Professor Corey Bradshaw

  • 14532 Citations
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19952020

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Research Biography

I joined Flinders University in January 2017 as the Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology. I am the Director of the Global Ecology Laboratory and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and I lead its Modelling Node here at Flinders.

From 2008-2015 I was at the University of Adelaide (Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change 2015-2016), and from 2004-2008 I was Senior then Principal Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University. I was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tasmania from 1999-2004.

My research is mainly in the area of global-change ecology €” how human endeavour and climate fluctuations have altered past, present and future ecosystems. My most important contributions have been in the area of applied ecology, biodiversity conservation, theoretical ecology, extinction dynamics, human demography, species responses to climate change, disease ecology, and applying ecological theory and modelling techniques to hindcast prehistoric ecosystems. My work has provided environmental policy advice around the world, and my papers are highly cited.

My most recent book, entitled The Effective Scientist €” A Handy Guide to a Successful Academic Career (Cambridge University Press), is now available (CUP, Amazon, Google). I have also recently co-edited a book with Dr Katherine Yates of the University of Salford entitled Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning. My 2015 book with Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University is entitled Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America and the Environment (Chicago University Press), and I am currently writing another book with Professor Ehrlich nominally entitled Jigsaw Utopia.

Research Interests

During my early research years I focussed primarily on the population dynamics and behavioural ecology of land-breeding marine fauna. Later, I moved to a more modelling-based focus examining the temporal and spatial patterns of ecological processes, including density-feedback mechanisms. As part of this work, I have established a strong profile in the determinants of extinction risk of modern flora and fauna, the degradation of ecosystem services from anthropogenic habitat change, and the spatial dynamics of marine biodiversity. I have developed applications in disease ecology, predator-prey dynamics, and climate change predictions.

Much of my work has focussed on providing evidence for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development pathways. I have devised new ways of projecting human population size, with implications for long-term climate change and biodiversity maintenance; I have developed models to predict the best times to apply mosquito control for the reduction of disease risk, promote fisheries sustainability, assess the determinants of effective protected areas, and define the optimal mix of low biodiversity-impact electricity generation. I examined carbon cycles and budgets, examined broad-scale ecological patterns in response to climate gradients, and experimentally manipulated climate for fine-scale experiments in community composition and resilience.

My modelling framework has influenced how palaeo-ecologists and palaeontologists treat uncertainty in the chronology of palaeo-ecological events. I have led the development of state-of-the-art quality assessment criteria for fossil dating to ensure that only high-quality dates are used in palaeo-ecological analyses, and established a novel protocol for using palaeo-ecological data to predict the locations of as-yet-undiscovered fossil sites. I have also shown the dominant, continental-scale effect of humans (cf. climate change) on the demise of the Australian megafauna, and the influence of climate change and humans on the extinction/transition dynamics of Holarctic and South American megafauna.

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Research Output

Informing CITES Parties: strengthening science-based decision-making when listing marine species

Friedman, K., Braccini, M., Bjerregaard-Walsh, M., Bonfil, R., Bradshaw, C. J. A., Brouwer, S., Campbell, I., Coelho, R., Cortés, E., Dimmlich, W., Frisk, M. G., Kingma, I., McCully Phillips, S. R., O'Criodain, C., Parker, D., Shephard, S., Tovar-Ávila, J. & Yokawa, K., 1 Jan 2020, In : FISH AND FISHERIES. 21, 1, p. 13-31 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Manipulating water for amphibian conservation

    Mathwin, R., Wassens, S., Young, J., Ye, Q. & Bradshaw, C. J. A., 19 Mar 2020, In : Conservation Biology. p. 1-11 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Mapping the future: Spatial models of decadal-scale landscape change in northern Australia

    Brook, B. W., Bowman, D. M. J. S. & Bradshaw, C. J. A., 2020, MODSIM 2005 - International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Advances and Applications for Management and Decision Making, Proceedings. Zerger, A. & Argent, R. (eds.). Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, p. 1361-1367 7 p.

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  • Tipping elements and amplified polar warming during the Last Interglacial

    Thomas, Z. A., Jones, R. T., Turney, C. S. M., Golledge, N., Fogwill, C., Bradshaw, C. J. A., Menviel, L., McKay, N. P., Bird, M., Palmer, J., Kershaw, P., Wilmshurst, J. & Muscheler, R., 1 Apr 2020, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 233, 17 p., 106222.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Variation in stem xylem traits is related to differentiation of upper limits of tree species along an elevational gradient

    Yang, D., Wang, A. Y., Zhang, J. L., Bradshaw, C. J. A. & Hao, G. Y., 1 Mar 2020, In : Forests. 11, 3, 14 p., 349.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prizes

    Appointed co-Head of Faculty (Ecology)

    Bradshaw, Corey (Recipient), 5 Feb 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Verco Medal

    Bradshaw, Corey (Recipient), 1 Sep 2017

    Prize