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Researcher: Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)

Fields of Research

Conservation and biodiversity
Population ecology
Global change biology
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Wildlife and habitat management
Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Terrestrial ecology
Stochastic analysis and modelling
Nuclear engineering (incl. fuel enrichment and waste processing and storage)
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Landscape ecology
Ecosystem function
Pollution and contamination
Occupational and workplace health and safety
Environmental management
Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical)
Natural resource management
Speciation and extinction
Forestry management and environment
Biogeography and phylogeography
Forest ecosystems
Environmental education and extension
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Agricultural land management
Decision support and group support systems
Image processing
Environment policy
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Environmental politics
Biological control
Population trends and policies
Archaeological science
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Evolutionary impacts of climate change
Quaternary environments
Veterinary epidemiology
Ecological physiology
Invertebrate biology

Research Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Other environmental management
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Nuclear energy
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Sustainability indicators
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Climate change mitigation strategies
Climate change models
Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Energy systems and analysis
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Marine biodiversity
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments
Energy transformation
Fisheries - wild caught
Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment
Understanding Australia's past
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Conserving natural heritage
Native forests
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Animal adaptation to climate change
Library and archival services
Other information and communication services
Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts)
Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
Natural hazards
Renewable energy
Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
Terrestrial systems and management
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)
Understanding climate change

Career Best Publications

Adapted conservation measures are required to save the Iberian lynx in a changing climate; Nature Climate Change
Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Evaluating options for the future energy mix of Japan after the Fukushima nuclear crisis; Energy Policy
Genetics in conservation management: revised recommendations for the 50/500 rules, Red List criteria and population viability analyses; Biological Conservation
Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings

Research Publications

50/500 rule and minimum viable populations: response to Jamieson and Allendorf; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
50/500 rules need upward revision to 100/1000 – response to Franklin et al; Biological Conservation
A comprehensive database of quality-rated fossil ages for Sahul's Quaternary vertebrates; Scientific Data
A fast re-sampling method for using reliability ratings of sightings with extinction-date estimators; Ecology
A flexible tool to prioritize areas for conservation combining landscape units, measures of biodiversity, and threats; Ecosphere
A meta-analysis of the impact of anthropogenic forest disturbance on Southeast Asia's biotas; Biotropica
A nuclear- to-gas transition in South Korea: is it environmentally friendly or economically viable?; Energy Policy
A practical method for creating a digital topographic surface for ecological plots using ground-based measurements; Landscape Ecology
A validated ensemble method for multinomial land-cover classification; Ecological Informatics
Abrupt warming events drove Late Pleistocene Holarctic megafaunal turnover; Science
Adapted conservation measures are required to save the Iberian lynx in a changing climate; Nature Climate Change
An aggregative response of the tropical Australian magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) to seasonal floodplains; Journal of Tropical Ecology
An ecological regime shift resulting from disrupted predator-prey interactions in Holocene Australia; Ecology
An ecomodernist manifesto
An efficient protocol for the global sensitivity analysis of stochastic ecological models; Ecosphere
Analyzing linear spatial features in ecology; Ecology
Ancient DNA reveals late survival of mammoth and horse in interior Alaska; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
And then there were none?; Science
Artificial nest predation rates vary among habitats in the Australian monsoon tropics; Ecological Research
Astro-ecology? Shifting the interdisciplinary collaboration paradigm; Ecology and Evolution
At the crossroads: An uncertain future facing the electricity-generation sector in South Korea; Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies
Better forecasts of range dynamics using genetic data; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Better SAFE than sorry; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Beyond wind: furthering development of clean energy in South Australia; Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Biodiversity losses and conservation responses in the Anthropocene; Science
Biology Letters: Biology of Extinction; Biology Letters
Bioregionalization approaches for conservation: methods, biases, and their implications for Australian biodiversity; Biodiversity and Conservation
Burden of proof: a comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems; Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews
Can morphometrics predict sex in varanids?; Journal of Herpetology
Changes in autumn arrival of long-distance migratory birds in Southeast Asia; Climate Research
Chapter 11: Changing behaviour; Visions 2100: stories from your future
Clarity and precision of language are a necessary route in ecology; BioScience
Climate change enhances the potential impact of infectious disease and harvest on tropical waterfowl; Biotropica
Climate change not to blame for late Quaternary megafauna extinctions in Australia; Nature Communications
Climate change, variability and conservation impacts in Australia; Pacific Conservation Biology
Climate-induced elevational range shifts and increase in plant species richness in a Himalayan biodiversity epicentre; PLoS ONE
Closing the cycle: how South Australia and Asia can benefit from re-inventing used nuclear fuel management; Asia and The Pacific Policy Studies
Compromised ecosystem services from urban aerial microbiomes: a review of impacts on human immune function; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Conservation; Quarterly Review of Biology
Conservation management and sustainable harvest quotas are sensitive to choice of climate modelling approach for two marine gastropods; Diversity and Distributions
Conservation value of cacao agroforestry for amphibians and reptiles in South-East Asia: combining correlative models with follow-up field experiments; Journal of Applied Ecology
Correlates of extinction proneness in tropical angiosperms; Diversity and Distributions
Criteria for assessing the quality of Middle Pleistocene to Holocene vertebrate fossil ages; Quaternary Geochronology
Decline and likely extinction of a northern Australian native rodent, the Brush-tailed Rabbit-rat Conilurus penicillatus; Biological Conservation
Decline in whale shark size and abundance at Ningaloo Reef over the past decade: The world’s largest fish is getting smaller; Biological Conservation
Deficiencies in estimating the extinction date of the thylacine with mixed certainty data; Conservation Biology
Deforestation and avian extinction on tropical landbridge islands; Conservation Biology
Demographic response of snake-necked turtles correlates with indigenous harvest and feral pig predation in tropical northern Australia; Journal of Animal Ecology
Disentangling synergistic disease dynamics: Implications for the viral biocontrol of rabbits; Journal of Animal Ecology
Does the shoe fit? Real versus imagined ecological footprints; PLoS Biology
Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Drivers of increasing global crop production: A decomposition analysis; Environmental Research Letters
Dynamics of range margins for metapopulations under climate change; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Ecological and economic benefits to cattle rangelands of restoring an apex predator; Journal of Applied Ecology
Ecologically realistic estimates of maximum population growth using informed Bayesian priors; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Ecology needs a convention of nomenclature; BioScience
Economic and environmental costs of replacing nuclear fission with solar and wind energy in Sweden; Energy Policy
Economic feasibility of energy supply by small modular nuclear reactors on small islands: case studies of Jeju, Tasmania and Tenerife; Energies
Ecosystem-based tsunami mitigation for tropical biodiversity hotspots; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Effect of fire on small mammals: a systematic review; International Journal of Wildland Fire
Effects of land-use change on community composition of tropical amphibians and reptiles in Sulawesi, Indonesia; Conservation Biology
Effects of prey metapopulation structure on the viability of black-footed ferrets in plague-impacted landscapes: a metamodelling approach; Journal of Applied Ecology
Egress! How technophilia can reinforce biophilia to improve ecological restoration; Restoration Ecology
Emigration is costly, but immigration has benefits in human-altered landscapes; Functional Ecology
Endemic predators, invasive prey and native diversity; Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences
Endogenous and exogenous factors controlling temporal abundance patterns of tropical mosquitoes; Ecological Applications
Energy research within the UNFCCC: a proposal to guard against ongoing climate-deadlock; Climate Policy
Environmental and health impacts of a policy to phase out nuclear power in Sweden; Energy Policy
Evaluating options for sustainable energy mixes in South Korea using scenario analysis; Energy
Evaluating options for the future energy mix of Japan after the Fukushima nuclear crisis; Energy Policy
Evidence for a broad-scale decline in giant Australian cuttlefish (Sepia apama) abundance from non-targeted survey data; Marine and Freshwater Research
Experimental evidence for density-dependent responses to mortality of snake-necked turtles; Oecologia
Extinction debt from climate change for frogs in the wet tropics; Biology Letters
Extinction risk scales better to generations than to years; Animal Conservation
Extinctions in the sea: Myths and realities; Interciencia: Journal of Science and Technology of The Americas
Extinctions: consider all species; Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
Feral pig predation threatens the indigenous harvest and local persistence of snake-necked turtles in northern Australia; Biological Conservation
Finding needles (or ants) in haystacks: predicting locations of invasive organisms to inform eradication and containment; Ecological Applications
Fire frequency is relatively more important than fire size — a reply to Russell-Smith et al; Biological Conservation
Fire frequency matters more than fire size: testing the pyrodiversity-biodiversity paradigm for at-risk small mammals in an Australian tropical savanna; Biological Conservation
Fire impacts recruitment more than survival of small-mammals in a tropical savanna; Ecosphere
First, do no harm: a systematic review of deforestation spillovers from protected areas; Global Ecology and Conservation
Forecasting future global food demand: A systematic review and meta-analysis of model complexity; Environment International
Forecasts of habitat suitability improve habitat corridor efficacy in rapidly changing environments; Diversity and Distributions
Forest resilience and tipping points at different spatio-temporal scales: approaches and challenges; Journal of Ecology
Forests: Interplay of Human and Natural Disturbances on Pattern and Process in Forest Ecosystems; Forests
Genetics in conservation management: revised recommendations for the 50/500 rules, Red List criteria and population viability analyses; Biological Conservation
Geographic variation in the ecological effects of extinction of Australia's Pleistocene megafauna; Ecography
Global climate change: Convergence of disciplines by Arnold J. Bloom. Sunderland (Massachusetts): Sinauer Associates; Quarterly Review of Biology
Global evidence that deforestation amplifies flood risk and severity in the developing world; Global Change Biology
Global warming tugs at trophic interactions; Journal of Animal Ecology
Global zero-carbon energy pathways using viable mixes of nuclear and renewables; Applied Energy
Habitat suitability, live abundance and their link to road mortality of Tasmanian wildlife; Wildlife Research
Hot topics in biodiversity and climate change research; F1000Research
Hot, unpredictable weather interacts with land use to restrict the distribution of the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo; Emu
How carbon pricing changes the relative competitiveness of low-carbon baseload generating technologies; Energy
How complex should models be? Comparing correlative and mechanistic range dynamics models; Global Change Biology
How interactions between animal movement and landscape processes modify local range dynamics and extinction risk; Biology Letters
How much can nuclear energy do about global warming?; International Journal of Global Energy Issues
How to monitor elusive lizards: comparison of capture-recapture methods on giant day geckos (Gekkonidae, Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis) in the Masoala rainforest exhibit, Zurich Zoo; Ecological Research
How to rank journals; PLoS ONE
Human population reduction is not a quick fix for environmental problems; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Identifying island safe havens to prevent the extinction of the World's largest lizard from global warming; Ecology and Evolution
iEcology: harnessing large online resources to generate ecological insights; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Impact of intense disturbance on the structure and composition of wet-eucalypt forests: A case study from the Tasmanian 2016 wildfires; PLoS One
Importance of endogenous feedback controlling the long-term abundance of tropical mosquito species; Population Ecology
Importance of the local environment on nutrient cycling and litter decomposition in a tall eucalypt forest; Forests
Improving performance and transferability of small mammal species distribution models; Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Incorporating known cources of uncertainty to determine precautionary harvests of saltwater crocodiles; Ecological Applications
Indigenous harvest, exotic pig predation and local persistence of a long-lived vertebrate: managing a tropical freshwater turtle for sustainability and conservation; Journal of Applied Ecology
Innovations and limits in methods of forecasting global environmental change; Basic and Applied Ecology
Is there a Pleistocene archaeological site at Cuddie Springs?; Archaeology in Oceania
Key role for nuclear energy in global biodiversity conservation; Conservation Biology
Limited evidence for the demographic Allee effect from numerous species across taxa; Ecology
Look down to see what's up: a systematic overview of treefall dynamics in forests; Forests
Marine extinctions revisited; Fish and Fisheries
Measuring the meltdown: drivers of global amphibian extinction and decline; PLoS One
Minimum viable population size: A meta-analysis of 30 years of published estimates; Biological Conservation
Minimum viable population size: not magic, but necessary; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Minimum viable population sizes and global extinction risk are unrelated; Ecology Letters
Missing the wood for the trees? New ideas on defining forests and forest degradation; Rethinking Ecology
Model-based adaptive spatial sampling for occurrence map construction; Statistics and Computing
Modelling range dynamics under global change: which framework and why?; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Modelling to forestall extinction of Australian tropical birds; Journal of Ornithology
Multi-model climate projections for biodiversity risk assessments; Ecological Applications
Nature's untold stories: an overview on the availability and type of on‑line data on long‑term biodiversity monitoring; Biodiversity and Conservation
Nuclear energy and bio energy carbon capture and storage, keys for obtaining 1.5°C mean surface temperature limit; International Journal of Global Energy Issues
Nuclear power can reduce emissions and maintain a strong economy: rating Australia’s optimal future electricity-generation mix by technologies and policies; Applied Energy
Obliquity-driven expansion of North Atlantic sea ice during the last glacial; Geophysical Research Letters
PaleoView: a tool for generating continuous climate projections spanning the last 21 000 years at regional and global scales; Ecography
Parsimonious model selection using information theory: A modified selection rule; Ecology
Pattern, process, inference and prediction in extinction biology; Biology Letters
Population dynamics can be more important than physiological limits for determining range shifts under climate change; Global Change Biology
Potential for worldwide displacement of fossil-fuel electricity by nuclear energy in three decades based on extrapolation of regional deployment data; PLoS ONE
Powering the future: the clock is ticking on the drive for sustainable energy; The Curious Country: Science's Essential Role in Australian Society
Pragmatic population viability targets in a rapidly changing world; Biological Conservation
Predicting and mitigating future biodiversity loss using long-term ecological proxies; Nature Climate Change
Predicting the timing and magnitude of tropical mosquito population peaks for maximizing control efficiency; PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Predictors of contraction and expansion of area of occupancy for British birds; Royal Society of London. Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity; Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
Protected-area planning in the Brazilian Amazon should prioritize additionality and permanence, not leakage mitigation; Biological Conservation
Rainfall and temperature variation does not explain arid species diversity in outback Australia; Research and Reports in Biodiversity Studies
Rapid deforestation threatens mid-elevational endemic birds but climate change is most important at higher elevations; Diversity and Distributions
Ravens exploit wildlife roadkill and agricultural landscapes but do not affect songbird assemblages; Emu
Realistic levels of inbreeding depression strongly affect extinction risk in wild populations; Biological Conservation
Relative need for conservation assessments of vascular plant species among ecoregions; Journal of Biogeography
Reply to O’Neill et al. and O’Sullivan: fertility reduction will help, but only in the long term; National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings
Revisiting Chamberlin: multiple working hypotheses for the 21st century; Bioscience
Roadkill islands: Carnivore extinction shifts seasonal use of roadside carrion by generalist avian scavenger; Journal of Animal Ecology
Roughing it: terrain is crucial in identifying novel translocation sites for the vulnerable brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale pencillata); Royal Society open science
Satellite telemetry and seasonal movements of Magpie Geese (Anseranas semipalmata) in tropical northern Australia; Emu: Austral Ornithology
Scale dependency of metapopulation models used to predict climate change impacts on small mammals; Ecography
Sensitivity analysis of range dynamics models (SARDM): Quantifying the influence of parameter uncertainty on forecasts of extinction risk from global change; Environmental Modelling and Software
Short overlap of humans and megafauna in Pleistocene Australia; Alcheringa
Silver buckshot or bullet: is a future 'energy mix' necessary?; Sustainability
South Korean energy scenarios show how nuclear power can reduce future energy and environmental costs; Energy Policy
Spatial climate patterns explain negligible variation in strength of compensatory density feedbacks in birds and mammals; PLoS One
Spatial pattern analysis of line-segment data in ecology; Ecology
Spatially explicit spreadsheet modelling for optimising the efficiency of reducing invasive animal density; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Strength of evidence for density dependence in abundance time series of 1198 species; Ecology
Survival estimation in a long-lived monitor lizard: radio-tracking of Varanus mertensi; Population Ecology
Synergies among extinction drivers under global change; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Synergies between climate change, extinctions and invasive vertebrates; Wildlife Research
Targeting season and age for optimizing control of invasive rabbits; Journal of Wildlife Management
The Australian National Rabbit Database: 50 yr of population monitoring of an invasive species; Ecology
The case for a near-term commercial demonstration of the Integral Fast Reactor; Sustainable Materials and Technologies
The ecological footprint remains a misleading metric of global sustainability; PLoS Biology
The influence of non-climate predictors at local and landscape resolutions depends on the autecology of the species; Austral Ecology
The SAFE index: using a threshold population target to measure relative species threat; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
The state and conservation of Southeast Asian biodiversity; Biodiversity and Conservation
The theta-logistic is unreliable for modelling most census data; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
The tropical frontier in avian climate impact research; Ibis: the international journal of avian science
The use of Australian bioregions as spatial units of analysis to explore relationships between climate and songbird diversity; Pacific Conservation Biology
The woodhen: a flightless island bird defying extinction; Quarterly Review of Biology
Threat and response: A decade of decline in a regionally endangered rainforest palm affected by fire and introduced animals; Biological Conservation
Threat or invasive status in legumes is related to opposite extremes of the same ecological and life-history attributes; Journal of Ecology
Tick exposure and extreme climate events impact survival and threaten the persistence of a long-lived lizard; Journal of Animal Ecology
Timing and severity of immunizing diseases in rabbits is controlled by seasonal matching of host and pathogen dynamics; Journal of the Royal Society. Interface
Tools for integrating range change, extinction risk and climate change information into conservation management; Ecography
Tracking shifting range margins using geographical centroids of metapopulations weighted by population density; Ecological Modelling
Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management; Ecological Solutions and Evidence
Trophic rewilding of native extirpated predators on Bass Strait Islands could benefit woodland birds; Emu
Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Turning back the clock on the extinction of megafauna in Australia; Quaternary Science Reviews: International Multidisciplinary Review and Research Journal
Uncertainties in dating constrain model choice for inferring extinction time from fossil records; Quaternary Science Reviews
Unreported yet massive deforestation driving loss of endemic biodiversity in Indian Himalaya; Biodiversity and Conservation
Urban-associated diseases: candidate diseases, environmental risk factors, and a path forward; Environment International
Urbanisation reduces the abundance and diversity of airborne microbes - but what does that mean for our health? A systematic review; Science of The Total Environment
Using climate variables to predict small mammal occurrence in hot, dry environments; Landscape Ecology
Using dung fungi to interpret decline and extinction of megaherbivores: problems and solutions; Quaternary Science Reviews
Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change; Science
Using plant distributions to predict the current and future range of a rare lizard; Diversity and Distributions
Wetland conservation and sustainable use under global change: a tropical Australian case study using magpie geese; Ecography: Pattern and Diversity in Ecology
What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul?; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
What is the evidence for planetary tipping points?; Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma
Why nuclear energy is essential to reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission rates; EPJ N Nuclear Sciences and Technologies
Why nuclear energy is sustainable and has to be part of the energy mix; Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Why tropical island endemics are acutely susceptible to global change; Biodiversity and Conservation

Research Projects

ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Disaggregating and modelling the impacts of land-use change on biodiversity; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Drivers of bird communities on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Drivers of bird community structure on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Ecological-epidemiological Models of Feral Swamp Buffalo Control in Northern Australia; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Global patterns of mammalian biodiversity loss over the last 50,000 years; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Modelling and Control of Mosquite-borne Diseases in Darwin Using Long-term Monitoring; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision