Professor Barry Fox
I retired from teaching at UNSW in mid 2001 and now live in Newcastle , but, I remain actively interested in research as a Visiting Professor. I am continuing to write up the results of research projects with colleagues and particularly with previous research students who now have teaching and research positions at other universities. The main focus of this research has been on trying to improve our understanding of habitat use and experimental manipulations of habitat to illuminate the mechanisms involved.
My research has been conducted from two main locations: the School of Biological Science's Smiths Lake Field Station and the Hunter Water Corporation's catchment at Tomago Sandbeds, and encompasses the following topics.
- studies of rehabilitation on areas following sand mining for heavy minerals, and also the effects of fluoride fallout from aluminium smelters;
- studies of habitat fragmentation and edge effects in forest and heath habitats, particularly those subject to disturbance events above.
- the effects of wildfire and intentional burning on plant and animal communities, particularly with respect to the frequency component of the fire regime.
- a wide range of topics: competition, habitat selection, species packing and succession.
- development of assembly rules for species occupying 'favoured states', following the initial studies of Jared Diamond. Refining models for desert rodent communities published with Jim Brown and Doug Kelt.
Review of small mammal trophic structure in drylands: resource availability, use, and disturbance’, Journal of Mammalogy 92: 1179–1192, 2011.
Responses of two species of heathland rodent to habitat manipulation: vegetation density thresholds and the habitat accommodation model, Austral Ecology 35, 334-347.(Published Online: Oct 19 2009 6:28AM), 2010. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122653789/abstract
Separating the influences of environment and species interactions on patterns of distribution and abundance: competition between large herbivores, Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 724-31.(Published Online: 23 Jan 2009), 2009. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121659440/abstract
A review of habitat selection by the swamp rat, Rattus lutreolus (Rodentia: Muridae)’, Austral Ecology 32, 837–849, 2007
Eastern Chestnut Mouse Pseudomys gracilicaudatus.’ Pp 634-5 In "The mammals of Australia" ed by S Van Dyck, R Strahan. New Holland Publishers, Sydney, 2007
Common Dunnart Sminthopsis murina’, In "The mammals of Australia" ed by S Van Dyck, R Strahan. New Holland Publishers, Sydney, Australia, pp 153-4, 2007
Differential use of habitat aids local coexistence of three species of wrens (Maluridae) and the White-browed Scrubwren. Sericornis frontalis: Pardalotidae in Myall Lakes National Park’, Australian Zoologist 33: 223-232, 2005
Differential habitat use by a local population of sub-adult the Common Dunnart Sminthopsis murina following wildfire in coastal wet heath, New South Wales, Australia’, Wildlife Research 32: 617-624, 2005
Using faecal pellet counts along transects to estimate quokka (Setonix brachyurus) population density’, Wildlife Research 32: 503-507, 2005
Distribution of lizard species across edges delimiting open-forest and sand-mining areas’, Austral Ecology 29: 188-200, 2005
Home range and movements of the quokka Setonix brachyurus (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) on the viability of the metapopulation on the Australian mainland’, J. Zool. Lond 263: 219-228, 2004
In Memoriam: Marilyn Dale Fox 28 August – 20 October 2002. Austral Ecology 29: 483-488, 2001
Monitoring and assessment of restoration of a rainforest remnant at Wingham Brush, NSW’, Austral Ecology 29: 489-507, 2004
Interaction of multiple disturbances: importance of disturbance interval in the effects of fire on rehabilitating mined areas’, Austral Ecology 29: 508-529, 2004
Experimental manipulation of habitat structure: A retrogression of the small mammal succession’, J. Anim. Ecol. 72: 927-940, 2003
Review of Flammable Australia : The Fire Regimes and Biodiversity of a Continent (eds R.A. Bradstock, J.E. Williams & M.A. Gill)’. The Quarterly Review of Biology 78: 247, 2003
Local population structure of a naturally occurring metapopulation of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus Macropodidae: Marsupialia)’, Biological Conservation 110: 343-355, 2003
Assembly rules and competition in desert rodents’, American Naturalist 160: 815-818, 2002
Changes to plant species richness in forest fragments: fragment age, disturbance and fire history may be as important as area’, Journal of Biogeography, 29, 749-765, 2002
Assessing the disturbance impact on vegetation and lizard communities of fluoride pollution interacting with fire and mining in eastern Australia’, Austral Ecology 26: 321-37, 2001
Disturbance effects from fire and mining produce different lizard communities in eastern Australian forests’, Austral Ecology 26: 193-204, 2001
The diet of the Pilliga mouse Pseudomys pilligaensis (Rodentia: Muridae) from the Pilliga Scrub, Northern New South Wales’, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 123, 89-99, 2001
Assembly rules: desert rodent communities are structured at scales from local to continental’, American Naturalist 156: 314-321, 2000
Does habitat structure mediate the effects of forest fragmentation and human-induced disturbance on Antechinus stuartii abundance’, Aust. J. Zool. 48: 577-595, 2000
Behavioural mechanisms of competition in small dasyurid marsupials’, Aust. J. Zool. 48: 561-576, 2000
Habitat-dependent competition and the coexistence of Australian heathland rodents’, Oikos 91: 294-306, 2000
Small mammal succession is determined by vegetation density rather than time elapsed since disturbance’, Austral Ecology 25: 580-87, 2000
Factors determining mammal species richness on habitat islands and isolates: habitat diversity, disturbance, species interactions and guild assembly rules’, Global Ecology and Biogeography 9: 19-37, 2000
The genesis and development of guild assembly rules for guilds’ In: "The search for assembly rules in ecological communities" ed. by Evan Weiher and Paul Keddy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., pp 23-57, 1999
Habitat selection by female swamp rats (Rattus lutreolus) drives asymmetric competition and coexistence with long-tailed mice (Pseudomys higginsi)’, J. Mammalogy 80: 232-242, 1999