John’s Publications

Here you can find my publications (some with links to full text).  The list may not be up to date, but I will endevour to keep it close to correct. If you want a copy of a paper and you can not access the fulltext please feel free to flick me an email on

Carter, N., Cooke, R., White, J.G., Whisson, D.A., Isaac, B., and Bradsworth, N. (2019) Joining the dots: How does an apex predator move through an urbanizing landscape? Global Ecology and Conservation, 17: e00532

Rendall, A.R., Cooke, R., White, J.G., and Weston, M.A. (2019) Zonation of a small mammal community within coastal dunes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 217: 206-210.

Cooke, R.M., Hogan, F.E., Isaac, B., Weaving, M., and White, J.G. (2018) Urbanization and Raptors: Trends and Research Approaches. In Urban Raptors Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities. Editor(s): Boal C, Dykstra C. 64-75. Island Press, Washington DC 02 May 2018.

Cooke, R., Hogan, F.E., Isaac, B., Weaving, M., and White, J.G. (2018) Powerful Owls: Possum Assassins Move into Town. In Urban Raptors Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities. Editor(s): Boal C, Dykstra C. 152-165. Island Press, Washington DC 02 May 2018.

Bradsworth, N., White, J.G., Isaac, B., and Cooke, R. (2017) Species distribution models derived from citizen science data predict the fine scale movements of owls in an urbanizing landscape. Biological Conservation 213: 27-35.

Cooke, R., Grant, H., Ebsworth, I., Rendall, A.R., Isaac, B., and White, J.G. (2017) Can owls be used to monitor the impacts of urbanisation? A cautionary tale of variable detection. Wildlife Research 44: 573-581.

Hale, S., Nimmo, D.G., Cooke, R., Holland, G., James, S., Stevens, M., DeBondi, N., Woods, R., Castle, M., Campbell, K., Senior, K., Cassidy, S., Duffy, R., Holmes, B., and White, J.G. (2016) Fire and climatic extremes shape mammal distributions in a fire-prone landscape. Diversity and Distributions 22: 1127-1138.

White, J., Nimmo, D., and Hale, S. (2016) EcoCheck: the Grampians are struggling with drought and deluge. The Conversation.

Weaving, M.J., White, J.G., Isaac, B., Rendall, A.R., and Cooke, R. (2016) Adaptation to urban environments promotes high reproductive success in the twany frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), an endemic nocturnal bird species. Landscape and Urban Planning 150: 87-95.

Christie, B.A., Miller, K.K., Cooke, R., and White, J.G. (2015) Environmental sustainability in higher education:What do academics think? Environmental Education Research 21: 655-686.

Isaac, B, Cooke, R, Ierodiaconou, D, and White, J. (2014) Does urbanization have the potential to create and ecological trap for powerful owls (Ninox strenua)? Biological Conservation 176: 1-11

Isaac B, White J, Ierodiaconou D, Cooke R (2014) Simplification of Arboreal Marsupial Assemblages in Response to Increasing Urbanization. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91049.

Isaac, B, White, J, Ierodiaconou, D, Cooke, R. (2014) Urban to forest gradients: Suitability for hollow bearing trees and implications for obligate hollow nesters. Austral Ecology 39: 963-972.

Rendall AR, Sutherland DR, Cooke R, White J (2014) Camera Trapping: A Contemporary Approach to Monitoring Invasive Rodents in High Conservation Priority Ecosystems. PLoS ONE 9(3): e86592.

Weaving, M. J., White, J. G., Hower, K., Isaac, B., Cooke, R. (2014) Sex-biased space-use response to urbanization in an endemic urban adapter. Landscape and Urban Planning 130: 73-80.

Hurley, V.G., White, J.G., Cooke, R. (2013) Techniques for optimising long-term, large-scale capture-mark-resighting raptor studies: Climb hard, band fast. Wildlife Research, 40, pp. 269-280.

Christie, B.A., Miller, K.K., Cooke, R., White, J.G. (2013) Environmental sustainability in higher education: How do academics teach? Environmental Education Research, 19, pp. 385-414.

Isaac, B, White, J, Ierodiaconou, D, and Cooke, R. (2013) Response of a cryptic apex predator to a complete urban to forest gradient. Wildlife Research 40, pp. 427–436.

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

Stevens, M., White, J. and Cooke, R. (2012) Short-term impact of a mega-fire on small mammal communities during prolonged drought. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 124: 61-71.

Bilney, R. J., White, J. G. and Cooke, R. (2011). Reversed sexual dimorphism and altered prey base: the effect on sooty owl (Tyto tenebricosa tenebricosa) diet. Australian Journal of Zoology 59: 302–311.

Bilney, R.J., Cooke, R. and White, J.G. (2011). Potential competition between two top-order predators following a dramatic contraction in the diversity of their prey base. Animal Biology 61: 29-47.

Bilney, R.J., White, J.G., L’Hotellier, F. and Cooke, R. (2011). Spatial ecology of Sooty Owls in south-eastern Australian coastal forests: Implications for forest management and reserve design. EMU 111: 92-99.

Weaving, M.J., White, J.G., Isaac, B. and Cooke, R. (2011). The distribution of three nocturnal bird species across a suburban-forest gradient. EMU 111: 52-58.

Arnould, J.P.Y., Cherel, Y., Gibbens, J., White, J.G. and Littnan, C.L. (2011). Stable isotopes reveal inter-annual and inter-individual variation in the diet of female Australian fur seals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 422: 291-302.

De Bondi, N., White, J.G., Stevens, M. and Cooke, R. (2010). A comparison of the effectiveness of camera trapping and live trapping for sampling terrestrial small-mammal communities. Wildlife Research 27: 456-465.

Bilney, R.J., Cooke, R. and White, J.G. (2010). Underestimated and severe: Small mammal decline from the forests of south-eastern Australia since European settlement, as revealed by a top-order predator. Biological Conservation 143: 52-59.

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

Trollope, S.T., White, J.G. and Cooke, R. (2009). The response of ground and bark foraging insectivorous birds across an urban-forest gradient. Landscape and Urban Planning 93: 142-150.

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

Clarke, D.J. and White, J.G. (2008) Recolonisation of powerline corridor vegetation by small mammals: Timing and the influence of vegetation management. Landscape and Urban Planning 87: 108-116.

Clarke, D.J. and White, J.G. (2008). Towards ecological management of Australian powerline corridor vegetation. Landscape and Urban Planning 86: 257-266.

Antos, M.J., Bennett, A.F. and White, J.G. (2008). Where do ground-foraging birds forage? Foraging sites and microhabitat selection in temperate woodlands of southern Australia. EMU 108: 201-211.

Pascoe, J.H., Cooke, R. and White, J.G. (2008). Detection of owls, owlet nightjars and arboreal mammals in edge environments of Cape Otway, south-western Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 120: 206-215.

Clarke, D.J. and White, J.G. (2008). Management of powerline easement vegetation for small mammal conservation in Australia: A case study of the Broad-toothed rat (Mastacomys fuscus). In: J.W. Goodrich-Mahoney, L. Abrahamson, J. Ballard (eds) Environmental concerns in rights-of-way management 8th international symposium pp 467-479. Elsevier, Oxford.

Hurley, V.G., Hogan, F., White, J.G. and Cooke, R. (2007). A morphological model for sexing nestling peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus macropus) verified through genetic analysis. Wildlife Research, 34: 45-58.

Clarke, D.J., Pearce, K.A. and White, J.G. (2006). Powerline corridors: degraded ecosystems or wildlife havens? Wildlife Research, 33: 615-626.

Cooke, R., Miller, K. and White, J. (2006). Understanding student expectations in developing environmental science courses. International Journal of Learning, 13: 9-20.

Cooke, R., Wallis, R., Hogan, F., White, J. and Webster, A. (2006). The diet of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) and prey availability in a continuum of habitats from disturbed urban fringe to protected forest environments in south-eastern Australia. Wildlife Research, 33: 199-206

White, J.G., Gubiani, R., Smallman, N. and Morton, A. (2006) Home range, habitat selection and diet of foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in a semi-urban riparian environment, Wildlife Research, 33: 175-180.

Antos, M.J., Fitzsimons, J.A., Palmer, G.C and White, J.G. (2006) Introduced birds in urban remnant vegetation: Does remnant size matter?, Austral Ecology, 31: 254-261.

Bilney, R.J., Cooke, R. and White, J. (2006) Change in the diet of sooty owls (Tyto tenebricosa) since European settlement: from terrestrial to arboreal prey and increased overlap with powerful owls, Wildlife Research, 33: 17-24.

White, J.G., Antos, M.J., Fitzsimons, J.A. and Palmer, G.C. (2005) Non-uniform bird assemblages in urban environments: the influence of streetscape vegetation. Landscape and Urban Planning, 71: 123-135.

Antos, M.J. & White, J.G. (2004) Birds of remnant vegetation on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia: the role of interiors, edges and roadsides. Pacific Conservation Biology, 9: 294-301.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Palmer, G.C., Antos, M.J. and White, J.G. (2003) Refugees and residents: Densities and habitat preferences of Lorikeets in urban Melbourne. Australian Field Ornithology, 20: 2-7.

White, J., Wilson, J. and Horskins, K. (2003) Habitat manipulation and rodent damage control: reducing rodent damage in Australian macadamia orchards. In: G.R. Singleton, L.A Hinds, C.J Krebs and D.M. Spratt. Rats, Mice and People: Rodent Biology and Management. pp.213-216. ACIAR Press, Canberra.

Cooke, R., Wallis, R. and White, J. (2002) Use of vegetative structure by powerful owls in outer urban Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – Implications for management. Journal of Raptor Research, 36: 294-299.

Morton, A., Tagg, D., Wallis, R and White, J. (2002) The red fox Vulpes vulpes L. in the Dandenong creek valley: Impacts on wildlife and an integrated program for their control. Victorian Naturalist, 119: 269-275.

Horskins, K., White, J. and Wilson, J. (1998) Habitat usage of Rattus rattus in Australian macadamia orchard systems: implications for management. Crop Protection, 17: 359-364.

White, J., Horskins, K. and Wilson, J. (1998) The control of rodent damage in Australian macadamia orchards by manipulation of adjacent non-crop habitats. Crop Protection, 17: 353-357.

White, J., Wilson, J. and Horskins, K. (1997) The role of adjacent habitats in rodent damage levels in Australian macadamia orchard systems. Crop Protection, 16: 727-732.

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