Koala-related articles published by our group:


Hynes EF, Whisson DA, Di Stefano J. 2021. Response of an arboreal species to plantation harvest. Forest Ecology and Management 490(5):119092. [Link]


Ashman KR, Page NR, Whisson DA. 2020. Ranging Behavior of an Arboreal Marsupial in a Plantation Landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management. [Link]

Whisson DA, Zylinski S, Ferrari A, Yokochi K, Ashman KR. 2020. Patchy resources and multiple threats: How do koalas navigate an urban landscape? Landscape and Urban Planning. 201. [Link]

Whisson DA, Ashman KR. 2020. When an iconic native animal is overabundant: the koala in southern Australia. Conservation Science and Practice. 2:e188. [Link]

Madani GF, Ashman KR, Mella VSA, Whisson DA. 2020. A review of the ‘noose and flag’ method to capture free-ranging koalas. Australian Mammalogy. [Link]

Ashman KR, Whisson DA. 2020. Developing guidelines for the use of traps to capture koalas. Australian Mammalogy[Link]

Ashman KR, Rendall AR, Symonds MRE, Whisson DA. 2020. Understanding the role of plantations in the abundance of an arboreal folivore. Landscape and Urban Planning. 193, 103684 [Link]


Menkhorst P, Ramsey D, Hynes E, Whisson D. (2019) Survival and movements of koalas translocated from an over-abundant population. Wildlife Research. 46 (7), 557-565. [Link]

Blyton MDJ, Soo M, Whisson D, Marsh KJ, Pascoe J, Le Pla M, Foley W, Hugenholtz P and Moore BD. 2019. Faecal inoculations alter the gastrointestinal microbiome and allow dietary expansion in a wild specialist herbivore, the koala. Animal Microbiome. 1(6). [Link]

Watchorn D and Whisson DA. 2019. Quantifying the interactions between koalas in a high-density population during the breeding period. Australian Mammalogy. [Link]

Ashman K, Watchorn D, Whisson DA. 2019. Prioritising research efforts for effective threatened species conservation: A review of 145 years of koala research. Mammal Review. 49(2), 189-200. [Link]


Hagens SV, Rendall A, Whisson DA. 2018. Passive acoustic surveys for predicting species’ distributions: optimising detection probability. PLoS ONE. 13(7): e0199396 [Link]

Whisson DA, Orlowski A, Weston MA. 2018. Tree canopy defoliation impacts avifauna. Forest Ecology and Management. 428, 81-86. [Link]


Charlton B, Watchorn D, Whisson DA. 2017 Subharmonics increase the auditory impact of female koala rejection calls. Ethology 123(8)


Whisson DA, Dixon V, Taylor M, Melzer A. 2016. Failure to respond to food resource decline has catastrophic consequences for koalas in a high-density population in southern Australia. PLoS ONE 11(1). [Link]

Adams-Hosking C, McBride M, Baxter G, Burgman M, de Villiers D, Kavanagh R, Lawler I, Lunney D, Melzer A, Menkhorst R, Molsher R, Moore B, Phalen D, Rhodes J, Todd C, Whisson D, McAlpine C.  2016. Use of expert knowledge to elicit population trends for the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Diversity and Distributions 22(3).


McAlpine C, Lunney D, Melzer A, Menkhorst P, Phillips S, Phalen D, Ellis W, Foley W, Baxter G, de Villiers D, Kavanagh R, Adams-Hosking C, Tood C, Whisson D, Molsher R, Walter M, Lawler I, Close R. 2015. Conserving koalas: A review of the contrasting regional trends, outlooks and policy challenges. Biological Conservation 192.


Ryan M, Whisson D, Holland G, Arnould J. 2013. Activity patterns of free-ranging koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) revealed by accelerometry. PLoS ONE 8(11).

Charlton B, Whisson D, Reby D. 2013. Free-ranging male koalas use size-related variation in formant frequencies. PLoS ONE 8(7).


Whisson D, Holland G, Carlyon K. 2012. Translocation of overabundant species: Implications for translocated individuals. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(8).


Whisson DA, Carlyon K. 2010. Temporal variation in reproductive characteristics of an introduced and abundant population of koalas. Journal of Mammalogy 91(5).


Cristescu R, Cahill V, Sherwin W, Handasyde K, Carlyon K, Whisson D, Herbert C, Carlsson B, Wilton A, Cooper D. 2009. Inbreeding and testicular abnormalities in a bottlenecked population of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Wildlife Research 39(4).

Other recent publications (non-koala related)


Rendall AR, White JG, Cooke R, Whisson DA, Schneider T, Beilharz L, Poelsma E, Ryeland J, Weston MA. In press. Taking the bait: The influence of attractants and microhabitat on detections of fauna by remote-sensing cameras. Ecological Management and Restoration.

Whisson DA, Rendall AR and Gibson M. 2020. History of Australian plant and vertebrate pests: introductions and impacts. The Victorian Naturalist. 137(6): 62-169.

Weston MA, Yarwood MR, Whisson DA, Symonds MRE. 2020. Persistent spatial gaps in ornithological study in Australia, 1901–2011. Archives of Natural History 47(2): 264-271.

Carter N, Cooke R, White JG, Whisson DA, Isaac B, Bradsworth N. 2019. Joining the dots: How does an apex predator move through an urbanizing landscape? Global Ecology and Conservation.17:e00532.

Schneider TJ, Maguire GS, Whisson DA, Weston MA. 2019. Regulations fail to constrain dog space use in threatened species beach habitats. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2019.1628012. [Link]

Guay PJ, Van Dongen WFD, McLeod EM, Whisson DA, Vu HQ, Wang H, Weston MA. 2019. Does zonation and accessibility of wetlands influence human presence and mediate wildlife disturbance? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 62(8): 1306-1320. [Link]

Ekanayake KB, Whisson DA, Schlacher TA, Weston MA. 2018. Urban corvids on the move: habitat use and movement ecology of the little raven Corvus mellori at a peri-urban wetland. Corella 42: 29-37.

Meney B, Cunningham S, Weston MA, Whisson DA. 2018. Woodland birds and rural towns: artificial clutch survival in fragmented Box-Ironbark forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 130(1): 7-17.

Guay PJ, Van Dongen WFD, McLeod EM, Whisson DA, Vu HQ, Wang H, Weston MA. 2018. Does zonation and accessibility of wetlands influence human presence and mediate wildlife disturbance? Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 1-15.