Geoff Heard

PhD, Applied Spatial Ecologist

  • 500 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Dr Geoff Heard specialises in the ecology and conservation of wildlife in fragmented landscapes, including rural and urbanising landscapes. His research seeks insights into the population dynamics of threatened fauna (particularly herpetofauna) to inform conservation management initiatives such as habitat protection, restoration or creation.  His PhD and postdoctoral research have been instrumental in policy development for managing Southern Bell Frogs in urbanising landscapes, including the use of his population model for the species to spatially prioritise $60M in future wetland construction in Melbourne’s newest suburbs.

He is currently looking at the change in the lifespan of frogs as a result of Chytrid fungus invading Australia.

Research Interests

  • Spatial ecology of wildlife in fragmented landscapes
  • Conservation decision making
  • Wildlife monitoring
  • Evaluating conservation programs

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Research Output

Connectivity over a disease risk gradient enables recovery of rainforest frogs

Bell, S. C., Heard, G. W., Berger, L. & Skerratt, L. F., 28 Apr 2020, In : Ecological Applications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Status and priority conservation actions for Australian frog species

    Gillespie, G. R., Roberts, J. D., Hunter, D., Hoskin, C. J., Alford, R. A., Heard, G. W., Hines, H., Lemckert, F., Newell, D. & Scheele, B. C., Jul 2020, In : Biological Conservation. 247, 108543.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Disturbance has benefits as well as costs for fragmented populations of a cryptic grassland reptile

    Scroggie, M. P., Peterson, G. N. L., Rohr, D. H., Nicholson, E. & Heard, G. W., Aug 2019, In : Landscape Ecology. 34, 8, p. 1949-1965 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Living with the enemy: Facilitating amphibian coexistence with disease

    Scheele, B. C., Foster, C. N., Hunter, D. A., Lindenmayer, D. B., Schmidt, B. R. & Heard, G. W., Aug 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 236, p. 52-59 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Optimizing habitat management for amphibians: From simple models to complex decisions

    Scroggie, M. P., Preece, K., Nicholson, E., McCarthy, M. A., Parris, K. M. & Heard, G. W., Aug 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 236, p. 60-69 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

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    Finding refuges for endangered frogs

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