Watson, S.J. (2016) Restoring biodiversity to manage wildfire, Animal Conservation, 19, 498-499

Callister, K.E., Griffioen, P.A., Avitabile, S.C., Haslem, A., Kelly, L.T., Kenny, S.A., Nimmo, D.G., Farnsworth, L.M., Taylor, R.S., Watson, S.J., Bennett, A.F. & Clarke, M.F. (2016) Historical Maps from Modern Images: Using Remote Sensing to Model and Map Century-Long Vegetation Change in a Fire-Prone Region. PLoS ONE, 11, e0150808.

Pryde, E.C., Nimmo, D.G., Holland, G.J. & Watson, S.J. (2016) Species’ traits affect the occurrence of birds in a native timber plantation landscape. Animal Conservation, 19, 526-538



Gibb, H., Sanders, N.J., Dunn, R.R., Watson, S., Photakis, M., Abril, S., Andersen, A.N., Angulo, E., Armbrecht, I., Arnan, X., Baccaro, F.B., Bishop, T.R., Boulay, R., Castracani, C., Del Toro, I., Delsinne, T., Diaz, M., Donoso, D.A., Enríquez, M.L., Fayle, T.M., Feener, D.H., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Gómez, C., Grasso, D.A., Groc, S., Heterick, B., Hoffmann, B.D., Lach, L., Lattke, J., Leponce, M., Lessard, J.-P., Longino, J., Lucky, A., Majer, J., Menke, S.B., Mezger, D., Mori, A., Munyai, T.C., Paknia, O., Pearce-Duvet, J., Pfeiffer, M., Philpott, S.M., de Souza, J.L.P., Tista, M., Vasconcelos, H.L., Vonshak, M. & Parr, C.L. (2015) Climate mediates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282 abstract

Nimmo, D.G., Watson, S.J., Forsyth, D.M. & Bradshaw, C.J.A. (2015) FORUM: Dingoes can help conserve wildlife and our methods can tell. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52, 281-285. abstract

Steinbauer, M.J., Wallis, I.R., Davies, N.W. & Watson, S.J. (2015) Foliar quality of co-occurring mallee eucalypts: balance of primary and secondary metabolites reflects past growing conditions. Chemoecology, 25, 179-191. abstract

Rehnberg, L.K., Robert, K.A., Watson, S.J. & Peters, R.A. (2015) The effects of social interaction and environmental enrichment on the space use, behaviour and stress of owned housecats facing a novel environment. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 169, 51-61. abstract

Pryde, E.C., Holland, G.J., Watson, S.J., Turton, S.M. & Nimmo, D.G. (2015) Conservation of tropical forest tree species in a native timber plantation landscape. Forest Ecology and Management, 339, 96-104. abstract


Nimmo, D.G., Kelly, L.T., Farnsworth, L.M., Watson, S.J. & Bennett, A.F. (2014) Why do some species have geographically varying responses to fire history? Ecography, 37: 805-813 abstract

Watson, S.J., Watson, D.M., Luck, G.W. & Spooner, P.G. (2014) Effects of landscape composition and connectivity on the distribution of an endangered parrot in agricultural landscapes. Landscape Ecology, 7:1249-1259 abstract

Watson, S.J., Luck, G.W., Spooner, P.G, Watson, D.M., (2014) Land-use change: incorporating the frequency, sequence, time-span and magnitude of changes into ecological research, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment , 12:241-249 abstract   Access the recommendation on F1000Prime

Luck, G.W., Spooner, P.G, Watson, D.M, Watson, S.J., Saunders, M.E., (2014) Interactions between almond plantations and native ecosystems: lessons learned from north-western Victoria, Ecological Management and Restoration15:4-15 abstract

Coulson, C, Spooner, P.G., Lunt, I.D., Watson, S.J., (2014) From the matrix to roadsides and beyond: the role of isolated paddock trees as dispersal points for invasion, Diversity and Distributions20:137-148 abstract


Avitabile S. C., Callister K. E., Kelly L. T., Haslem A., Fraser L., Nimmo D. G., Watson S. J., Kenny S. A., Taylor R. S., Spence-Bailey L. M., Bennett A. F. and Clarke M. F. (2013) Systematic fire mapping is critical for fire ecology, planning and management: A case study in the semi-arid Murray Mallee, south-eastern Australia. Landscape and Urban Planning 117:81-91. abstract

Taylor, R.S., Watson, S.J., Bennett, A.F., Clarke, M.F., (2013) Which fire management strategies benefit biodiversity? A landscape-perspective case study using birds in mallee ecosystems of south-eastern Australia, Biological Conservation, 159:248-256 abstract

Nimmo D. G., Kelly L. T., Spence-Bailey L. M., Watson S. J., Taylor R. S., Clarke M. F. and Bennett A. F. (2013) Fire Mosaics and Reptile Conservation in a Fire-Prone Region. Conservation Biology 27:345-353. abstract


Watson, S.J., Taylor, R.S., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Nimmo, D.G., Kenny, S.A., Kelly, L.T., Haslem, A., Griffioen, P., Callister, K.E., Brown, L., Avitabile, S. C., Bennett, A. F., Clarke, M. F., (2012) The mallee fire and biodiversity project, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 124:38-46 pdf

Haslem, A., Avitabile, S.C., Taylor, R.T., Kelly, L.T., Watson, S.J., Nimmo, D.G., Kenny, S.A., Callister, K.E., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Bennett, A.F. Clarke M.F., (2012) Time-since-fire and inter-fire interval influence hollow availability for fauna in a fire-prone system, Biological Conservation, 152:212-221 abstract

Watson, S.J., Taylor, R.S., Nimmo, D.G., Kelly, L.T., Clarke, M.F., Bennett, A.F., (2012) The influence of unburnt patches and distance to refuges on post-fire bird communities, Animal Conservation, 15:499-507  abstract

Nimmo, D.G., Kelly, L.T., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Watson, S.J., Haslem, A., White, J., Clarke, M.F., Bennett, A.F. (2012) Predicting the century-long, post-fire responses of reptiles, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21:1062-1073 abstract

Kelly, L.T., Nimmo, D.G., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Taylor, R.S., Watson, S.J., Clarke, M.F., Bennett, A.F., (2012) Managing fire mosaics for small mammal conservation: a landscape perspective, Journal of Applied Ecology, 49:412-421 abstract

Watson, S. J., Taylor, R. S., Nimmo, D. G., Kelly, L. T., Haslem, A., Clarke, M. F., Bennett, A. F., (2012) Effects of time-since-fire on birds: how informative are generalized fire-response curves for conservation management? Ecological Applications, 22:685-696  abstract

Taylor, R. S., Watson, S. J., Nimmo, D. G., Kelly, L. T., Bennett, A. F., Clarke, M. F., 2012. Landscape-scale effects of fire on bird assemblages: Does pyrodiversity beget biodiversity? Diversity and Distributions18:519-529  abstract


Haslem, A., Kelly, L.T., Nimmo, D. G., Watson, S. J., Kenny, S. A, Taylor, R. S. Avitabile, S. C., Callister, K. E., Spence-Bailey, L. M., Bennett, A. F., Clarke, M. F. (2011) Habitat or fuel? Implications of long-term, post-fire dynamics for the development of key resources for fauna and fire, Journal of Applied Ecology, 48:247-256  abstract

Kelly, L.T., Nimmo, D.N., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Haslem, A., Watson, S.J., Clarke, M.F, Bennett, A.F. (2011) Influence of fire history on small mammal distributions: insights from a 100-year post-fire chronosequence, Diversity and Distributions, 17:462-473  abstract

Nimmo, D. G., James, S. G., Kelly, L. T., Watson, S. J., Bennett, A. F. (2011)  The ‘decoupling’ of abundance and species richness in lizard communities, Journal of Animal Ecology, 80:650-656  abstract


Clarke, M. F., Avitabile, S. C.,  Brown, L., Callister, K. E., Haslem, Holland, G. J., Kelly, L. T., Kenny, S.A., Nimmo, D. G., Spence-Bailey, L. M., Taylor, R. S., Watson, S. J., Bennett, A. F. (2010) Ageing mallee eucalypt vegetation after fire: insights for successional trajectories in semi-arid mallee ecosystems, Australian Journal of Botany58:363-372.  abstract

Haslem, A., Callister, K. E., Avitabile, S. C., Griffioen, P. A., Kelly, L. T., Nimmo, D. G., Spence-Bailey, L. M., Taylor, R. S., Watson, S. J., Brown, L., Bennett, A. F., Clarke, M. F. (2010) A framework for mapping vegetation over broad spatial extents: A technique to aid land management across jurisdictional boundaries, Landscape and Urban Planning, 97:296-305  abstract

Other Articles and Publications

Bennett, A.F., Clarke, M.F., Avitabile, S.C., Brown, L., Callister, K.E., Haslem, A., Kelly, L.T., Kenny, S.A., Nimmo, D.G., Spence-Bailey, L.M., Taylor, R.S., Watson, S.J., Holland, G.J., (2011) Fire and wildlife in the Mallee: insights for conservation and management. pdf

PhD Thesis

Watson S.J. 2011, Fire and the conservation of the avifauna of mallee ecosystems link