My research aims to improve our understanding of the natural world, so we can better conserve species and ecosystems.
Applied ecological research
I am an Alfred Deakin Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology in Melbourne, Australia where I conduct applied research in disturbance, movement and predator-prey ecology. I achieve this through field experiments, empirical modelling, quantitative syntheses and partnerships with industry and government.
My research ranges from local to global scales and currently falls into three main areas:
1. Impacts of anthropogenic disturbance and landscape change on animal movement.
2. Managing the interactive effects of fire and invasive predators on native fauna.
3. Mechanisms and consequences of habitat degradation in agricultural landscapes.
From June 2020, I will be an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Sydney.
I am always interested to hear from potential collaborators and research students, so please get in contact.
2019/20: Mary Thorpe, Habitat associations and management of herbivores and predators in the Little Desert. Co-supervised by Euan Ritchie and Ben Holmes.
2019/20: Meg Farmer, Long-nosed potoroo ecology on French Island. Co-supervised by Euan Ritchie, Amy Coetsee and Anthony Rendall.
2019: Dylan Lees, Microhabitat use by small mammals with regard to fire and refuges. Co-supervised by Don Driscoll and Darcy Watchorn.
2018: Viv Miritis, Feral cat ecology on French Island. Co-supervised by Euan Ritchie, Amy Coetsee and Anthony Rendall.
2017/18: Charlie Fist, Movement ecology of bearded dragons in fragmented agricultural landscapes. Co-supervised by Don Driscoll.
2017/18: Bec Cherubin, Evaluating the ecological impacts of feral horses in the Alps. Co-supervised by Euan Ritchie, Don Driscoll and Susanna Venn.
2016: Evie Jones, Factors influencing feral cat density and distribution in a mallee ecosystem. Co-supervised by Euan Ritchie, Tom Newsome and Dale Nimmo.
2016: Gavin Trewella, Herbivore distribution and habitat use in the Big Desert. Co-supervised by Euan Ritchie, Tom Newsome and Dale Nimmo.
More info coming soon.
Below I provide a summary of key papers according to research themes.
Please visit my Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles for a full publication list.
Please email me for reprints.
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING
 Main M, Davis RA, Blake D, Mills H, Doherty TS* (accepted) Human impact overrides bioclimatic drivers of red fox home range size globally. Diversity and Distributions.
 Radley P, Davis RA, Doherty TS (2020) Impacts of invasive rats and tourism on a threatened island bird: the Palau Micronesian Scrubfowl. Bird Conservation International.
 Miritis V, Rendall AR, Doherty TS, Coetsee AL, Ritchie EG (accepted) Living with the enemy: a threatened prey species coexisting with feral cats on a fox-free island. Wildlife Research.
 Doherty TS, Balouch S, Bell K, Burns TJ, Feldman A, Fist C, Garvey TF, Jessop TS, Meiri S, Driscoll DA (2020) Reptile responses to anthropogenic habitat modification: a global meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
 Soanes K, Cranney K, Dade M, Edwards AM, Palavalli-Nettimi R, Doherty TS* (2020) How to work with children and animals: A guide for school-based citizen science wildlife research. Austral Ecology.
 Geary WL, Doherty TS, Nimmo DG, Tulloch AIT, Ritchie EG (2020) Predator responses to fire: a global systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology.