Staff profile - Don Driscoll
Prof Don Driscoll
|Position:||Professor Of Terrestrial Ecology|
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env|
|Department:||School of Life & Env. Sciences|
|Campus:||Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 925 17609 +61 3 925 17609|
PhD, UNI WA, metapopulation ecology of endangered frogs.
CSIRO Post-Doc, Canberra. Impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on reptiles and beetles in agricultural landscapes.
ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, UTAS. Habitat fragmentation and metapopulations.
Lecturer in Biodiversity, Flinders University. Coordinating/teaching a post-graduate biodiversity course. Fire and fragmentation research.
Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian Natrional University. Ecological synthesis, dispersal, fragmentation and fire research.
Professor of Terrestrial Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria.
- Bachelor of Science, Australian National University, 1991
- Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 1997
Chief Editor Ecological Society of Australia Hot Topics
Chair Ecological Society of Australia Media Working Group
Editor Austral Ecology, Plos1, Journal of Applied Ecology
All of my research has conservation biology as a central theme, with a focus on how species use whole landscapes, particularly the role of dispersal. I take a range of approaches, including manipulative experiments, natural experiments and the application of population genetic techniques. I place a strong emphasis on testing ecological theory using applied conservation problems.
Projects under way are examining how reptiles, beetles and butterflies respond to habitat fragmentation and degradation, including examining the influence of the matrix on species that depend on remnant vegetation.
• Georgianna Storey. PhD. Wombat dispersal, social structure and rehabilitation. (ANU)
• Juliana Lazzari. PhD. Interaction of fire and habitat fragmentation, reptiles. (ANU)
• Laurence Berry. PhD. Fire and succession in Mt Ash forests. (ANU)
• Nellida Vellasinor. PhD. Impacts of urbanisation on frogs, birds and mammals. (ANU).
• Stephanie Pulsford. PhD. Matrix ecology. (ANU)
• Geoff Kay. PhD. PhD. Woodland reptiles and restoration. (ANU)
• David Johnson. PhD. Woodland plants and restoration. (ANU)
• Melissa Wynn. PhD. Threatened reptile communities and invasive pests. (ANU)
• Kat Ng. PhD. Invertebrate and plant movement through the matrix in farmland. Testing the conceptual model of the matrix. (ANU)
• Nicole Hansen. PhD. Reptile movement through the matrix in farmland. Testing the conceptual model of the matrix. (ANU)
The Matrix in Ecology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZwTZ-d1ZRE
"Feed or Weed" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMz1PXtmo1c
Honours Project Available.
Title: Reconnecting landscapes through the matrix. A test using invertebrates.
Principal Supervisor: Professor Don Driscoll
Principal Supervisor contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Supervisor: Dr Nick Porch email@example.com
Associate Supervisor, external: Stephanie Pulsford, PhD Candidate, ANU.
Start date: February 2016
Wildlife movement is critical. It enables effective foraging within a home range, dispersal to new home ranges and range changes in response to climate change. However, movement is severely curtailed by habitat loss associated with intensive agriculture. Our project aims to discover if wildlife movement can be improved through productive farmland by altering management within paddocks. By understanding the connectivity value of rotational grazing, fences, linear tree plantings, and addition of course woody debris, we will define new methods for enhancing ecological sustainability in production landscapes. Without this knowledge, opportunities for increasing connectivity may be foregone.
This project will involve converting a large invertebrate collection into data in Nick's lab, undertaking statistical analysis with the close guidance of Don and Stephanie, then writing up the project with input from all supervisors. For the right student, this project has the potential to lead to one or more publications, and a great early start to your career.