westernWEB was formed in 2014 as collaboration between wildlife researchers at Western Australian (WA) Universities and community partners. Southwest WA is a global biodiversity hotspot, with high levels of plant and animal endemism that face significant threats in the form of habitat clearing, introduced pathogens and predators, and substantial urban development. This part of the globe is also showing the most rapid changes in climate, with significantly hotter and drier conditions being experienced over the last decade. These threats to biodiversity are happening on our ‘front doorstep’ and WA researchers therefore need to be leading the way in understanding the long term implications of these threatening processes.
Our research focuses on translational biology working across urban, agricultural and natural landscapes. We pursue the application of research, where improving our understanding has conservation or welfare implications. We investigate how animals respond to human presence, but also how they can contribute to our quality of life.
We are always open to research and community collaborations. There are many ideas for Honours and PhD student projects and wWEB are keen to get enthusiastic and committed students who want to make a research contribution towards our understanding of wildlife conservation, behaviour and evolution. If you are interested in working with us, please look under the link ‘want to work with us?’ or contact us directly (below).
Trish Fleming (Murdoch University) works across continents, disciplines, and taxa on applied projects that address welfare or conservation aims. Profile E: email@example.com
Bill Bateman (Curtin University) is a behavioural ecologist working on invertebrates through to large mammals with a special affection for insects (especially crickets) and lizards. Profile E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Warburton (Murdoch University) focuses on the comparative anatomy, functional morphology and evolution of vertebrates. Profile E: email@example.com
Peter Adams (Murdoch University/Dept Primary Industries & Rural Development DPIRD) is an applied ecologist who has been investigating feral and invasive species control. Profile E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Kreplins (Murdoch University/DPIRD) is a wildlife ecologist who is currently examining the behaviour and control of canids. E: email@example.com
Amanda Kristancic (Murdoch University) is a wildlife ecologist examining how we can enlist an army of bandicoots as urban ecosystem engineers. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Dundas (Murdoch University/NSW DPI) is a wildlife ecologist whose research focuses on interactions between native fauna, introduced predators and habitat change. Profile E: email@example.com
Stephanie Godfrey (Murdoch University/Otago University) is an ecologist who is interested in how animal behaviour shapes host-parasite interactions in wildlife. Profile E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Cooper (Curtin University) is an animal physiologist; her area of expertise is in vertebrate ecophysiology, with a particular emphasis on native Australian birds and mammals. Profile. E. C.Cooper@curtin.edu.au
Lauren Gilson (Curtin University) is an avian ecologist with an interest in behavioural ecology. Profile E: email@example.com
Leticia Povh (PhD) ‘Quokka populations in the northern jarrah forest – effective management of a threatened species’ Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Nicole Willers
Natasha Tay (PhD) ‘Escape locomotion and behaviour in marsupials’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Natalie Warburton, Bill Bateman, Katherine Moseby
John-Michael Stuart (PhD) ‘Predation of marine turtle nests and hatchlings by the red fox (Vulpes vulpes); understanding predator dynamics at marine turtle rookeries along the Pilbara Coast of Western Australia’ Murdoch University. Project supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Scott Whiting, Tracey Kreplins, Peter Adams, Bill Bateman
Sophie Cross (PhD) ‘Mine site restoration and top-order reptile predators‘ Curtin University (Centre for Mine Site Restoration). Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Mike Craig, Sean Tomlinson
James Barr (PhD) ‘King skinks: adaptations to island and urban life‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Steph Godfrey, Ruchira Somaweera
Leanda Mason (PhD) ‘Mygalomorph spiders and urbanisation‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Grant Wardell-Johnson, Bill Bateman, Nicole White
Kit Prendergast (PhD) ‘Bee diversity and ecology across an urban matrix‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Myles Menz, Kingsley Dixon
Simon Cherriman (PhD) ‘Population status and movement ecology of the Wedge-tailed Eagle in Western Australia’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Jill Shephard, Trish Fleming, Penny Olsen
Janine Kuehs (PhD) ‘Movement ecology and behaviour of the southern brown bandicoot in urban areas’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Tracey Kreplins, Bill Bateman
Laura-Jayne Ollerhead (PhD) ‘Behavioural ecophysiology of spiders’ Curtin University. Supervisors: Christine Cooper, Bill Bateman
Meg Lane (PhD) ‘Adaptations to digging in marsupials’. Murdoch University. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Nat Warburton, Kenny Travouillon (WA Museum)
Heather Crawford (PhD) ‘Urban cats’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Mike Calver, Joe Fontaine.
Ed Swinhoe (MSc) ‘Foxes in urban areas’ Murdoch University. Supervisors Trish Fleming, Bill Bateman, Peter Adams, Halina Kobryn
Ben Russell (Hons) Survey methods for macropods and wild dogs Curtin University. Supervisors Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming, Malcolm Kennedy.
Matthew Patterson (Hons) Skull morphology of dugites. Murdoch University. Supervisors: Natalie Warburton, Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming.
Monique Smith (Hons) The role of quenda in dispersing mycorrhizae that aid tuart seedling growth. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Natasha Tay, Amanda Kristancic & Giles Hardy.
Christabel Khoo (Hons) ‘Sexual selection in dugites‘ Curtin University. Supervisor: Bill Bateman
Holly Hastings (Hons) ‘Reptiles, roads and roadkill‘ Curtin University. Supervisor: Bill Bateman
Steve Pursell (Hons) ‘Fish escape responses: evidence from remote videos‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Ben Saunders
Tom Smith (Hons) ‘Tail autotomy and regeneration in lizards‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman
William Oversby (Hons) ‘Predatory behaviour by Australian ravens‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman
Recent degree completions
Connor Davin (Hons) ‘Camera traps and target animal behaviour‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Peter Adams COMPLETED 2017
Mike Dwyer (Hons) ‘Deer in Western Australia‘ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Peter Adams COMPLETED 2017
Ashleigh Wolfe (PhD) ‘Reptiles and urbanisation’. Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming. COMPLETED 2018
Stuart Dawson (PhD) ‘Critical habitat and foraging range of bilbies’. Murdoch University. Supervisors: Peter Adams, Bill Bateman, Kris Waddington (Buru Energy), Halina Kobryn, Trish Fleming. Project supported by Buru Energy COMPLETED 2018
Narelle Dybing (PhD) ‘Parasites of feral cats and black rats’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Peter Adams, Caroline Jacobson, Peter Irwin. COMPLETED 2017
Kimberley Page (Hons) ‘Do bolder woylies get fatter? Individual differences in behaviour post-translocation’ Murdoch University. Supervisors Trish Fleming, Bill Bateman, Peter Adams COMPLETED 2017
Amanda Kristancic (PhD) ‘Do Australian strains of Toxoplasma gondii affect the behaviour of hosts?’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Andrew Thompson, Alan Lymbery, Trish Fleming, Adrian Wayne (DPaW) COMPLETED 2016
Pedro Martinez Perez (PhD) ‘Health and disease status of the quokka’. Murdoch University. Project supported by the Department of Parks & Wildlife, Rottnest Island Authority Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Cree Monahan, Tim Hyndeman, Una Ryan.
James Macgregor (PhD) ‘Development of a framework for the assessment of the health of wild platypus populations’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Kris Warren, Carly Holyoake, Ian Robertson, Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2015
Taya Clarke (PhD) ‘Qualitative Behavioural Assessment in pigs’. Murdoch University. Project supported by Australian Pork Limited Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Teresa Collins, Anne Barnes, David Miller, John Pluske. COMPLETED 2015
Leticia Povh (MSc) ‘Habitat selection by translocated brush wallabies’ University of Western Australia. Supervisors Roberta Bencini, Trish Fleming, Peter Adams, Brian Chambers, Tracey Moore COMPLETED 2016
Sharon Roddick (Hons) ‘Livestock guardian dog protection of free-range poultry from the invasive predator, the red fox’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Tracey Kreplins COMPLETED 2016
Sean Smithies (Hons) ‘Cryptic concealment of Darling range endemic under varying forest conditions’ Murdoch University. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Bill Bateman, Giles Hardy, Shannon Dundas COMPLETED 2016
Meghan Castelli (Hons) ‘Does tail autotomy influence prey handling by lizards?’ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Christine Cooper COMPLETED 2016
Joanne King (Hons) ‘Predation of marine turtle nests’. Murdoch University. Supervisors: Peter Adams, Scott Whiting (DPaW), Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2016
Rebecca Chippendale (Hons) ‘Bite force in bobtails’ Curtin University. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming, Nat Warburton COMPLETED 2015
Nicki Miglori (Hons) ‘Sexual selection on macropod bones’ Supervisors: Nat Warburton, Trish Fleming, Bill Bateman COMPLETED 2015
Aleksa Marinovic (Hons) “Are bobtails seed dispersers or seed predators?” Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Tianhua He COMPLETED 2015
Aimee Kontoor (Hons) “The behavioural ecology of a carnivorous plant: Drosera gigantea” Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Grant Wardell-Johnson COMPLETED 2015
Ash Chauvin (Hons) ‘Diet of rock wallabies’. Supervisors: Peter Adams, Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2015
Kiarrah Smith (Hons) ‘Ecology of the ash grey mouse’. Supervisors: Tracey Moore (DPaW), Barbara Wilson (DPaW), Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2015
Meg Lane (Hons) ‘Sexual selection in kangaroos – muscles or sperm?’. Supervisors: Natalie Warburton, Anne Barnes, Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2014
Bec Mason (Hons) ‘The influence of age and sex on the energetic costs of limb autotomy in crickets’. Supervisors: Bill Bateman, Christine Cooper COMPLETED 2014
Sinead Allsop (Hons) ‘Decreasing bait uptake by non-target species’. Supervisors: Shannon Dundas, Peter Adams, Bill Bateman, Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2014
Lara Osborne (Hons) ‘The role of digging mammals in ecosystem health’. Supervisors: Shannon Dundas, Anna Hopkins, Giles Hardy, Treena Burgess, Trish Fleming COMPLETED 2014
Adele Thomaz (Hons) ‘Do parasites affect post-translocation survival of chuditch?’. Supervisors: Trish Fleming, Andy Thompson, Katherine Moseby COMPLETED 2014