A list of recent publications by Research Ecology is given below. Please contact us directly if you would like a copy of any of our published works.



Mott, R., Herrod, A., Clarke, R.H. (2017). Post-breeding dispersal of frigatebirds increases their exposure to mercury. Marine Pollution Bulletin 119(1): 204-210 doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.03.050

Mott, R., Herrod, A., Clarke, R.H. (2017). Resource partitioning between species and sexes in Great Frigatebirds and Lesser Frigatebirds. The Auk 134(1): 153-167 doi: 10.1642/AUK-16-184.1

Selwood, K., Clarke, R.H., McGeoch, M. and Mac Nally, R. (2017). Green tongues into the arid zone: river floodplains extend the distribution of terrestrial bird species. Ecosystems 20(4): 745-756 doi: 10.1007/s10021-016-0059-y

Rog, S.M., Clarke, R.H. and Cook, C.N. (2017). More than marine: revealing the critical importance of mangrove ecosystems for terrestrial vertebrates. Diversity and Distributions 23(2): 221-230 doi: 10.1111/ddi.12514

Clarke, R.H., Swann, G., Carter, M.J., Mott, R.M. and Herrod, A. (2017) The avifauna of Cartier Island commonwealth marine reserve, north-western Australia. Australian Field Ornithology 34: 18-25


Mott, R., Herrod, A., Clarke, R.H. (2016). Interpopulation resource partitioning of Lesser Frigatebirds and the influence of environmental context. Ecology and Evolution 6(23): 8583-8594 doi: 10.1002/ece3.2565

Hodgson, J., Baylis, S.M., Mott, R.M., Herrod, A. and Clarke, R.H. (2016). Precision wildlife monitoring using unmanned aerial vehicles. Scientific Reports doi:10.1038/srep22574

Stevens, K.P, Harrison, K, Clarke, R.H., Cooke, R., Hogan, F.E. (2016). Genetic structure and sex-biased dispersal of a declining cooperative-breeder, the Grey-crowned Babbler, Pomatostomus temporalis, at the southern edge of its range. Emu 116(4): 323-332 doi: 10.1071/MU15096

Woodland, R.J., Warry, F.Y., Evrard, V. Clarke, R.H., Reich, P. and Cook, P.L.M. (2016). Trophic position distributions of primary and tertiary consumers differ from secondary consumers. Oikos 125: 556-565 doi: 10.1111/oik.02486


Selwood, K., Clarke, R.H., Cunningham, S.C., Lada, H., McGeoch, M. and Mac Nally, R. (2015). A bust but no boom: Responses of floodplain bird assemblages during and after prolonged drought. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 1700-1710. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12424

Selwood, K., Thomson, J.R., Clarke, R.H., McGeoch, M. and Mac Nally, R. (2015) Resistance and resilience of terrestrial birds in drying climates: do floodplains provide drought refugia? Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 838–848 doi: 10.1111/geb.12305

Bennett, J.M., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R. & Mac Nally R., (2015) Fragmentation, vegetation change and irruptive competitors affect recruitment of woodland birds. Ecography 38: 163-172 doi: 10.1111/ecog.00936.

Stevens, K.P., Holland, G.J., Clarke, R.H., Cooke, R., Bennett, A.F. (2015) What determines habitat quality for a declining woodland bird in a fragmented environment: the grey-crowned babbler Pomatostomus temporalis in south-eastern Australia? PLoS ONE 10(6): e0130738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130738

Bennett, J.M., Clarke, R.H., Horrocks, G.F.B., Thomson, J.R. and Mac Nally, R. (2015) Climate drying amplifies the effects of fragmentation and interspecific interactions on birds. Landscape Ecology 30: 2031-2043. doi 10.1007/s10980-015-0229-x

Davies, T.E., Clarke, R.H., Ewen, J.E., Fazey, I.R.A., Pettorelli, N., Cresswell, W. (2015). Impacts of land use change on endemic avifauna on Makira, Solomon Islands: endemics avoid monoculture. Emu 115: 199–213. doi 10.1071/MU14108

Mott, R.M., Herrod, A., Hodgson, J.C. and Clarke, R.H. (2015). An Evaluation of the Use of Predicted Harness Spans for Correctly Fitting Leg-Loop Harnesses in Seabird Research. Waterbirds 38: 420–424. doi 10.1675/063.038.0406


Bennett, J.M., Nimmo D.G., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R., Cheers, G., Horrocks, G.F.B., Hall, M, Radford, J.Q., Bennett, A.F. & Mac Nally, R. (2014) Resistance and resilience: Can the abrupt end of extreme drought reverse avifaunal collapse? Diversity and Distributions. Early online 8 July 2014 doi: 10.1111/ddi.12230

Lavers, J.L., Miller, G.R., Carter, M.J., Swann, G. and Clarke, R.H. (2014) Predicting the spatial distribution of a seabird community in the Timor Sea. Conservation Biology. Early online 27 June 2014 doi: 10.1111/cobi.12324

Bennett, J.M., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R. & Mac Nally R. (2014) Variation in abundance of nectarivorous birds: Does a competitive despot interfere with flower-tracking? Journal of Animal Ecology. Early online 9 June 2014. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12245

Bennett, J.M., Clarke, R.H., Thomson, J.R. & Mac Nally R., (2014) Fragmentation, vegetation change and irruptive competitors affect recruitment of woodland birds. Ecography. Early online 9 June 2014 doi: 10.1111/ecog.00936.

Mac Nally, R., Nerenberg, S., Thomson, J.R., Lada, H. and Clarke, R.H. (2014) Do frogs bounce, and if so, by how much? Responses to the ‘Big Wet’ following the ‘Big Dry’ in southeastern Australia. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23: 223-234. doi:10.1111/geb.12104.

Herrod, A., King, M., Ingwersen, D. and Clarke, R.H. (2014) Tracking devices attached with harnesses influence behaviour but not body mass of Princess Parrots Polytelis alexandrae. Journal of Ornithology. Published online 6 Dec 2013. doi:10.1007/s10336-013-1034-4.

Pavey, C.R., Nano, C.E.M., Cole, J.R., Hodgens, P., McDonald, P.J., Nunn, P., Silcocks, A. and Clarke, R.H.  (2014) The breeding and foraging ecology and abundance of the Princess Parrot, Polytelis alexandrae, during a population irruption. Emu 114: 106-115 doi:10.1071/MU13050

Lavers, J.L., Herrod, A. & Clarke, R.H. (2014) Predation of Greater Crested Tern eggs by juvenile Brown Boobies on Ashmore Reef. Waterbirds, 37: 215-219. doi:10.1675/063.037.0210

Bennett, J.M., Cunningham, S.C., Clarke, R.H., Connelly, C.A., Thomson, J.R. and Mac Nally, R. (2013) The interaction between a drying climate and land use affects forest structure and above-ground carbon storage. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 1238–1247. doi: 10.1111/geb.12083.


Lavers, J.L., Hodgson, J. and Clarke, R.H. (2013) Prevalence and composition of marine debris in Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) nests on Ashmore Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin 77: 320–324. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.09.026.

Ryan, P.G., Rose, B., Carter, M. and Clarke, R.H. (2013) A review of Jouanin’s Petrel records in the eastern Indian Ocean. Ostrich 84: 161–164. doi:10.2989/00306525.2013.821682.

Brown, S.M., Harrisson, K.A., Clarke, R.H., Bennett, A.F. and Sunnucks, P. (2013) Limited Population Structure, Genetic Drift and Bottlenecks Characterise an Endangered Bird Species in a Dynamic, Fire-Prone Ecosystem. PLoS ONE 8(4):e59732. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0059732.

Clarke, R.H. and Ewen, J.E. (2013) Red-capped (or Papuan) Flowerpecker (Dicaeum geelvinkianum) calls Australia home. Australian Field Ornithology 30: 57-66.