Staff profile - Raylene Cooke

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AsPr Raylene Cooke

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17608 +61 3 925 17608


Subjects and units currently teaching

SLE114 Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation

SLE225 Global Environmental Placement

SLE301 Professional Practice

Student supervision

PhD Students

Victor Hurley (completed 2014). Factors effecting breeding success of peregrine falcons in Victoria.

Bronwyn Isaac (completed 2013). Spatial ecology of the powerful owl over an urban-to-forest gradient

Rohan Bilney (completed 2010). The diet and ecology of large forest owls in East Gippsland.

Fiona Hogan (completed 2008). DNA fingerprinting the powerful owl

Marian Weaving (current).  The response of nocturnal birds to a suburban-forest gradient

Kate Stevens (current). The ecology and behaviour of the grey-crowned babbler

Belinda Christie (co-supervisor) Critical thinking for sustainability: effective pedagogy in university education

Christine Connelly (co-supervisor). Urbanization and Eastern Yellow Robins 


Research interests


Urban Ecology

Urban Gradients and Biodiversity

Research groups

Centre for Integrative Ecology

Wildlife and Conservation Biology



Top 5:

Isaac, B., Cooke, R., Ierodiaconou, D., White, J.(2014) Does urbanization have the potential to create an ecological trap for powerful owls, Biological Conservation, vol. 176, pp. 1-11

Rendall, A.R., Sutherland, D.R., Cooke, R., White, J. (2014). Camera Trapping: A Contemporary Approach to Monitoring Invasive Rodents in High Conservation Priority Ecosystems. PLoS ONE 9(3): e86592

Weaving, M.J., White, J.G., Hower, K., Isaac, B., Cooke, R. (2014). Sex-bias space-use response to urbanization in an endemic urban adapter. Landscape and Urban Planning 130(73-80).

Hogan, F.E., Campbell, C., Harrison, K.A., Milledge, D., and Cooke, R. (2013) Molecular data contradicts historical records and cautions translocation of the Lord Howe Island masked owl, Biological Conservation, vol. 159, pp. 313-320.

Bilney, R.J., Cooke, R., and White, J.G. (2010) Underestimated and severe : small mammal decline from the forests of south-eastern Australia since European settlement, as revealed by a top-order predator, Biological Conservation, vol. 143, no. 1, pp. 52-59,

Link to publications

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