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ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Professor Gary Luck

Professor Gary Luck

Gary Luck is a Professor in Ecology and Environmental Management. He is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and a visiting A/Professor and Researcher at The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia; The Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University; and The Ecology Centre, The University of Queensland.

His research falls into two main categories: 1) the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services and the contribution of services to human well-being; and 2) the implications of socio-economic and human demographic change for biodiversity conservation in urban and rural landscapes.


Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation and Park Management), University of South Australia, 1995
Bachelor of Applied Science (First Class Honours) (Natural Resource Management), University of Adelaide, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University, 2000


Strategic Research Areas

  • Biodiversity Conservation

Membership of Editorial Boards and Panels

Prof Gary Luck is a Council member of the Ecological Society of Australia and University representative on the Parks Victoria Research Partners Panel.

He is Chair of the Editorial Board for the journal Ecological Management and Restoration; Member of the Editorial Boards for Faculty 1000 Research and ISRN Ecology; and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Nature Conservation Journal.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Saunders, M.E. & Luck, G.W. (2016) Combining costs and benefits of animal activities to assess net yield outcomes in apple orchards. PLOS One. 11(7): e0158618

Saunders, M.E. & Luck, G.W. (2016) Limitations of the ecosystem services versus disservices dichotomy. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12740

Peisley, R.K., Saunders, M.E. & Luck, G.W. (2016) Cost-benefit trade-offs of bird activity in apple orchards. PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2179 

Saunders, M.E., Peisley, R., & Luck, G. K.  (2016) Pollinators, pests, and predators: Recognizing ecological trade-offs in agroecosystems. AMBIO 45,4-14  DOI:10.1007/s13280-015-0696-y

Peisley, R.K., Saunders, M.E. & Luck, G.W. (2015) A systematic review of the benefits and costs of bird and insect activity in agroecosystems. Springer Science Reviews 3, 113-125.

Holland, J.E., Luck, G.W., Finlayson, C.M. Threats to food production and water quality in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia. Ecosystem Services  (2015), pp. 55-70 DOI information: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.02.008  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041615000261

Luck, G.W. & Saunders, M.E. (2015). Nature – how do I value thee? Let me count the ways. Wild- life Australia, Autumn, 38-39

McDonald, P., Luck, G.W., Dickman, C., Ward, S. & Crowther, M. (2015) Using multiple-source occurrence data to identify patterns and drivers of decline in arid-dwelling Australian marsupials. Ecography. DOI:10.1111/ecog.01212

Hunter, A.J. & Luck, G.W. (2015) Defining and measuring the social- ecological quality of urban greens- pace: a semi-systematic review. Urban Ecosystems. http://link. springer.com/article/10.1007/s11252-015-0456-6

Luck, G.W., Hunt, K & Carter, A. (2015) The species and functional diversity of birds in almond orchards, apple orchards, vineyards and eucalypt woodlots. Emu: Austral Ornithol- ogy DOI 10.1071/MU14022

Watson, S.J., Luck, G.W., Spooner, P.G. & Watson, D.M. (2014). Deconstructing human-induced land-cover change: incorporating the interacting effects of frequency, sequence, timespan and magnitude of changes on biota. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 12, 241-249. Evaluated for Faculty of 1000 top papers in biology.

Watson, S.J., Watson, D.M., Luck, G.W., Spooner, P.G.(2014) Effects of landscape composition and connectivity on the distribution of an endangered parrot in agricultural landscapes. Landscape Ecology 29, 1249–1259.

Luck, G., Spooner, P., Watson,  D.M., Watson, S., Saunders, M. (2014). Interactions between almond plantations and native ecosystems: lessons learned from north-western Victoria. Ecological Management and Restoration. Vol 15, Issue 1, pp 4-15. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/emr.12082/full

Saunders, M.E, Luck G.W (2014) Spatial and temporal variation in pollinator community structure relative to a woodland-almond plantation edge. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/afe.12067.

Saunders, M.E. & Luck, G.W. (2013) Pan-trap catches of pollinator insects vary with habitat context.  Australian Journal of Entomology. Vol 52, Issue 2, pp106-113

Saunders, M.E., Luck, G.W., & Mayfield, M.M. (2013) Almond orchards with living ground cover host more wild insect pollinators. Journal of Insect Conservation 17:1011-1025

Luck , G.W., Chan, K.M. & Klein, C.J. (2012) Identifying spatial priorities for protecting ecosystem services [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/T0yHOY] F1000Research 1:17 (doi: 10.3410/f1000research.1-17.v1

Luck, G.W., Chan, K.M.A., Eser, U., Gómez-Baggethum, E., Matzdorf, B., Norton, B. & Potschin, M.B. (2012). Ethical considerations in on-ground applications of the ecosystem services concept. BioScience 62, 1020-29.

Luck, G.W., Lavorel, S., McIntyre, S. & Lumb, K. (2012). Improving the application of vertebrate trait-based frameworks to the study of ecosystem services. J. Animal Ecol. 81, 1065-76.

Luck, G.W., Smallbone, L.T. & Sheffield, K.J. (2012). Environmental and socio-economic factors related to urban bird communities. Austral Ecology  DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02383.x

Luck, G.W., Lavorel, S., McIntyre, S. & Lumb, K. (2012). Improving the application of vertebrate trait-based frameworks to the study of ecosystem services. Journal of Animal Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.01974.x

McDonald, P.J., Luck, G.W., Wassens, S. & Pavey, C.R. (2012). The importance of fire in influencing the occurrence of snakes in an upland region of arid Australia. Austral Ecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2011.02348.x

Triplett, S., Luck, G.W. & Spooner, P. (2012). The importance of managing the costs and benefits of bird activity for agricultural sustainability. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability DOI:10.1080/14735903.2012.700102

Carter, A., Luck, G.W. & Wilson, B.P. (2012). Ecology of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in an agricultural landscape. 1. Den-site selection. Australian Mammalogy http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AM11038

Book

Demographic Change in Australia's Rural Landscapes: Implications for Society and the Environment Luck, G.W, Race, D. & Black, R. (Eds). (2010) Springer, Netherlands

 Book Chapters

Luck, G.W. (2016) 'Service Providing Units' in Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge, London and New York.

Luck, G.W (2015) The species and functional diversity of birds in almond orchards, apple orchards, vineyards and eucalypt woodlots. Emu: Austral Ornithology DOI 10.1071/MU14022

Conference Papers

Robinson, W. A & Luck , G.W  (2016)  Application of a multi-level occupancy model with covariates to urban birds in South-Eastern Australia. Presented at the International Statistical Ecology Conference 2016, June 28-July 1, Seattle, Washington, USA

Luck, G. (2015) ESA Urban Ecology Research Chapter: A brief history and future direction, at Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference, Nov 29 to Dec 3, Adelaide, South Australia


Current Projects

Acoustic Observatory: a network to monitor biodiversity across Australia. (2017-2020) ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities project ($900,000) led by Queensland University of Technology with ILWS team members Watson, D., Luck, G. & Nimmo, D.

Predicting the delivery of ecosystem services in agriculture landscapes, Luck, G. (2014-2017) ARC Discovery grant, $360,000 Project details

Internal Grants

Next generation tools for environmental monitoring in remote and limited access locations, Watson, D.H., Massaro, M., Luck, G., & Finlayson, M. (2015) Research Infrastructure Block Grant, $33,583

Completed Projects

Integrating conservation and ecosystem service values in Australia's catchments. ARC Future Fellowship. Prof Gary Luck. (2010-2014) Project details

Managing agricultural landscapes to maximise production and conservation outcomes: the case of the Regent Parrot, Dr Peter Spooner, A/Prof David Watson & Prof Gary Luck, ARC Linkage grant  project with Select Harvest and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, $501,000  (2008-2013) Project details

Frog communities of the Mid and Lower Lachlan River, OEH. With Dr Skye Wassens (2012-2013). $14,000

Starling management and street tree selection for Macquarie Street, Dubbo City Council. Luck, G & Watson, M. (2012-14). $88,000. Report

Assessment of post-flood recovery of frog populations in the Lachlan catchment 2012-2013. OEH. Wassens, S., & Luck, G. (2012-2013). $13,964

Designing Landscapes to Deliver Ecosystem Services to Agriculture. ARC Discovery Grant. A/ Prof Gary Luck and Dr Peter Spooner. $255,000. (2009-2011)

Next generation tools for environmental monitoring in remote and limited access locations. Watson, D.H., Massaro, M., Luck, G., & Finlayson, M. (2015) Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG), $33,583