About John

Hello, and welcome to my Blog.

I am an Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  I am really interested in how disturbance processes influence wildlife populations, and how we can use this knowledge to better manage species.  Disturbance is a broad theme, but covers human induced disturbances such as urbanisation and agricultural conversion, through to relatively natural disturbance process such as fire.  In amongst every thing I also have a keen interested in introduced species and their impacts on natural and urbanized systems.

My major research these days is a long-term project in the Grampians looking at the role of fire and climate in structuring small mammal communities.  We now have 8 years of data which is really exciting, and the lessons we are learning are really fascinating.

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