Faculty of Science and Technology

Palmer, Grant (Dr)

Grant Palmer

Position Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Management, Environmental Management Discipline Co-ordinator
Office Y153 (Y Building, Level 1, East wing)
Phone +61 3 5327 9102
Fax +61 3 5327 9240
Email g.palmer@federation.edu.au


  • B App Sci. (Natural Resources Management), Deakin University
  • B Sci (Honours), Deakin University
  • PhD, Deakin University
  • Grad Cert Ed. (Tertiary Teaching), University of Ballarat

Teaching areas

  • Australian Fauna (SCENV2100)
  • Fire Ecology: Burning issues for science and mgmt. (SCENV3110)
  • Population & Community Ecology (SCENV2200)
  • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation (SCENV3202)
  • Research Design & Implementation (SCENV3900)
  • Communication in Science (SCCOR1001)

Research interests

  • Fire and the response of fauna in the landscape
  • Biodiversity in urban and agricultural landscapes
  • Fauna ecology
  • Landscape ecology


Grant is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Environmental Management. In this role he undertakes ecological research, consultancy and teaching in the environmental management program as well as HDR supervision. His research interests are birds and wildlife, fire ecology and landscape ecology; these are also the main areas that he teaches in the Environmental Management program. He is the Discipline Co-ordinator for the Environmental Management program He has produced over 70 specialist consultancy reports and provides expertise on a range of committees including Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Community Advisory group, DEPI South West Fire Ecology Committee and FedUni Animal Ethics Committee. Grant is the Editor (bush birds, parrots, general ecology) of the scientific journal Australian Field Ornithology.


Monie, K, Florentine, S. & Palmer, G. (2013). Recruitment and functionality traits as bioindicators of ecological restoration success in the Lurg Hills district, Victoria, Australia. Ecological Processes 2:27 (in press).

Cutten, D. Goodyear, G. Fitzsimons, J & Palmer, G.C. (2013). Rails following snakes: Predator-response behaviour, potential prey, prey-flushing or curiosity? Australian Field Ornithology 30, 97-102.

Dunstan, H., Florentine, S.K., Calvino-Cancela, M., Westbrooke, M.E. & Palmer, G.C. (2013). Dietary characteristics, seed dispersal and germeability of ingested seeds by Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in the semi-arid landscape in NSW, Australia. Emu 113, 168-178.

Campbell, S., Cook, S., Mortimer, L., Palmer, G., Sinclair, R. & Woolnough, A.P. (2012). To catch a starling: testing the effectiveness of different trap and lure types. Wildlife Research 39, 183-191.

Fitzsimons, J.A, Antos, M.A. & Palmer, G.C. (2011). When more is less: urban remnants support high bird abundance but diversity varies. Pacific Conservation Biology 17, 97-109.

Pigott, J.P., Palmer, G.C., Yen, A., Tolsma, A., Brown, G.W., Gibson, M.S. & Wright, J. (2010). Establishment of the Box-Ironbark Ecological Thinning Trial in North central Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 122, 112-123.

Loyn, R.H., Faragher, J.T., Coutts, D.C. & Palmer, G.C. (2009). Bird responses to targeted revegetation: 40 years of habitat enhancement at Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary, central-western Victoria. Australian Field Ornithology 26, 53-75.

White, J.G., Fitzsimons, J.A., Antos, M.A. & Palmer, G.C. (2009). Surviving urbanisation: maintaining bird species diversity in urban Melbourne. The Victorian Naturalist 126, 73-78.

Palmer, G.C., Fitzsimons, J.A., Antos, M.J. & White, J.G. (2008). Determinants of native avian richness in suburban remnant vegetation: implications for conservation planning.Biological Conservation 141, 2329-2341.

Antos, M.J., Fitzsimons, J.A., Palmer, G.C. & White, J.G. (2006). Introduced birds in urban remnant vegetation: Does remnant size really matter? Austral Ecology 31, 254-261.

Palmer, G.C. & Bennett, A.F. (2006). Riparian zones provide for distinct bird assemblages in forest mosaics of southeast Australia. Biological Conservation 130, 447-457.

Palmer, G.C. (2005). Habitat use and distribution of the Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella in foothill forests of the Victorian Highlands, Australia. Emu 105, 233-239.

Palmer, G.C. & Bennett, A.F. (2005). The importance of riparian zones to terrestrial birds in a forest region of southeast Australia. pp. 477-482 in (Eds. Rutherfurd, I.D., Wiszniewski, I. Askey-Doran, M.J. and Glazik, R.). Proceedings of the 4th Australian Stream Management Conference: linking rivers to landscapes, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Hobart.

White, J.G., Antos, M.J., Fitzsimons, J.A. & Palmer, G.C. (2005). Non-uniform bird assemblages in urban environments: the influence of streetscape vegetation. Landscape and Urban Planning 71, 123-135.

Fitzsimons, J.A., Palmer, G.C., Antos, M.J. & White, J.G. (2003). Refugees and residents: Densities and habitat preferences of lorikeets in urban Melbourne. Australian Field Ornithology 20, 2-7

Palmer, G.C. (2002). Foraging behaviour of a Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus. Australian Bird Watcher 19, 248-249.