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Associate Professor Dale Nimmo is an animal ecologist with broad interests in how 'big' disturbances – things like fire, drought, and land clearing – influence biodiversity.  He completed his PhD at Deakin University in 2011, which focused on how animal species respond to fire regimes in the semi-arid Murray Mallee region of south eastern Australia. After that, he undertook a research fellowship with Professor Andrew F Bennett (La Trobe University) on the concept of ecological resilience and its relevance to applied ecology, which a particular focus on woodland bird communities and their response to an extreme climatic event: southern Australia's 'Millennium Drought'. A/Prof Nimmo was awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship at Deakin University, during which he continued to work on fire ecology and ecological resilience, but also was persuaded to be interested in mammalian predators, namely dingoes, foxes and feral cats.

Research Interests

  • Managing landscapes to minimise the effects on biodiversity of large-scale disturbances, such as fire, climatic extremes, and habitat fragmentation

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science, PhD, Deakin University

… → 2011

Environmental Science, Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons), Deakin University

… → 2005

External positions

The Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel (Panel Member), Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

2020 → …

Member, Ecology Society of Australia

Panel Chair, ESA Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship

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Research Output

Are all fauna associated with the same structural features of the foundation species Triodia scariosa?

Verdon, S. J., Watson, S. J., Nimmo, D. G. & Clarke, M. F., 22 May 2020, In : Austral Ecology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    Constraints on vertebrate range size predict extinction risk

    Newsome, T. M., Wolf, C., Nimmo, D. G., Kopf, R. K., Ritchie, E. G., Smith, F. A. & Ripple, W. J., Jan 2020, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography. 29, 1, p. 76-86 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Fire mosaics and habitat choice in nomadic foragers

    Bliege Bird, R., McGuire, C., Bird, D. W., Price, M. H., Zeanah, D. & Nimmo, D. G., 09 Jun 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 23, p. 12904-12914 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Impact of 2019–2020 mega-fires on Australian fauna habitat

    Ward, M., Tulloch, A. I. T., Radford, J. Q., Williams, B. A., Reside, A. E., Macdonald, S. L., Mayfield, H. J., Maron, M., Possingham, H. P., Vine, S. J., O’Connor, J. L., Massingham, E. J., Greenville, A. C., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Garnett, S. T., Lintermans, M., Scheele, B. C., Carwardine, J., Nimmo, D. G., Lindenmayer, D. B. & 4 others, Kooyman, R. M., Simmonds, J. S., Sonter, L. J. & Watson, J. E. M., 20 Jul 2020, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    AIPS Tall Poppy

    Nimmo, Dale (Recipient), 2016


    Nancy Mills Science in Parks Award

    Nimmo, Dale (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Award

  • New South Wales Tall Poppy

    Nimmo, Dale (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Award

  • Activities

    • 2 Internal HDR Supervision

    Use of artificial bark covers to survey arboreal floodplain reptiles

    Damian Michael (Supervisor), Skye Wassens (Co-supervisor) & Dale Nimmo (Co-supervisor)

    01 Feb 202030 Oct 2020

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    Habitat use and occupancy patterns in the Grey Snake Hemiaspis damelii

    Damian Michael (Supervisor), Skye Wassens (Co-supervisor) & Dale Nimmo (Co-supervisor)

    01 Jun 201930 May 2021

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    Press / Media

    Expert Panel 7th communique

    Dale Nimmo


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    'Broad-bush' approach to fire hazard reduction not the way

    Dale Nimmo


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media