Faculty of Science and Technology

Westbrooke, Martin (Prof)

Position Emeritus Professor  
Office Y147 (Y Building, Level 1, East wing) 
Phone +61 4 1859 0543
Fax +61 3 5327 9289
Email m.westbrooke@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

PhD (La Trobe), Ecology and conservation significance of Casuarina pauper (Belah) woodland
MSc (La Trobe), Numbers and biomass of soil organisms in a dry sclerophyll community and an adjacent Radiata Pine plantation
LittB (UNE), Temporal and spatial variation in fungal biomass in Wimmera and Little Desert soils
BSc. Botany (London)
PGCE (Leicester).

Publications

Florentine, S. K. and Westbrooke, M. E (2003). Evaluation of allelopathic potential of the newly emerging weed Solanum mauritianum Scop. (Solanaceae) in wet tropics of north east Queensland. Plant Protection Quarterly, 18: 23-25.

Florentine, S. K. Craig, M. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2003). Flowering, fruiting, germination and seed dispersal of the newly emerging weed Solanum mauritianum Scop. (Solanaceae) in the wet tropics of north Queensland, Plant Protection Quarterly, 18: 116-120.

Florentine, S. K. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2003). Restoration on abandoned tropical pasture lands- Do we know enough? Journal for Nature Conservation, 12 85-94

Westbrooke, M., Leversha, J., Gibson, M., O'Keefe, M., Milne, R., Gowans, S., Harding, C. and Callister, K. (2003). The vegetation of Peery Lake area, Paroo-Darling National Park, western New South Wales. Cunninghamia, 8: 111-128.

Florentine S. K. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2004). Effects of windthrow on Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) stand and early understorey succession at Snowy River National Park, Victoria, Australia, Australian Forestry, 67:54-59.

Florentine, S.K. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2004). Evaluation of alternative approaches to rainforest restoration on abandoned pasturelands in tropical north Queensland, Land Degradation and Development,14: 1-13.

Rasiah, V., Florentine, S. K., Williams, B. L. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2004). Impact of deforestation and pasture abandonment on soil properties in the wet tropics of Australia. Geoderma, 120: 35-45.

Westbrooke, M.E ., Leversha, J. and Kerr, M.K.C. (2004). The vegetation. In: R. Breckwoldt, R. Boden and J. Andrew (eds) The Darling. Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra.

Adkins, M.F. Westbrooke, M.E. Florentine, S.K. and McDonald, S. P. (2005). Fire and hollow formation in Box Ironbark eucalypts of the Warby Range State Park. Victorian Naturalist, 121: 47-56

Callister, K.C., Westbrooke, M.E., Gowans S. and Gibson, M.G. (2005). Feasibility study for the use of small format large-scale aerial photography for vegetation condition assessment in north-west Victoria. Victorian Naturalist, 121: 230- 241.

Florentine S. K. and M. E. Westbrooke. (2005). Invasion of the noxious weed Nicotiana glauca R. Graham after an episodic flooding event in the arid zone of Australia. Journal of Arid Environments, 60: 531-545

Florentine, S.K. and Westbrooke, M.E. (2005). Exotic species invasion in southwest New South Wales: influence of a rare flooding event and grazing. Plant protection Quarterly,20: 42-45.

Gowans, S, Callister, K., Westbrooke, M. and Gibson, M. (2005). Vegetation condition assessment of the semi-arid woodlands of Murray-Sunset National Park, Victoria. Victorian Naturalist, 122: 85-93.

Westbrooke, M.E , Florentine, S.K. Milberg, P. (2005). Arid land vegetation dynamics after a rare flooding event: influence of fire and grazing. Journal of Arid Environments, 61: 249-260.

Westbrooke, M.E. (2005). Relationship between perennial species richness and distance from water in Casuarina pauper (Belah) woodland. Victorian Naturalist, 122: 57-62

Westbrooke, M.E. and Florentine, S.K. (2005). Rainfall-driven episodic flood events: Are they a major factor in moulding Australian arid land vegetation patterns? Australian Geographer, 36: 171-181.

Florentine, S.K., Westbrooke, M. E., Gosney, K, Ambrose, G. and O'Keefe, M. (2006). The arid land invasive weed Nicotiana glauca R. Graham (Solanaceae): Population and soil seed bank dynamics, seed germination patterns and seedling response to drought. Journal of Arid Environments, 66: 218-230.

Jayawardana, C, and Westbrooke, M.E. (2006). Macroinvertebrate communities in Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. Ex Steud. reed beds and open bank habitats in central Victorian streams in Australia. Hydrobiologia, 00:1-17

Jayawardana, J.M.C.K., Westbrooke, M., Wilson, M. and Hurst, C. (2006). Macroinvertebrate communities in willow (Salix spp.) and reed beds (Phragmites australis) in central Victorian streams in Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 57(4): 429-439.

Warnock, D., M. E. Westbrooke, S. K. Florentine and C. P. Hurst (2007). Does Geijera parviflora Lindl. ( Rutaceae ) facilitate understorey species in semi-arid Australia? The Rangeland Journal. 29: 207- 216.

Florentine , S. K., P. Milberg, M. Gibson, M. Westbrooke. (2008). Post wildfire seedling colonisation patterns in Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) windthrow site at Snowy River National Park, Victoria. Australian Forestry. 71: 48-53.

Carly N., Cook, C. N., Wardell-Johnson, G., Keatley, M., Gowans, S., Gibson, M., Westbrooke, M. E. and Marshall, D. (2010). Is what you see what you get? Visual vs. measured assessments of vegetation condition. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 650-661.

Gowans, S. A., Gibson, M. S., Westbrooke, M. E., and Pegler, P. (2010). Changes in vegetation condition following kangaroo population management in Wyperfeld National Park. In: Macropods: The Biology of Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos (eds G. Coulson and M. Eldridge) pp. 361-370. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.

Jayawardana, J. M. C. K., Westbrooke, M. and Wilson, M. (2010). Leaf litter decomposition and utilisation by macroinvertebrates in a central Victorian river in Australia. Victorian Naturalist 127(4):93-103.

Jayawardana, J.M.C.K and Westbrooke, M. (2010). Potential effects of riparian vegetation changes on functional organisation of macroinvertebrates in Central Victorian streams Victorian Naturalist 127(2) 36-46.

Westbrooke, M., Gowans, S. and Gibson, M. (2011). The vegetation of the Coonavitra area, Paroo-Darling National Park, western New South Wales. Cunninghamia, 12(1): 7-27.

Graz, F.P., Westbrooke, M.E. and Florentine, S.F. (in press). Modelling the effects of water-point closure and fencing removal on grazing activity: a GIS approach. Journal of Arid Environments

Westbrooke, M. (2012). The Pastoral History, Biological and Cultural Significance of the Scotia Country, far Western New South Wales . Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 134

Warnock, A. D., Florentine, S., Graz, P. and Westbrooke, M. (in press). Short term gain and long term pain - Lessons learnt from the control of Lachnagrostis filiformis (Fairy Grass) in Victoria, Australia. Weed Biology and Management

Adkins, M.F.  Westbrooke, M.E.  Florentine, S.K.  and McDonald, S. P. (2005). Fire and hollow formation in Box Ironbark eucalypts of the Warby Range State Park. Victorian Naturalist, 121: 47-56

Callister, K.C., Westbrooke, M.E., Gowans S. and Gibson, M.G. (2005). Feasibility study for the use of small format large-scale aerial photography for vegetation condition assessment in north-west Victoria. Victorian Naturalist, 121: 230- 241.

Florentine S. K. and M. E. Westbrooke. (2005). Invasion of the noxious weed Nicotiana glauca R. Graham after an episodic flooding event in the arid zone of Australia. Journal of Arid Environments, 60: 531-545

Florentine S. K. and Westbrooke, M. E.  (2004). Effects of windthrow on Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) stand and early understorey succession at Snowy River National Park, Victoria, Australia, Australian Forestry, 67:54-59.

Florentine, S. K.  and Westbrooke, M. E (2003). Evaluation of allelopathic potential of the newly emerging weed Solanum mauritianum Scop. (Solanaceae) in wet tropics of north east Queensland. Plant Protection Quarterly, 18: 23-25.

Florentine, S. K.  Craig, M. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2003). Flowering, fruiting, germination and seed dispersal of the newly emerging weed Solanum mauritianum Scop. (Solanaceae) in the wet tropics of north Queensland, Plant Protection Quarterly, 18: 116-120.

Florentine, S. K. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2003). Restoration on abandoned tropical pasture lands- Do we know enough? Journal for Nature Conservation, 12 85-94

Florentine, S. K., P. Milberg, M. Gibson, M. Westbrooke. (2008). Post wildfire seedling colonisation patterns in Eucalyptus delegatensis (Myrtaceae) windthrow site at Snowy River National Park, Victoria. Australian Forestry. 71: 48-53.

Florentine, S.K. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2004). Evaluation of alternative approaches to rainforest restoration on abandoned pasturelands in tropical north Queensland, Land Degradation and Development,14: 1-13.

Florentine, S.K. and Westbrooke, M.E. (2005). Exotic species invasion in southwest New South Wales: influence of a rare flooding event and grazing. Plant protection Quarterly, 20: 42-45.

Florentine, S.K., Westbrooke, M. E., Gosney, K, Ambrose, G. and O'Keefe, M. (2006). The arid land invasive weed Nicotiana glauca R. Graham (Solanaceae): Population and soil seed bank dynamics, seed germination patterns and seedling response to drought. Journal of Arid Environments, 66: 218-230.

Gowans, S, Callister, K., Westbrooke, M. and Gibson, M. (2005). Vegetation condition assessment of the semi-arid woodlands of Murray-Sunset National Park, Victoria. Victorian Naturalist, 122: 85-93.

Jayawardana, C, and Westbrooke, M.E. (2006). Macroinvertebrate communities in Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. Ex Steud. reed beds and open bank habitats in central Victorian streams in Australia.  Hydrobiologia, 00:1-17

Jayawardana, J.M.C.K., Westbrooke, M., Wilson, M. and Hurst, C. (2006). Macroinvertebrate communities in willow (Salix spp.)  and reed beds (Phragmites australis ) in central Victorian streams in Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research,

Rasiah, V., Florentine, S. K., Williams, B. L. and Westbrooke, M. E. (2004). Impact of deforestation and pasture abandonment on soil properties in the wet tropics of Australia. Geoderma, 120: 35-45.

Warnock, D., M. E. Westbrooke, S. K. Florentine and C. P. Hurst (2007). Does Geijera parviflora Lindl. (Rutaceae) facilitate understorey species in semi-arid Australia? The Rangeland Journal. 29: 207- 216.

Westbrooke, M., Leversha, J., Gibson, M., O'Keefe, M., Milne, R., Gowans, S., Harding, C. and Callister, K. (2003). The vegetation of Peery Lake area, Paroo-Darling National Park, western New South Wales. Cunninghamia, 8: 111-128.

Westbrooke, M.E, Florentine, S.K. Milberg, P. (2005). Arid land vegetation dynamics after a rare flooding event: influence of fire and grazing. Journal of Arid Environments, 61: 249-260.

Westbrooke, M.E. (2005). Relationship between perennial species richness and distance from water in Casuarina pauper (Belah) woodland. Victorian Naturalist, 122: 57-62

Westbrooke, M.E. and Florentine, S.K.  (2005). Rainfall-driven episodic flood events: Are they a major factor in moulding Australian arid land vegetation patterns? Australian Geographer, 36: 171-181.

Westbrooke, M.E. and Prevett, P.T. (2002). The mammals of Parker River Inlet, Otway National Park, Victorian Naturalist, 119: 60 -68.

Westbrooke, M.E., Leversha, J. and Kerr, M.K.C. (2004). The vegetation. In: R. Breckwoldt, R. Boden and J. Andrew (eds) The Darling. Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra.

Research Interests

Vegetation patterns of western New South Wales
Impact of grazing on arid vegetation communities
Fire in forest and heathland communities
Regeneration of arid woodland trees