Some of the recent publications by Research Ecology are listed below. Please contact us directly if you would like a copy of any of our published works.



Matcott, J., Baylis, S. & Clarke, R.H. (2019) The Influence of Petroleum Oil Films on the Feather Structure of Tropical and Temperate Seabird Species. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 138, 135-144.

Mitchell, W. and Clarke, R.H. Using infrared thermography to detect night-roosting birds. Journal of Field Ornithology (accepted 8 Jan 2019)


Baylis, S.M, Drynan, D., Clarke, N., Van, M., Sunnucks, P. and Clarke, R.H. (2018) Estimates of wear rates in metal bird bands, with applications for survival and movement models of marked individuals. Journal of Field Ornithology 89, 393-406.

Giljohann K., Kelly, L.T., Connell, J., Clarke, M., Clarke, R.H., Regan, T.R., and McCarthy, M.A. (2018) Assessing sensitivity of biodiversity indices to inform fire management. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, 461-471 doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13006

Selwood, K., McGeoch, M., Clarke, R.H. and Mac Nally, R. (2018) High-productivity vegetation is important for lessening bird declines during prolonged drought. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, 641-650

Baker, D.J., Garnett, S.T., O’Connor, J., Ehmke, G., Clarke, R.H., Woinarski, J.C.Z. & McGeoch, M.A. (2018) Conserving the abundance in non-threatened species. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13197.

Baylis, S. M., Sunnucks, P. and Clarke R.H.  (2018). A model for first-estimates of species-specific, age-specific mortality from centralized band-recovery databases. Ecosphere 9(4):e02136. 10.1002/ecs2.2136

Stevens, K.P, Harrison, K, Hogan, F.E. Cooke, R. and Clarke, R.H. (2018). Reduced gene flow in a vulnerable species reflects two centuries of habitat loss and fragmentation. Ecosphere 9, e02114. doi 10.1002/ecs2.2114

van Bemmelen R.S.A., Clarke, R.H., Pyle, P. and Camphuysen, K.C.J. (2018) Timing and duration of primary molt in northern hemisphere skuas and jaegers. The Auk 135, 1043-1054.

Mott, R. and Clarke, R.H. (2018). Systematic review of geographic biases in the collection of at-sea distribution data for seabirds. Emu 118, 235-246.

Taylor, G., Ewen, J.E., Clarke, R.H., Blackburn, T.M., Johnson, G. and Ingwersen, D. (2018). Video monitoring reveals novel threat to Critically Endangered captive-bred and released Regent Honeyeaters. Emu doi 10.1080/01584197.2018.1442227

Donnelly, D.M., Ensor, P., Gill, P., Clarke, R.H., Evans, K., Double, M.C., Webster, T., Rayment, W. and Schmitt, N.T. (2018) New diagnostic descriptions and distribution information for Shepherd’s Beaked Whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi) off southern Australia and New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science doi 10.1111/mms.12478.


Taylor, G., Canessa, S., Clarke, R.H., Ingwersen, D., Armstrong, D.P., Seddon, P.J. & Ewen, J.E. (2017). Is reintroduction biology an effective applied science? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32, 873-880. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.002

Menkhorst, P., Rogers, D., Clarke, R.H., Davies, D., Marsack, P. and Franklin, K. (2017) The Australian Bird Guide. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

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

Connell, J., Watson, S.J., Taylor, R.S., Avitabile, S.C., Clarke, R.H., Bennett, A.F., and Clarke, M.F. (2017). Testing the effects of a century of fires: Requirements for post-fire succession predict the distribution of threatened bird species. Diversity and Distributions 23, 1078–1089. doi:10.1111/ddi.12597

Mott, R., Herrod, A. and Clarke, R.H. (2017) Post-breeding dispersal of frigatebirds increases their exposure to mercury. Marine Pollution Bulletin 119, 204-210

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

Clarke R.H., Gales, R. and Schultz, M. (2017) Land-based observations of cetaceans off subantarctic Macquarie Island. Australian Mammalogy 39, 248-253. doi: 10.1071/AM16007

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.

McGowan, J., Smith, R.J., Di Marco, M., Clarke, R.H., and Possingham, H.P. (2017). An evaluation of Marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in the context of spatial conservation prioritization. Conservation Letters. doi:10.1111/conl.12399

Baker, C.M, Hodgson, J.  Tartaglia, E. and Clarke, R.H. (2017) Modelling tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata) dynamics and detection to inform an eradication project. Biological Invasions 19, 2959–2970 doi 10.1007/s10530-017-1499-9. (IF 3.05).

Minton, C., Hassell, C., Clarke, R.H. and Jackett. N. (2017) White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) now an international migratory wader? The Stilt 71, 51-53.


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

Selwood, K., Clarke, R.H., McGeoch, M. and Mac Nally, R. (2016) Green Tongues into the Arid Zone: River Floodplains Extend the Distribution of Terrestrial Bird Species. Ecosystems. doi:10.1007/s10021-016-0059-y

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

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

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, 323-332 doi: 10.1071/MU15096

Clarke, R.H., Carter, M.J., Swann, G. and Herrod, A. (2016) A record of the Siberian Blue Robin Larvivora cyane at Ashmore Reef off north-western Australia, April 2012. Australian Field Ornithology 33, 41-43.


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.