Staff profile - Andrew Bennett
Prof Andrew Bennett
|Position:||Associate Head of School (Research)|
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment|
|Department:||School of Life and Environmental Sciences|
|Campus:||Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 92517609 +61 3 92517609|
Prof. Andrew Bennett holds a Personal Chair and is Assoc. Head of School (Research) in the School of Life & Environmental Sciences at Deakin University. Prior to joining Deakin in 1996, he was a Senior Scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria. He has broad research interests in landscape ecology and conservation biology, with a focus on understanding how human land-use and landscape change affect native fauna and ecological processes.
Current research projects include collaborative studies of the effects of fire in semi-arid mallee, dry box-ironbark forests and foothill forest ecosystems; and longer-term investigations of wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes. Six-month study periods in Canada (Carleton University), Britain (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and USA (Harvard Forest, Harvard University) have helped provide a broader international perspective on landscape change and nature conservation.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1988
Deakin University - Personal Chair (2009 - present)
Deakin University - Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assoc. Professor (1996-2008)
Dept Conserv. & Natural Res, Victoria - Scientist, Senior Scientist (1984-1995)
BSc (Hons), PhD (The University of Melbourne)
2012 (July - Dec) Harvard Forest, Harvard University, USA
2000 (Jan - July) Monks Wood, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
1989 (Mar - Aug) Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Ecological Society of Australia
International Association for Landscape Ecology
Australian Mammal Society
Editorial Boards: Austral Ecology, Ecological Management & Restoration
Scientific Reference Committees: Zoos Victoria
Subjects and units currently teaching
Ecology and Environment
PhD completions (Principal Supervisor)
2000 Rodney van der Ree - The ecology of arboreal marsupials in a network of remnant linear habitats
2002 Jim Radford - The distribution and conservation ecology of the White-browed Treecreeper, Climacteris affinis, in north-west Victoria
2002 Jenny Wilson - Flowering patterns and ecology of Eucalyptus species in Box-Ironbark forests
2004 Lindy Lumsden - The ecology and conservation of insectivorous bats in rural landscapes
2006 Mark Antos - The ecology and conservation of ground-foraging woodland birds
2007 Grant Palmer - Ecological value of riparian zones to birds in forest landscapes
2008 Greg Holland - Small mammals in a fragmented landscape: pattern and process
2008 Angie Haslem - Landscape pattern, countryside heterogeneity and bird conservation in agricultural environments
2008 Lindy MacRaild - Ecology of mistletoe parasitism in rural landscapes: a multi-scale perspective
2010 Luke Kelly - Ecology and conservation of small mammals in a fire-prone landscape
2011 Dale Nimmo - Fire, energy, and the ecology of reptiles in semi-arid Australia
2011 Simon Watson - Fire and the conservation of the avifauna of mallee ecosystems
2011 Sarah Brown - Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee: multi-scale habitat requirements and population structure
2001 Chris Tzaros - Importance of riparian vegetation to terrestrial avifauna along the Murray River, south-eastern Australia’
Current PhD students:
Awards and prizes
2011 Charles Bullard Fellowship, Harvard University
2004 David Ashton Biodiversity Award (NRE Science Awards - Co-Investigator)
2000 Travelling Fellowship, Land & Water Australia
2000 David Ashton Biodiversity Award (NRE Science Awards - Team Leader)
1980 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust (Award)
2007 Teaching Excellence Award, Deakin University (individual)
2007 Teaching Excellence Award, Deakin University (team award)
Ecology and conservation biology of Australian fauna
Ecological effects of human land-use, especially patterns of landscape change in agricultural regions
Landscape ecology of fire and its implications for biota and ecological processes
Ecology and conservation of woodland ecosystems
Centre for Integrative Ecology
Landscape Ecology Research Group
Bennett, A.F., Nimmo, D.G., Radford, J.Q. 2014. Riparian vegetation has disproportionate benefits for the landscape-scale conservation of woodland birds in highly modifed environments. J. Appl Ecol 51: 514-23.
Nimmo, D.G., Kelly, L.T., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Watson, S.J., Haslem, A., White, J.G., Clarke, M.F. and Bennett, A.F. 2012. Predicting the century-long, post-fire responses of reptiles. Glob Ecol & Biogeog 21: 1062-73.
Taylor, R.S., Watson, S.J., Nimmo, D.G., Kelly, L.T., Bennett, A.F. and Clarke, M.F. 2012. Landscape-scale effects of fire on bird assemblages: does pyrodiversity beget biodiversity? Div & Distrib 18: 519-29.
Watson, S.J.A., Taylor, R., Nimmo, D.G., Kelly, L.T., Clarke, M.F. and Bennett, A.F. 2012. Effects of time-since-fire on birds: how informative are generalised fire response curves for conservation management? Ecol Applic 22: 685-96.
Kelly, L.T., Nimmo, D.G., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Taylor, R., Watson, S.J., Clarke, M.F. and Bennett, A.F. 2012. Managing fire mosaics for small mammal conservation: a landscape perspective. J Appl Ecol 49: 412-21.
Haslem, A., Kelly, L.T., Nimmo, D.G., Watson, S.J., Kenny, S.A., Taylor, R.S., Avitabile, S.C., Callister, K.E., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Clarke, M.F. and Bennett, A.F. 2011. Habitat or fuel? Implications of long-term post-fire dynamics for the development of key resources for fauna and fire. J Appl Ecol 48: 247-56.
Lindenmayer, D., Bennett, A. and Hobbs, R. (eds). 2010. Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.
Holland, G.J. and Bennett, A.F. 2010. Habitat fragmentation disrupts the demography of a widespread native mammal. Ecography 33: 841-53.
Mac Nally, R., Bennett, A.F., Thomson, J.R., Radford, J.Q., Unmack, G., Horrocks, G. and Vesk, P.A. 2009. Collapse of an avifauna: climate change appears to exacerbate habitat loss and degradation. Div & Distrib 15: 720-30.
Haslem, A. and Bennett, A.F. 2008. Birds in agricultural mosaics: the influence of landscape pattern and countryside heterogeneity. Ecol Applic 18: 185-96.
Radford, J.Q. and Bennett, A.F. 2007. The relative importance of landscape properties for woodland birds in agricultural environments. J Appl Ecol 44: 737-47.
Bennett, A.F., Radford, J.Q. & Haslem, A. 2006. Properties of land mosaics: implications for nature conservation in agricultural environments. Biol Conserv 133: 250-264.
Radford, J.Q., Bennett, A.F. and Cheers, G.J. 2005. Landscape-level thresholds of habitat cover for woodland birds. Biol Conserv 124: 317-37.
Mac Nally, R., Bennett, A.F. and Horrocks, G., 2000. Forecasting the impact of habitat fragmentation. Evaluation of species-specific predictions of the impact of habitat fragmentation on birds in the box-ironbark forests of central Victoria, Australia. Biol Conserv 95: 7-29.
Bennett, A.F., 1999, 2003. Linkages in the Landscape. The Role of Corridors and Connectivity in Wildlife Conservation. (IUCN; Gland).
Bennett, A.F., Henein, K. and Merriam, G., 1994. Corridor use and the elements of corridor quality: chipmunks and fencerows in a farmland mosaic. Biol Conserv 68, 155-65
Bennett, A.F.1991. Roads, roadsides and wildlife conservation: a review. pp. 99-118 in Nature Conservation 2: The Role of Corridors (Surrey Beatty: Sydney).