Rodney van der Ree

Deputy Director

Dr Rodney van der Ree is ARCUE’s Deputy Director. He obtained his PhD in 2000 from Deakin University where he studied the impacts of habitat fragmentation on arboreal marsupials in north-eastern Victoria. He used the principles of landscape ecology to investigate the response of fauna to a landscape where the habitat was arranged as a network of linear strips along roads and streams.

Rodney now brings this knowledge and skill to ARCUE to investigate the response of mammals to urbanisation. Rodney will be investigating the distribution and abundance of mammals within the greater Melbourne area, with a focus on the rate of species decline, their habitat requirements and survival prospects.

Recent Publications

Tanja Maria Straka, Pia Eloise Lentini, Linda Faye Lumsden, Brendan Anthony Wintle & Rodney van der Ree (2016) Urban bat communities are affected by wetland size, quality, and pollution levels. Ecology and Evolution, p1-14. Open Access.

Caryl, F.M., Lumsden, L.F., van der Ree, R., Wintle, B.A. (2016) Functional responses of insectivorous bats to increasing housing density support ‘land-sparing’ rather than ‘land-sharing’ urban growth strategies. Journal of Applied Ecology 53 1 pp 191 – 201.

Soanes, K., Lobo, M.C., Van Der Ree, R. (2016) Radio-collared squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) struck by vehicle and transported 500km along freeway Australian Mammalogy 38 1 pp 127 – 129.

LaPoint, S., Balkenhol, N., Hale, J., Sadler, J. and van der Ree, R. (2015). Ecological connectivity research in urban areas. Funct Ecol, 29: 868–878. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12489.

Rytwinski, T., van der Ree, R., Cunnington, G.M., Fahrig, L., Findlay, C.S., Houlahan, J., Jaeger, J.A.G., Soanes, K., van der Grift, E.A. (2015) Experimental study designs to improve the evaluation of road mitigation measures for wildlife. Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 154, May 01, 2015, Pages 48-64

Soanes, K., Vesk, P. & van der Ree, R. (2015) Monitoring the use of road-crossing structures by arboreal marsupials: insights gained from motion-triggered cameras and passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags Wildlife research 2015 v.42 no.3 pp. 241-256

Soanes, K., Carmody Lobo, M. and van der Ree, R. (2015) Radio-collared squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) struck by vehicle and transported 500 km along freeway. Australian Mammalogy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AM15013

Vesk, P.A., Robinson, D., van der Ree, R., Wilson, C.M., Saywell S,, McCarthy M.A. (2015) Demographic Effects of Habitat Restoration for the Grey-Crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis, in Victoria, Australia. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130153.

Laurance, W. F., Clements, G.R., Sloan, S., O’Connell, C.S., Mueller, N.D., Goosem, M., Venter, O., Edwards, D.P., Phalan, B., Balmford, A., Van Der Ree, R., Arrea, I.B. (2014) A global strategy for road building. Nature Vol 513, 7517, pp 229-232.

Caryl, F. M., Hahs, A. K., Lumsden, L. F., van der Ree, R., Wilson, C. and Wintle, B. A. (2014). Continuous predictors of species distributions support categorically stronger inference than ordinal and nominal classes: an example with urban bats. Landscape Ecol 29:1237–1248.

K. Soanes, S. C. Banks, R. van der Ree (2014) Development of nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis), 6, 3: 785-786

Stokeld, D., Hamer, A., van der Ree, R., Pettigrove, V. and Gillespie, G. (2014). Factors influencing occurrence of a freshwater turtle in an urban landscape: a resilient species? Wildlife Research 41, 2: 163-171.

Hamer, A., van der Ree, R., Mahony, M. & Langton, T. (2014). Usage rates of an under-road tunnel by three Australian frog species: implications for road mitigation. Animal Conservation 17: 379–387.

Soanes, K., Carmody Lobo, M., Vesk, P.A., McCarthy, M.A., Moore, J.L., and van der Ree, R. (2013). Movement re-established but not restored: inferring the effectiveness of road-crossing mitigation by monitoring use. Biological Conservation. 159: 434–441.

Van der Grift, E. A., van der Ree, R., Fahrig L., Jaeger, J.A.C., Klar N. et al (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of road mitigation measures Biodiversity Conservation 22: 425-48

Caryl, F. M., Thomson, K., van der Ree, R. (2012). Permeability of the urban matrix to arboreal gliding mammals: Sugar gliders in Melbourne, Australia. Austral Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/aec.12006 (early online view prior to hard copy publication)

Taylor, A., Walker, F. M., Goldingay, R. L., Ball T., van der Ree, R. (2011). Degree of Landscape Fragmentation Influences Genetic Isolation among Populations of a Gliding Mammal. Vol 6 (10) 1-9

van der Ree, R., J. A. G. Jaeger, et al. (2011). “Effects of Roads and Traffic on Wildlife Populations and Landscape Function: Road Ecology is Moving toward Larger Scales.” Ecology & Society 16(1): 1-9

Rodney van der Ree (2011). The role of linear strips and small patches of woodland in conserving endangered mammal fauna. Pages 151-158 in ‘Temperate Woodland Conservation and Management’ (Eds D Lindenmayer, AF Bennett and R Hobbs).

Alexandra Pavlova, Faith M. Walker, Rodney van der Ree, Silvana Cesarini, Andrea C. Taylor (2010). Threatened populations of the Australian squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) show evidence of evolutionary distinctiveness on a Late Pleistocene timescale. Conserv Genet 11:2393–2407

McCall, S., McCarthy, M. van der Ree, R., Harper, M, Cesarini S, and Soanes K. (2010). Evidence that a highway reduces apparent survival rates of squirrel gliders. Ecology and Society 15(3): 27  http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss3/art27/

van der Ree, R., Cesarini, S., Sunnucks, P., Moore, J. L. & Taylor, A. (2010). Large Gaps in Canopy Reduce Road Crossing by a Gliding Mammal. Ecology and Society, 15, 35 [online].

Stewart, C. W. & van der Ree, R (2009). Modelling spatial substructure in wildlife populations using an approximation to the shortest path Voronoi Diagram. In 18th World IMACS / MODSIM Congress. Cairns, Australia.

van der Ree, R (2009). The ecology of roads in urban and urbanizing landscapes. In: The Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach, pages 185-196. Cambridge : Oxford University Press.

van der Ree, R., Heinze, D., McCarthy, M. A. & Mansergh, I. (2009). Wildlife tunnel enhances population viability. Ecology and Society, 14(2), [online].

Harper, M. J., McCarthy, M. A. & van der Ree, R. (2008). Resources at the landscape scale influence possum abundance. Austral Ecology, 33, 243-252.

Holland, G. J., Bennett, A. F. & van der Ree, R. (2007). Time-budget and feeding behaviour of the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) in remnant linear habitat. Wildlife Research, 34(288-295).

Williams, N. S., McDonnell, M. J., Phelan, G. K., Keim, L. & van der Ree, R. (2006). Range expansion due to urbanization: increased food resources attract grey-headed flying-foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) to Melbourne. Austral Ecology, 31, 190-198.

van der Ree, R., McDonnell, M. J., Temby, I. D., Nelson, J. & Whittingham, E. (2006). The establishment and dynamics of a recently established camp of flying-foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) outside their geographic range. Journal of Zoology, 268, 177-185.

van der Ree, R., Harper, M. J. & Crane, M. (2006). Longevity in wild populations of the squirrel glider Petaurus norfolcensis. Australian Mammalogy, 28, 239-242.

Stewart, C. W. & van der Ree, R. (2006). Quantifying and mitigating the barrier effects of roads on Australian wildlife. Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung, 38(10/11), 338-340.

van der Ree, R., Bennett, A. F. & Soderquist, T. R. (2006). Nest tree selection by the threatened brush-tailed phascogale Phascogale tapoatafa (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) in a highly fragmented agricultural landscape. Wildlife Research, 33, 113-119.

van der Ree, R. (2006). Road upgrade in Victoria a filter to the movement of the endangered Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis): results of a pilot study. Ecological Management and Restoration, 7(3), 226-228.

van der Ree, R. & McCarthy, M. A. (2005). Inferring the persistence of indigenous mammals in response to urbanisation. Animal Conservation, 8, 309-319.

Harper, M. J., McCarthy, M. A. & van der Ree, R. (2005). The abundance of hollow-bearing trees in an urban dry schlerophyll forest and the effect of wind on hollow development. Biological Conservation, 122, 181-192.

Harper, M. J., McCarthy, M. A. & van der Ree, R. (2005). The use of nest boxes in urban natural vegetation remnants by vertebrate fauna. Wildlife Research, 32, 509-516.

McCarthy, M. A., Parris, K. M., van der Ree, R., McDonnell, M. J., Burgman, M. A., Williams, N. S. et al. (2004). The habitat hectares approach to vegetation assessment: an evaluation and suggestions for improvement. Ecological Management and Restoration, 5, 24-27.

van der Ree, R. & Claridge, A. W (2004). Recovering endangered populations in fragmented landscapes: the squirrel glider Petaurus norfolcensis on the south-west slopes of New South Wales. In: Conservation of Australia’s Forest Fauna (Second Edition), pages 678-687. Recovering endangered populations in fragmented landscapes: the squirrel glider Petaurus norfolcensis on the south-west slopes of New South Wales.

Harper, M. J., McCarthy, M. A., van der Ree, R. & Fox, J. C. (2004). Overcoming bias in ground-based surveys of hollow-bearing trees using double sampling. Forest Ecology and Management, 190(291-300).

van der Ree, R (2004). The impact of urbanisation on the mammals of Melbourne – do atlas records tell the whole story or just some of the chapters? In: Urban Wildlife: More Than Meets The Eye, pages 195-204. Mosman, NSW : Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.

van der Ree, R. (2003). The occurrence of the yellow-footed antechinus Antichinus flavipes in remnant linear habitats in north-eastern Victoria. Australian Mammalogy, 25, 97-100.

van der Ree, R., Bennett, A. F. & Gilmore, D. C. (2003). Gap-crossing by gliding marsupials: thresholds for use of isolated woodland patches in an agricultural landscape. Biological Conservation, 115, 241-249.

van der Ree, R. (2002). The population ecology of the squirrel glider within a network of remnant linear habitats. Wildlife Research, 29, 329-340.

van der Ree, R. & Bennett, A. F. (2001). Woodland remnants along roadsides: a reflection of pre-European structure in temperate woodlands?. Ecological Management and Restoration, 2, 224-226.

van der Ree, R., Soderquist, T. R. & Bennett, A. F. (2001). Home-range use by the brush-tailed phascogale in high-quality, spatially limited habitat. Wildlife Research, 28, 517-525.