Associate Professor Ross Goldingay

Ross is a wildlife ecologist and has diverse research interests. One focus over the last 20 years has been on the conservation of threatened species. He has completed 20-year studies on the nationally threatened broad-headed snake and green and golden bell frog. He has also been studying the State-listed species, the yellow-bellied glider, squirrel glider and eastern pygmy-possums over many years. More recently the nationally-listed long-nosed potoroo has come under scrutiny. These studies have aimed to understand the ecological needs of these species whilst also establishing robust methods for population monitoring.

Ross has investigated whether key habitat elements can be provided by artificial structures. This has led to installing telegraph/power poles (without power-lines) to enable gliding mammals to cross large canopy gaps over roads. He has also conducted many studies on using nest boxes to provide shelter and breeding sites for tree-cavity dependent wildlife.

He currently supervises post-grad students working on squirrel gliders, small macropods (potoroos & pademelons), pale-headed snakes, koalas, phascogales and microbats.

Ross teaches the 1st year unit Biology and the 2nd year unit Wildlife Conservation. He also supervises 3 students per year in the 3rd year research project unit Integrated Project, where he provides projects to students on topics such as management uses of nest boxes, monitoring of wildlife road crossing structures and surveys for threatened species such as the koala.

Ross is currently the editor of Australian Mammalogy, the journal of the Australian Mammal Society.

List of Recent Publications

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F Handayani, RL Goldingay, D McHugh, N Leslie (2019); Extensive range contraction predicted under climate warming for a gliding mammal in north-eastern Australia; Australian Mammalogy 41 (1), 99-111

RL Goldingay, BD Taylor, JL Parkyn (2019); Movement of small mammals through a road-underpass is facilitated by a wildlife railing; Australian Mammalogy 41 (1), 142-146

N Rueegger, R Goldingay, B Law (2018); Physical and microclimate characteristics of Nyctophilus gouldi and Vespadelus vulturnus maternity-roost cavities; Wildlife Research 45 (7), 611-619

G Brown, C McAlpine, J Rhodes, D Lunney, R Goldingay, K Fielding, ... (2018); Assessing the validity of crowdsourced wildlife observations for conservation using public participatory mapping methods; Biological Conservation 227, 141-151

RL Goldingay, J Keohan (2018); Population density of the eastern pygmy-possum in a heath–woodland habitat; Australian Journal of Zoology 65 (6), 391-397

MB Shelton, RL Goldingay, SS Phillips (2018); Population ecology of a cryptic arboreal snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus);Australian Journal of Zoology 65 (6), 383-390

RL Goldingay, KJ Thomas, D Shanty (2018); Outcomes of decades long installation of nest boxes for arboreal mammals in southern Australia; Ecological Management & Restoration 19 (3), 204-211

RL Goldingay, BD Taylor, JL Parkyn, JM Lindsay (2018); Are wildlife escape ramps needed along Australian highways? Ecological Management & Restoration 19 (3), 198-203

RL Goldingay, N Rueegger (2018); Elevation induced variation in the breeding traits of a nectar-feeding non-flying mammal; Ecological research 33 (5), 979-988

RL Goldingay (2018); Population monitoring of an urban gliding mammal in eastern Australia; Australian Mammalogy 40 (2), 214-219

N Rueegger, B Law, R Goldingay (2018); Interspecific differences and commonalities in maternity roosting by tree cavity-roosting bats over a maternity season in a timber production landscape; PloS one 13 (3), e0194429

RL Goldingay (2018); Persistence of Australia's most threatened snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides) in Australia's oldest National Park; Journal of Zoology 304 (3), 202-209

N Rueegger, RL Goldingay, B Law, L Gonsalves (2018); Limited use of bat boxes in a rural landscape: implications for offsetting the clearing of hollow‐bearing trees; Restoration Ecology

DJ Sharpe, RL Goldingay (2017); Demographic parameters of the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) in an urban forest remnant; Australian Journal of Zoology 65 (3), 141-147

RL Goldingay, J Parkyn, DA Newell (2017); No evidence of protracted population decline across 17 years in an unmanaged population of the green and golden bell frog in north-eastern New South Wales; Australian journal of zoology 65 (2), 87-96

RL Goldingay, BD Taylor (2017); Can field trials improve the design of road-crossing structures for gliding mammals? Ecological Research 32 (5), 743-749

WR McLean, RL Goldingay, DA Westcott (2017); Visual lures increase camera-trap detection of the southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii);Wildlife Research 44 (3), 230-237

RL Goldingay (2017); Does nest box use reduce the fitness of a tree-cavity dependent mammal? Ecological research 32 (4), 495-502

RL Goldingay, D McHugh, JL Parkyn (2017); Population monitoring of a threatened gliding mammal in subtropical Australia; Australian Journal of Zoology 64 (6), 413-420

RL Goldingay, BD Taylor (2017); Targeted field testing of wildlife road-crossing structures: koalas and canopy rope-bridges; Australian Mammalogy 39 (1), 100-104

RL Goldingay, DA Newell (2017); Small‐scale field experiments provide important insights to restore the rock habitat of Australia's most endangered snake; Restoration ecology 25 (2), 243-252