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Research & Publications

With more than 600 scientists at The Nature Conservancy, working around the world on finding solutions to conservation challenges, the volume of published research each year is vast. On this page we list only the published peer reviewed articles, books and major reports by scientists working as part of The Nature Conservancy Australia team (bolded names).

You can also visit The Nature Conservancy’s Science Article Database, where you can find information on thousands of peer-reviewed articles authored by TNC scientists.

2017

Calhoun, AJ.K., Mushet, D.M., Bell, K.P., Boix, D., Fitzsimons, J.A. & Isselin-Nondedeu, F. (2017) Temporary wetlands: challenges and solutions to conserving a ‘disappearing’ ecosystem. Biological Conservation. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.11.024

Chandler, M., See, L., Buesching, C.D., Cousins, J.A., Gillies, C., Kays, R.W., Newman, C., Pereira, H.M. and Tiago, P. (2017) Involving Citizen Scientists in Biodiversity Observation. In The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks (pp. 211-237). Springer International Publishing.

Ehmke, G. Fitzsimons J.A. & Garnett S.T. (2017) Standardising English names for Australian bird subspecies as a conservation tool. Bird Conservation International doi: 10.1017/S0959270916000538

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Michael, D.R. (2017) Rocky outcrops: A hard road in the conservation of critical habitats. Biological Conservation. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.11.019

Hunter. M.L., Acuña, V. Bauer, D.M., Bell, K.P., Calhoun, A.J.K., Felipe-Lucia, M.R., Fitzsimons, J.A., González, E., Kinnison, M., Lindenmayer, D., Lundquist, C.J., Medellin, R.A., Nelson, E.J., & Poschlod, P. (2017) Conserving small natural features with large ecological roles: a synthetic overview. Biological Conservation. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.12.020

Morán-Ordóñez, A., Whitehead, A.L., Luck, G.W., Cook, G.D., Maggini, R., Fitzsimons, J.A. & Wintle, B.A. (2017) Analysis of trade-offs between biodiversity, carbon farming and agricultural development in Northern Australia reveals the benefits of strategic planning. Conservation Letters 10, 94-104.

Wegscheidl, C.J., Sheaves, M., McLeod, I.M., Hedge, P.T., Gillies, C.L. & Creighton, C. (2017) Sustainable management of Australia’s coastal seascapes: a case for collecting and communicating quantitative evidence to inform decision-making. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 25, 3-22.

2016

Carr, B., Nias, D., Fitzsimons, J. & Gilmore, R. (2016) The Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund and the Environmental Water Trust – using markets and innovative financing to restore wetlands and floodplains in the Murray-Darling Basin for financial, social and environmental outcomes. Proceedings of the 8th Australian Stream Management Conference, 31 July – 3 August 2016, Leura, New South Wales, pp. 269-272.

Fitzsimons, J. & Thomas, J. (2016) Feeding behavior of an Asian Water Monitor Varanus salvator macromaculatus on a Bornean Bearded Pig Sus barbatus barbatus carcass. Biawak 10, 48-50

Fitzsimons, J. & Wescott, G. (eds) (2016) Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J. & Wescott, G. (2016) Introduction: the expansion of Australia’s marine protected area networks. In: Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas (eds J. Fitzsimons and G. Wescott), pp. 3-7. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J. & Wescott, G. (2016) Lessons from the expansion of Australia’s marine protected area networks: a synthesis. In: Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas (eds J. Fitzsimons and G. Wescott), pp. 393-401. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2016). Carrion consumption by the swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor). Australian Mammalogy, doi: 10.1071/AM16017.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Thomas, J.L. (2016) Bronchocela cristatella (Green Crested Lizard). Diet and foraging behavior. Herpetological Review 47: 462.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Thomas, J.L. (2016) Emoia cyanura (Brown-tailed Copper-striped Skink). Nocturnal foraging and foraging on buildings. Herpetological Review 47: 669.

Hardy, M.J., Fitzsimons, J.A., Bekessy, S.A. & Gordon A. (2016) Exploring the permanence of conservation covenants. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12243.

Hardy, M., Fitzsimons, J., Bekessy, S. & Gordon, A. (2016) An agreement forever? Australasian Science 97(9), 48.

Kusmanoff, A.M., Fidler, F., Hardy, M.J., Maffey, G., Raymond, C., Reed, M., Fitzsimons, J.A. & Bekessy, S. (2016) Framing the private land conservation conversation: Strategic framing of the benefits of conservation participation could increase landholder engagement. Environmental Science & Policy 61, 124–128.

Rogers, K., Boon, P.I., Branigan, S., Duke, N.C., Field, C.D., Fitzsimons, J.A., Kirkman, H., Mackenzie, J.R. & Saintilan, N., (2016) The state of legislation and policy protecting Australia’s mangrove and salt marsh and their ecosystem services. Marine Policy 72, 139-155.

Smith, F., Smillie, K., Fitzsimons, J., Lindsay, B., Wells, G., Marles, V., Hutchinson, J., O’Hara, B., Perrigo, T. & Atkinson, I. (2016) Reforms required to the Australian tax system to improve biodiversity conservation on private land. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol 33, 443-450.

2015

Álvarez-Romero, J.G., Adams, V.M., Pressey, R.L., Douglas, M., Dale, A.P., Augé, A.A., Ball, D., Childs, J., Digby, M., Dobbs, R., Gobius, N., Hinchley, D., Lancaster, I., Maughan, M., & Perdrisat, I. (2015) Integrated cross-realm planning: A decision-makers’ perspective. Biological Conservation 191, 799–808.

Creighton, C., Gillies, C.L. & McLeod, I.M. (eds) (2015) Australia’s saltmarshes: a synopsis to underpin the repair and conservation of Australia’s environmental, social and economically important bays and estuaries. Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) Publication, James Cook University, Townsville, 63pp.

Figgis, P., Mackey, B., Fitzsimons, J., Irving, J., Clarke, P. (eds) (2015) Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney.

Fitzsimons, J., Hale, L., Hancock, B. & Beck, M. (2015) Developing a marine conservation program in temperate Australia: determining priorities for action. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs 7:85-93.

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2015) Private protected areas in Australia: Current status and future directions. Nature Conservation 10, 1-23.

Gillies, C., Fitzsimons, J.A., Branigan, S., Hale, L., Hancock, B. et al. (2015) Scaling-up marine restoration efforts in Australia. Ecological Management & Restoration: 16, 84-85.

Gillies C.L., Creighton C. & McLeod I.M. (eds) (2015) Shellfish reef habitats: a synopsis to underpin the repair and conservation of Australia’s environmentally, socially and economically important bays and estuaries. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme, Marine Biodiversity Hub. Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) Publication, James Cook University, Townsville, 68 pp.

Jupp, T., Fitzsimons, J.A., Carr, B. & See, P. (2015) New partnerships for managing large desert landscapes: experiences from the Martu Living Deserts Project. The Rangeland Journal, 37, 571–582.

Jupp, T., See, P., & Martu rangers. (2015) Martu Living Deserts Project – partnering for conservation led by Indigenous people. Proceedings of the Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference. (Australian Rangeland Society: Australia).

Koss, R., Wescott, G., Fitzsimons, J., & Hale, L. (2015) ‘Bright spots’ for estuary management in temperate Southern Australia. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs 7:94-107.

Mackey, B., Figgis, P., Fitzsimons, J., Irving, J., Clarke, P. (2015) Introduction. In: Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services (eds Figgis, P., Mackey, B., Fitzsimons, J., Irving, J., Clarke, P.) pp. 4-5. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney.

Mackey, B., Figgis, P., Fitzsimons, J., Irving, J., Clarke, P. (2015) Key directions for valuing ecosystem services and protected areas in Australia. In: Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services (eds Figgis, P., Mackey, B., Fitzsimons, J., Irving, J., Clarke, P.) pp 130-137. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney.

Pecl, G., Gillies, C., Sbrocchi, C. & Roetman, P. (2015) Building Australia through citizen science. Occasional Paper Series, Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia, Issue 11, July 2015.

Walton, N. & Fitzsimons, J. (2015) Payment for ecosystem services in practice – savanna burning and carbon abatement at Fish River, northern Australia. In: Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services (eds Figgis, P., Mackey, B., Fitzsimons, J., Irving, J., Clarke, P.), pp. 78-83. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney.

2014

Bradby, K., Fitzsimons, J.A., Del Marco, A., Driscoll, D.A., Ritchie, E.G., Lau, J., Bradshaw, C.J.A. & Hobbs, R.J. (2014) Ecological connectivity or Barrier Fence? Critical choices on the agricultural margins of Western Australia. Ecological Management and Restoration 15:180-190.

Fitzsimons, J. (2014) Australia. In: The Futures of Privately Protected Areas (eds Sue Stolton, Kent H Redford, Nigel Dudley). pp. 54-58. IUCN, Gland.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Carr, C.B. (2014) Conservation covenants on private land: Issues with measuring and achieving biodiversity outcomes in Australia. Environmental Management, 54, 606-616.

Fitzsimons, J., Heiner, M., McKenney, B., Sochi, K. & Kiesecker, J. (2014) Development by Design in Western Australia: Overcoming offset obstacles. Land 3, 167-187.

Tasirin, J.S. & Fitzsimons, J.A. (2014) Javan (White-vented) Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) and Pale-bellied Myna (A. cinereus) in North Sulawesi. Kukila 18, 27-31.

Taylor, M.F.J., Fitzsimons, J. & Sattler, P. (2014) Building Nature’s Safety Net 2014: A decade of protected area achievements in Australia. WWF-Australia, Sydney.

Weston, M.A, Fitzsimons, J.A., Wescott, G., Miller, K.K., Ekanayake, K.B. & Schneider, T. (2014) Bark in the park: A review of domestic dogs in parks. Environmental Management 54, 373–382.

2013

Crosthwaite, J., Fitzsimons, J.A., Stanley, J. & Greacen, J. (2013) ‘Networking the networks’: coordinating Conservation Management Networks in Victoria. In: Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and Opportunities from Large-scale Conservation Networks. (eds Fitzsimons, J.A., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G.) pp. 209-220. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G. (eds) (2013) Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and Opportunities for Large-scale Conservation Networks. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G. (2013) Linking Australia’s landscapes: an introduction. In: Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and Opportunities from Large-scale Conservation Networks. (eds Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G.) pp. 3-6. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G. (2013) Challenges and opportunities for linking Australia’s landscapes: a synthesis. In: Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and Opportunities from Large-scale Conservation Networks. (eds Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G.) pp. 287-296. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G. (2013) Lessons from large-scale conservation networks in Australia. Parks 19.1, 115-125.

Fitzsimons, J. & Wescott, G. (2013) The importance of interdisciplinary research in conservation networks: lessons from south-eastern Australia. In: Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and Opportunities from Large-scale Conservation Networks. (eds Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G.). pp. 277-284. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Game, E. T., Fitzsimons, J.A., Lipsett-Moore, G. & McDonald-Madden, E. (2013) Subjective risk assessment for planning conservation projects. Environmental Research Letters 8:45027-45038.

Mackenzie, D. & Fitzsimons, J. (2013) From Danggali to Riverland: experiences from the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve, South Australia. In: Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and Opportunities from Large-scale Conservation Networks. (eds Fitzsimons, J., Pulsford, I. & Wescott, G.). pp. 65-74. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

2012

Elsner, W.K., Mitchell, A.T. & Fitzsimons, J.A. (2012) Distribution of the long-footed potoroo (Potorous longipes) and spot-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) in the Goolengook Forest, East Gippsland, Victoria. Australian Mammalogy 34, 100-107.

Figgis, P., Fitzsimons, J. & Irving, J. (eds) (2012) Innovation for 21st Century Conservation. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney.

Fitzsimons, J. (2012) Cows, cockies and atlases: use and abuse of biodiversity monitoring in environmental decision making. In: Biodiversity Monitoring in Australia (eds D.B. Lindenmayer & P. Gibbons). pp. 91–99. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2012) Green Rosellas (Platycercus caledonicus) nesting in artificial structures. Australian Field Ornithology 29, 50-53.

Fitzsimons, J. & Looker, M. (2012) Innovative approaches to land acquisition and conservation management: the case of Fish River Station, Northern Territory. In: Innovation for 21st Century Conservation (eds Figgis, P., Fitzsimons, J. & Irving, J.). pp. 78-85. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Meijaard, E., Hunow, I., Prawiradilaga, D., Thomas. J.L. & Tasirin, J.S. (2012) Diet of the Speckled Boobook (Ninox punctulata) in north Sulawesi, Indonesia. Forktail 28, 169-171.

Fitzsimons, J., Russell-Smith, J., James, G., Vigilante, T., Lipsett-Moore, G., Morrison, J. & Looker, M. (2012) Insights into the biodiversity and social benchmarking components of the Northern Australian fire management and carbon abatement programmes. Ecological Management & Restoration 13, 51-57.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Thomas, J.L. (2012) Ground-foraging techniques of Welcome Swallows (Hirundo neoxena), including an instance of kleptoparasitism. Australian Field Ornithology 29, 160–165.

Halliday, L. Castley, J.G., Fitzsimons, J.A., Tran, C. & Warnken, J. (2012) Fire management on private conservation lands: Knowledge, perceptions and actions of landholders in eastern Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21, 197-209.

Lindenmayer, D.B, Gibbons, P., Bourke, M., Burgman, M., Dickman, C., Ferrier, S., Fitzsimons, J., Freudenberger, D., Garnett, S.T., Groves, C., Hobbs, R.J., Kingsford, R.T., Krebs, C., Legge, S., Lowe, A.J., McLean, R., Montambault, J., Possingham, H., Radford, J., Robinson, D., Smallbone, L., Thomas, D., Varcoe, T., Vardon, M., Wardle, G., Woinarski, J. & Zerger, A. (2012) Improving biodiversity monitoring. Austral Ecology 37, 285–294.

2011

Aldous, A., Fitzsimons, J., Richter, B. & Bach, L. (2011) Droughts, floods and freshwater ecosystems: Evaluating climate change impacts and developing adaptation strategies. Marine and Freshwater Research 62, 223-231.

Argeloo, M. & Fitzsimons, J. (2011) Predation of a small passerine by the Purple-winged Roller (Coracias temminckii), an endemic species of Sulawesi. Kukila 15, 115-117.

Coffey, B., Fitzsimons, J.A. & Gormly, R. (2011) Strategic public land use assessment and planning in Victoria, Australia: Four decades of trailblazing but where to from here? Land Use Policy 28, 306-313.

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2011) Mislabeling marine protected areas and why it matters – a case study of Australia. Conservation Letters 4, 340-345.

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2011) Predation on a Blotched Bluetongue Lizard (Tiliqua nigroletea) by a Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Herpetology Notes 4, 259-260.

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2011) Southward range expansion of the Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris) on mainland Australia and nearshore islands. Australian Zoologist 35, 619-621.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Antos, M.J. (2011) Ecological notes on the East Gippsland Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus orientalis), including burrow structure and associated fauna. Australian Zoologist 35, 853-857.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Antos, M.J. & Palmer, G.C. (2011) When more is less: Urban remnants support high bird abundance but diversity varies. Pacific Conservation Biology 17, 97–109.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Peake, P., Frood, D., Mitchell, M., Withers, N., White, M. and Webster, R. (2011) Flooding requirements for biodiversity values along the Victorian floodplain of the Murray Valley. Victorian Naturalist 128, 48-85.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Thomas, J.L. (2011) Fiji’s collared kingfishers (Todiramphus chloris vitensis) do hunt for fish in inland waters. Notornis 58, 163-164.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Thomas, J.L. & Argeloo, M. (2011) Occurrence and distribution of established and new introduced bird species in north Sulawesi, Indonesia. Forktail 27, 23-28.

Game E.T., Lipsett-Moore, G., Saxon, E., Peterson, N. & Sheppard, S. (2011) Incorporating climate change adaptation into national conservation assessments. Global Change Biology 17:3150–3160.

Game, E.T., Lipsett-Moore, G., Hamilton, R., Peterson, N., Kereseka, J., Atu, W., Watts, M. & Possingham, H. P. (2011) Informed opportunism for conservation planning in the Solomon Islands. Conservation Letters 4:38-46.

Pasquini, L., Fitzsimons, J.A., Cowell, S., Brandon, K. & Wescott, G. (2011) The establishment of large private nature reserves by conservation NGOs: key factors for successful implementation. Oryx 45, 373–380.

Peake, P., Fitzsimons, J., Frood, D., Mitchell, M., Withers, N, White, M. & Webster, R. (2011) A new approach to determining environmental flow requirements: Sustaining the natural values of floodplains of the southern Murray-Darling Basin. Ecological Management & Restoration 12, 128-137.

Taylor, M.F.J., Sattler, P.S., Fitzsimons, J., Curnow, C., Beaver, D., Gibson, L., Llewellyn, G. (2011) Building Nature’s Safety Net 2011. The state of protected areas for Australia’s ecosystems and wildlife. WWF-Australia, Sydney.

Wescott, G. & Fitzsimons, J. (2011) Stakeholder involvement and interplay in coastal zone management and marine protected area planning. In: Marine Resources Management (eds Gullett, W., Schofield, C. & Vince, J.). pp. 225-238. LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney.

Woinarski, J.C.Z., Legge, S., Fitzsimons, J.A., Traill, B.J., Burbidge, A.A., Fisher, A., Firth, R.S.C., Gordon, I.J., Griffiths, A.D., Johnson, C., McKenzie, N.L., Palmer, C., Radford, I., Rankmore, B., Ritchie, E., Ward, S. & Ziembicki, M. (2011) The disappearing mammal fauna of northern Australia: context, cause and response. Conservation Letters 4, 192-201.

2010

Fitzsimons, J.A. (2010) Notes on the roost sites of the Sulawesi Masked Owl (Tyto rosenbergii). Forktail 26, 142-145.

Fitzsimons, J., Legge, S., Traill, B. &Woinarski, J. (2010) Into Oblivion? The disappearing native mammals of northern Australia. The Nature Conservancy, Melbourne.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Rose, A.B. (2010) Diet of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) in inner city Melbourne parks, Victoria. Australian Field Ornithology 27, 76-80.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Thomas, J.L. (2010). Ctenotus regius (Regal Striped Skink) Predation. Herpetological Review 41, 76-77.

2009

Antos, M.J., Fitzsimons, J.A. & Dutson, G. (2009) A high altitude observation of the Beautiful Firetail (Stagonopleura bella) from East Gippsland, Victoria. Corella 33, 18-21.

White, J.G., Fitzsimons, J.A., Palmer, G.C. & Antos, M.J. (2009) Surviving urbanization: Maintaining bird species diversity in urban Melbourne. Victorian Naturalist 126, 73-78.

2008

Fitzsimons, J.A., Marshall, D. & Rose A.B. (2008) Diet of the Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica) on the Patho Plains, northern Victoria. Australian Field Ornithology 25, 145-148.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Rose, A.B. (2008) Notes on the diet of the northern Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli) in north Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52, 148.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Wescott, G. (2008) Ecosystem conservation in multi-tenure reserve networks: The contribution of land outside of publicly protected areas. Pacific Conservation Biology 14, 250–262.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Wescott, G. (2008) Getting the measure of marine protected areas: Surface area or volume as measures for reserve system auditing? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18, 518-526.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Wescott, G. (2008) Evolving governance arrangements in multi-tenure reserve networks. Environmental Conservation 35, 5-7.

Fitzsimons, J.A. & Wescott, G. (2008) The role of multi-tenure reserve networks in improving reserve design and connectivity. Landscape and Urban Planning 85, 163-173.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Williams, C., Walsh, V., Fitzsimons, P. & U’Ren, G. (2008) Ecological attributes of strategic land acquisitions for addition to Victoria’s public protected area estate (2006-2007). Victorian Naturalist 125, 140-149.

Mansergh, I., Cheal, D. & Fitzsimons, J.A. (2008) Future landscapes in south-eastern Australia: the role of protected areas and biolinks in adaptation to climate change. Biodiversity 9 (3-4), 59-70.

Marshall, D. & Fitzsimons, J.A. (2008) Challenges for native grassland conservation on Victoria’s Northern Plains. Australasian Plant Conservation 16(4), 24-25.

Palmer, G.C., Fitzsimons, J.A., Antos, M.J. & White, J.G. (2008) Determinants of native avian richness in suburban remnant vegetation: Implications for conservation planning. Biological Conservation 141, 2329-2341.

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