Spatial Ecology and Climate Change Modelling

We have undertaken a number of spatial ecology and climate change projects with Western Australian amphibians, birds and mammals as model species. Some of this work arose from Dr Shaun Molloy’s PhD research on spatial modelling and Rob’s herpetology interests including his PhD on frogs in the WA wheatbelt have also formed an ongoing interest in the ecology of fragmented populations. Recent projects have studied the movement ecology of the Western Spotted Frog, the conservation of the endangered Pilbara northern quolls and the Western Ground Parrot.


Molloy, S.W., Burbidge, A.H., Comer, S. and Davis, R.A. (2020). Using climate change models to inform the recovery of a critically endangered parrot, the Western Ground Parrot. Oryx. 54: 52-61.  

Davis, R.A., Roberts, D. and Lohr, C. (2019). Amphibian survival and population viability in an agricultural landscape with a drying climate. Population Ecology. 61: 102-112. 

Dornelas M, Antão LH, Moyes F, et al. including Davis, R.A. (2018).BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 27:760-786.

Molloy, S.W., Davis, R.A., Dunlop, J. and Van Etten, E.J.B. (2017). Applying surrogate species presences to correct sample bias in species distribution models: a case study using the Pilbara population of the Northern Quoll. Nature Conservation 18:25-46.

Molloy, S.W. and Davis, R.A. (2016)Resilience to agricultural habitat fragmentation in an arboreal marsupial. Australian Mammalogy. Online Early.

Molloy, S.W., Davis, R.A. and Van Etten, E.J.B. (2016). An evaluation and comparison of spatial modelling applications for the management of biodiversity: A case study on the fragmented landscapes of south-western Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology.

Molloy, S.W., Davis, R.A. and Van Etten, E.J.B. (2016). Incorporating field studies into species distribution and climate change modelling: a case study of the koomal Trichosurus vulpecula hypoleucus (Phalangeridae). PLoS One 11(4): e0154161.

Molloy, S., Davis, R.A. and van Etten, E. (2014). Species distribution modelling using bioclimatic variables to determine the impacts of a changing climate on the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis; Pseudocheiridae). Environmental Conservation. 41(2): 176-186.

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