Darcy Watchorn

SupervisorTim Doherty
 Don Driscoll
 Barbara Wilson
 Mark Garkaklis

Thesis title

Conserving threatened mammals in the face of fire and predation

Research interests

  1. Threatened species
  2. Forest ecology
  3. Arboreal & terrestrial mammals
  4. Fire ecology

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

2019 – 2022 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipient

2020 Parks Victoria Applied Park Management Research Scholarship recipient

2020 Geelong Field Naturalist Club Grant recipient

2020 Conservation and Wildlife Research Trust Grant recipient

2019 Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship recipient

2019, 2020 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment recipient

2019 Centre for Integrative Ecology Leading Research Award recipient

2019 VEAC Bill Borthwick Student Scholarship recipient

2019 Bunnings Warehouse Community Sponsorship recipient

2015 The Field Naturalist Club of Victoria Environment Grant recipient


First author:

  1. Artificial habitat structures for animal conservation: design and implementation, risks and opportunities. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (in press)
  2. Observations of arboreal behaviour in the mainland dusky antechinus (Antechinus mimetes). Australian Mammalogy 42.2 (2019): 226-229 https://www.publish.csiro.au/AM/AM19022
  3. Quantifying the interactions between koalas in a high-density population during the breeding period. Australian Mammalogy 42.1 (2019): 28-37 https://www.publish.csiro.au/am/AM18027


  1. Is Australia’s environmental legislation protecting threatened species? A case study of the national listing of the greater glider. Pacific Conservation Biology (2021) https://doi.org/10.1071/PC20077
  2. Using wildlife rehabilitator surveys to identify threats: a case study of koalas in Victoria, Australia. Australian Zoologist (2021) https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2021.027
  3. Artificial refuges for wildlife conservation: what is the state of the science?” Biological Reviews (2021) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/brv.12776
  4. The vegetation structure and condition of contracting lowland habitat for Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri). Australian Mammalogy (2020) https://www.publish.csiro.au/AM/AM20047
  5. Surveys for Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri) at Wallaby Creek, Kinglake National Park. Victorian Naturalist 137.2 (2020): 36-40 https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=344001933995340;res=IELHSS
  6. Quantifying landscape change as a consequence of plantation forestry expansion in Victoria, Australia: implications for koalas and other forest-dependent fauna.” Australian Forestry 82:2 (2019): 116-122 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00049158.2019.1621728
  7. Prioritising research efforts for effective species conservation: a review of 145 years of koala research.” Mammal Review 49.2 (2019): 189-200 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mam.12151
  8. Subharmonics increase the auditory impact of female koala rejection calls.” Ethology 123.8 (2017): 571-579 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/eth.12628


  • Ecological Society of Australia, 2019 – current
  • Australian Wildlife Society, 2019 – current
  • Society of Conservation Biology, Melbourne Chapter, 2019 – current