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A/Prof. Raylene Cooke

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Position

Associate Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

raylene.cooke@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17608

Biography summary

Raylene has been an academic at Deakin since 2002.  A passion for education and research has seen her develop an impressive teaching and research portfolio.  She has a dedication to creating learning environments which promote the development of skills in her students which readily transfer into employment.  Raylene is a champion for creating highly stimulating real world field based education platforms,  enhancing opportunities for work integrated learning, and encouraging engagement in global learning experiences.  Her teaching is backed up by her strong research background in wildlife conservation. A passion for raptors has seen her working for many years on powerful owls and how they can be better conserved in urbanizing landscapes.

Raylene is the course director for the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) where she has worked to scaffold work integrated learning, field based learning and global engagement across the degree program.  She is also part of the faculty working group for work integrated learning, and is part of the faculty team driving the increase in global mobility of our students.

Research interests

Raylene is an active researcher with a focus on how disturbance processes such as urbanization, fire and introduced species impact upon our unique ecosystems and wildlife.  Much of her research has seen her working on the outskirts of Melbourne tracking down the elusive powerful owl, one of the few native top-order predators still residing on the edge of our cities.  Using spatial modelling and GPS tracking technologies with powerful owls has changed our perceptions of how predators can respond to urbanisation processes.  Raylene is also an important part of our long-term research program in the Grampians National Park investigating the role of fire and climate change on small mammals.  She has been part of this research since it started in 2008 and was integral in the team winning the Nancy Millis Award in 2016 for research that changes the way Parks Victoria manages its park assets.


Raylene has a dynamic research team of honours students and postgraduates working on urban processes, raptor ecology, invasive species and conservation ecology.

Teaching interests

Raylene has been a major driver of creating highly experiential learning environments in the field, the workplace and around the world.  Encouraging the integration of work integrated learning opportunities across the Bachelor Environmental Science suite of degrees, has seen her become a leader in preparing students for the transition out of university and into employment.  Creating a dynamic and exciting learning environment has been fundamental in Raylene driving the delivery of our highly immersive field studies programs and global environmental placements.  A dynamic educator, Raylene has been recognised both at the University and nationally.

Units taught

SLE114 Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Management (Unit Chair)
SLE225 Global Environmental Placement (Unit Chair)
SLE301 Professional Practice (Unit Chair)
SLE302 Wildlife Field Studies (Teaches into)

Research groups

Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Awards

2017  Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence
2016  Nancy Millis Award for Science in Parks
2015  Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Experiences
2007  Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (National award)
2005  Vice-Chancellors Award for Distinguished Teaching
2005  Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence

Publications

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2020

Photography can determine the sex of a predator with limited sexual dimorphism: A case study of the powerful owl

R Cooke, A Rendall, M Weston, N Porch, N Bradsworth, J White

(2020), Vol. 22, pp. 1-8, Global Ecology and Conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2019

Zonation of a small mammal community within coastal dunes

A Rendall, R Cooke, J White, M Weston

(2019), Vol. 217, pp. 206-210, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Joining the dots: how does an apex predator move through an urbanizing landscape?

N Carter, R Cooke, J White, D Whisson, B Isaac, N Bradsworth

(2019), Vol. 17, pp. 1-12, Global ecology and conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2018

Urbanization and raptors: trends and research approaches

R Cooke, F Hogan, B Isaac, M Weaving, J White

(2018), pp. 64-75, Urban raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in cities, Washington, D. C., B1

book chapter

Powerful owls: possum assassins move into town

R Cooke, F Hogan, B Isaac, M Weaving, J White

(2018), pp. 152-165, Urban raptors : ecology and conservation of birds of prey in cities, Washington, D. C., B1

book chapter

Reduced gene flow in a vulnerable species reflects two centuries of habitat loss and fragmentation

K Stevens, K Harrisson, F Hogan, R Cooke, R Clarke

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 1-15, Ecosphere, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article
2017

Species distribution models derived from citizen science data predict the fine scale movements of owls in an urbanizing landscape

N Bradsworth, J White, B Isaac, R Cooke

(2017), Vol. 213 : Part A, pp. 27-35, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Can owls be used to monitor the impacts of urbanisation? A cautionary tale of variable detection

R Cooke, H Grant, I Ebsworth, A Rendall, B Isaac, J White

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 573-581, Wildlife research, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article
2016

Adaptation to urban environments promotes high reproductive success in the tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), an endemic nocturnal bird species

M Weaving, J White, B Isaac, A Rendall, R Cooke

(2016), Vol. 150, pp. 87-95, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Fire and climatic extremes shape mammal distributions in a fire-prone landscape

S Hale, D Nimmo, R Cooke, G Holland, S James, M Stevens, N De Bondi, R Woods, M Castle, K Campbell, K Senior, S Cassidy, R Duffy, B Holmes, J White

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 1127-1138, Diversity and distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Genetic structure and sex-biased dispersal of a declining cooperative-breeder, the Grey-crowned Babbler, Pomatostomus temporalis, at the southern edge of its range

K Stevens, K Harrisson, R Clarke, R Cooke, F Hogan

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 323-332, Emu: Austral Ornithology, Melbourne, VIC, C1

journal article
2015

Environmental sustainability in higher education : What do academics think?

B Christie, K Miller, R Cooke, J White

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 655-686, Environmental Education Research, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

What determines habitat quality for a declining woodland bird in a fragmented environment: the grey-crowned babbler pomatostomus temporalis in South-Eastern Australia?

K Stevens, G Holland, R Clarke, R Cooke, A Bennett

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, PLoS one, San Fransico, Calif., C1

journal article
2014

Sex-biased space-use response to urbanization in an endemic urban adapter

M Weaving, J White, K Hower, B Isaac, R Cooke

(2014), Vol. 130, pp. 73-80, Landscape and Urban Planning, Amsterdam , Netherlands, C1

journal article

Camera trapping: a contemporary approach to monitoring invasive rodents in high conservation priority ecosystems

A Rendall, D Sutherland, R Cooke, J White

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-10, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

Does urbanization have the potential to create an ecological trap for powerful owls (Ninox strenua)?

B Isaac, R Cooke, D Ierodiaconou, J White

(2014), Vol. 176, pp. 1-11, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Simplification of arboreal marsupial assemblages in response to increasing urbanization

B Isaac, J White, D Ierodiaconou, R Cooke

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-15, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

Urban to forest gradients: suitability for hollow bearing trees and implications for obligate hollow nesters

Bronwyn Isaac, John White, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Raylene Cooke

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 963-972, Austral ecology, Richmond, Vic, C1

journal article
2013

Environmental sustainability in higher education : how do academics teach?

B Christie, K Miller, R Cooke, J White

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 385-414, Environmental education research, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Molecular data contradicts historical records and cautions translocation of the Lord Howe Island masked owl

F Hogan, C Campbell, K Harrison, D Milledge, R Cooke

(2013), Vol. 159, pp. 313-320, Biological Conservation, C1

journal article

Techniques for optimising long-term, large-scale capture-mark-resighting raptor studies: Climb hard, band fast

V Hurley, J White, R Cooke

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 269-280, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article

Response of a cryptic apex predator to a complete urban to forest gradient

B Isaac, J White, D Ierodiaconou, R Cooke

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 427-436, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article
2012

Short-term impact of a mega-fire on small mammal communities during prolonged drought

M Stevens, J White, R Cooke

(2012), Vol. 124, pp. 61-70, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article
2011

Potential competition between two top-order predators following a dramatic contraction in the diversity of their prey base

R Bilney, R Cooke, J White

(2011), Vol. 61, pp. 29-47, Animal Biology, C1

journal article

Spatial ecology of Sooty Owls in south-eastern Australian coastal forests: Implications for forest management and reserve design

R Bilney, J White, F L'Hotellier, R Cooke

(2011), Vol. 111, pp. 92-99, Emu, C1

journal article

The distribution of three nocturnal bird species across a suburbanforest gradient

M Weaving, J White, B Isaac, R Cooke

(2011), Vol. 111, pp. 52-58, Emu, C1

journal article

Reversed sexual dimorphism and altered prey base: The effect on sooty owl (Tyto tenebricosa tenebricosa) diet

R Bilney, J White, R Cooke

(2011), Vol. 59, pp. 302-311, Australian Journal of Zoology, C1

journal article
2010

Insights into the breeding behaviour and dispersal of the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) through the collection of shed feathers

F E. Hogan, R Cooke

(2010), Vol. 110, pp. 178-184, Emu, C1

journal article

A comparison of the effectiveness of camera trapping and live trapping for sampling terrestrial small-mammal communities

N De Bondi, J White, M Stevens, R Cooke

(2010), Vol. 37, pp. 456-465, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article

Underestimated and severe: Small mammal decline from the forests of south-eastern Australia since European settlement, as revealed by a top-order predator

R Bilney, R Cooke, J White

(2010), Vol. 143, pp. 52-59, Biological Conservation, C1

journal article

The effect of artificial night light on the abundance of nocturnal birds

M Weaving, R Cooke

(2010), Vol. 127, pp. 192-195, Victorian Naturalist, C1-1

journal article
2009

The response of ground and bark foraging insectivorous birds across an urban-forest gradient

S Trollope, J White, R Cooke

(2009), Vol. 93, pp. 142-150, Landscape and Urban Planning, C1

journal article

Reverse ascertainment bias in microsatellite allelic diversity in owls (Aves, Strigiformes)

F Hogan, R Cooke, J Norman

(2009), Vol. 10, pp. 635-638, Conservation Genetics, C1

journal article

Conservation biology: A 'crisis discipline'

F Hogan, R Cooke

(2009), Vol. 126, pp. 92-98, Victorian Naturalist, C1

journal article
2008

Detection of owls, owlet nightjars and arboreal mammals in edge environments of Cape Otway, south-western Victoria

J Pascoe, R Cooke, J White

(2008), Vol. 120, pp. 206-215, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, C1

journal article

Predictive mapping of powerful owl (Ninox strenua) breeding sites using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in urban Melbourne, Australia

B Isaac, R Cooke, D Simmons, F Hogan

(2008), Vol. 84, pp. 212-218, Landscape and Urban Planning, C1

journal article

Optimizing the use of shed feathers for genetic analysis

F Hogan, R Cooke, C Burridge, J Norman

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 561-567, Molecular Ecology Resources, C1

journal article
2007

A morphological model for sexing nestling peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus macropus) verified through genetic analysis

V Hurley, F Hogan, J White, R Cooke

(2007), Vol. 34, pp. 54-58, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article

Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci to DNA fingerprint the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)

F Hogan, C Burridge, R Cooke, J Norman

(2007), Vol. 7, pp. 1305-1307, Molecular Ecology Notes, C1

journal article
2006

Understanding Student Expectations in Developing Environmental Science Courses

Raylene Cooke, Kelly Miller, John White

(2006), Vol. 13, pp. 9-20, The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, C1

journal article

The diet of powerful owls (Ninox strenua) and prey availability in a continuum of habitats from disturbed urban fringe to protected forest environments in south-eastern Australia

R Cooke, R Wallis, F Hogan, J White, A Webster

(2006), Vol. 33, pp. 199-206, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article

Change in the diet of sooty owls (Tyto tenebricosa) since European settlement: From terrestrial to arboreal prey and increased overlap with powerful owls

R Bilney, R Cooke, J White

(2006), Vol. 33, pp. 17-24, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article
2005

Methods of marking juvenile Powerful Owls in Melbourne, Australia

R Cooke, F Hogan, R Wallis, V Hurley

(2005), pp. 1-13, Towards conservation of Asian raptors through science and action : Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Asian Raptors 2005, Perak, Malaysia, E1-1

conference

A non-invasive sampling strategy for mapping genetic variation of the Powerful Owl in Australia

F Hogan, R Cooke, J Norman, C Burridge

(2005), pp. 200-208, Towards conservation of Asian raptors through science and action : Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Asian Raptors 2005, Perak, Malaysia, E1-1

conference
2002

Urbanisation and the ecology of powerful owls ninox strenua in outer Melbourne, Victoria

R Cooke, R Wallis, A Webster

(2002), pp. 100-106, Ecology and conservation of owls, Collingwood, Vic., B1

book chapter

Use of vegetative structure by powerful owls in outer urban Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Implications for management

R Cooke, R Wallis, J White

(2002), Vol. 36, pp. 294-299, Journal of Raptor Research, C1

journal article
1999

Diet, roosts and breeding of Powerful Owls Ninox strenua in a disturbed, urban environment: a case for cannibalism? Or a case of infanticide?

A Webster, R Cooke, G Jameson, R Wallis

(1999), Vol. 99, pp. 80-83, Emu: Austral Ornithology, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article
1997

Relating physical activity to health status, social connections and community facilities

C MacDougall, R Cooke, N Owen, K Willson, A Bauman

(1997), Vol. 21, pp. 631-637, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Long-term responses of wildlife populations to landscape-scale wildfire: Grampians National Park case study

A/Prof John White, A/Prof Raylene Cooke

  • 2020: $14,000
  • 2019: $24,000
  • 2018: $9,000
  • 2017: $20,000
  • 2016: $36,500
  • 2015: $35,000
  • 2013: $30,000
  • 2012: $25,000
  • 2010: $10,000
  • 2009: $5,000
  • 2008: $15,000

DNA fingerprinting the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) across Victoria

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Dr Janette Norman

  • 2007: $2,300

Spatial ecology of top-order predators across a gradient of urbanized parks

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White

  • 2007: $8,400

Response of masked and sooty owls to intensive and long-term fox baiting in Cape Conran Coastal park

A/Prof John White, A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Mr Andrew Murray

  • 2007: $5,200

Springing ecological traps: Prompting Powerful Owl breeding in urban remnants by manipulating breeding resources

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White

  • 2008: $2,000
  • 2006: $9,500

Movement ecology of a top-order predator in an urbanizing landscape: Powerful owls and their response to urbanisation

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Mr Nicholas Bradsworth, A/Prof John White

  • 2020: $800
  • 2019: $500
  • 2018: $2,000

Industry and Other Funding

Spatial ecology of top-order predators using innovative GPS technologies

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Miss Bronwyn Isaac

  • 2007: $1,364

Factors affecting the breeding success of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus macropus): Implications for management and conservation

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White, Mr Victor Hurley

  • 2006: $2,000

Co-existing native top order predators: their response to mass extinction and decline of ground mammals

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White, Mr Rohan Bilney

  • 2008: $5,000
  • 2007: $5,000
  • 2006: $4,000

Spatial ecology of the tawny frogmouth in an urban landscape

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White, Ms Marian Weaving

  • 2012: $7,500
  • 2010: $2,500
  • 2009: $10,400

Geographical Information Systems: Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) home ranges and resource use in habitats with varying gradients of urbanization

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White, Miss Bronwyn Isaac

  • 2006: $4,500

Behaviour and ecology of the tawny frogmouth in an urban landscape

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, A/Prof John White, Dr Fiona Hogan, Ms Marian Weaving

  • 2010: $2,500

The Ecology and Behaviour of the Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Ms Kate Stevens, Prof Andrew Bennett, Dr Rohan Clarke

  • 2010: $4,545

The Ecology and Behaviour of the Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Ms Kate Stevens, Prof Andrew Bennett, Dr Rohan Clarke

  • 2012: $7,500
  • 2011: $6,000
  • 2010: $6,000

Mesopredator interactions and prey preferences in Australia

A/Prof John White, Ms Eloise Dowd, A/Prof Euan Ritchie, A/Prof Raylene Cooke

  • 2012: $6,000

The ecology and biology of the Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Ms Kate Stevens

  • 2012: $2,000

The Ecology and Behaviour of the Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Ms Kate Stevens, Prof Andrew Bennett

  • 2012: $6,000

Effects of habitat fragmentation on breeding behaviour, mating systems and relatedness of family groups in the co-operatively breeding Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Ms Kate Stevens, Prof Andrew Bennett, Dr Rohan Clarke

  • 2013: $750

Climate change, fire, and small mammals: The Grampians National Park case study

A/Prof John White, A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Dr Dale Nimmo, Miss Susannah Hale

  • 2016: $3,500
  • 2015: $7,300
  • 2014: $5,000

Invasive species on islands: Trophic Cascades, Diet and Impact

A/Prof John White, A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Mr Anthony Rendall, Dr Duncan Sutherland

  • 2017: $3,200
  • 2016: $7,500

Examining the effects of urbanisation on bird assemblages in Melbourne's urban fringe and riparian networks

A/Prof John White, A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Ms Erin Lennox

  • 2019: $6,605

Movement ecology of a top-order predator in an urbanizing landscape: Powerful owls and their response to urbanisation

A/Prof Raylene Cooke, Mr Nicholas Bradsworth, A/Prof John White

  • 2020: $2,750
  • 2019: $8,989

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Kate Stevens

Thesis entitled: Species conservation in fragmented landscapes: Implications for the Grey-crowned Babbler

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Marian Jane Weaving

Thesis entitled: Ecology of an urban-adapted species over an urbanization gradient

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2009

Rohan Bilney

Thesis entitled: Sooty Owl Ecology and Recent Small Mammal Decline

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2008

Fiona Hogan

Thesis entitled: DNA Fingerprinting the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2019

Christine Connelly

Thesis entitled: Exploring the effects of urbanisation on Eastern Yellow Robins.

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2014

Belinda Christie

Thesis entitled: Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education: Academic opinion, practice, pedagogy & philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2013

Victor Hurley

Thesis entitled: Factors affecting breeding success in Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus macropus) across Victoria 1991 - 2012

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Bronwyn Isaac

Thesis entitled: Spatial Ecology of an Apex Predator over an Urban to Forest Gradient

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences