Dale Nimmo

Professor Dale Nimmo

Animal Ecologist

Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences


Associate Professor Dale Nimmo is an animal ecologist with broad interests in how 'big' disturbances – things like fire, drought, and land clearing – influence biodiversity. He completed his PhD at Deakin University in 2011, which focused on how animal species respond to fire regimes in the semi-arid Murray Mallee region of south eastern Australia. After that, he undertook a research fellowship with Professor Andrew F Bennett (La Trobe University) on the concept of ecological resilience and its relevance to applied ecology, which a particular focus on woodland bird communities and their response to an extreme climatic event: southern Australia's 'Millennium Drought'. A/Prof Nimmo was awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship at Deakin University, during which he continued to work on fire ecology and ecological resilience, but also was persuaded to be interested in mammalian predators, namely dingoes, foxes and feral cats.

  • Managing landscapes to minimise the effects on biodiversity of large-scale disturbances, such as fire, climatic extremes, and habitat fragmentation
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Munro, T., Ritchie, A. L., Erickson, T. E., Nimmo, D. G., & Price, J. N. (2023). Activated carbon seed technologies provide some protection to seedlings from the effects of post-emergent herbicides. Restoration Ecology, [e13875]. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13875
  • Michael, D., Nimmo, D., Stevens, E., Schlen, T., & Wassens, S. (2023). Finding Ngabi (Hemiaspis damelii): Factors affecting the use of modified floodplain wetlands by an endangered snake. Wildlife Research. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR22147
  • Moore, H. A., Dunlop, J. A., Geyle, H. M., Greenwood, L., & Nimmo, D. G. (2023). First you get the money, then you get the power: Comparing the cost and power of monitoring programs to detect changes in occupancy of a threatened marsupial predator. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(2), [e12881]. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12881
  • Moore, H. A., Dunlop, J. A., Jolly, C. J., Kelly, E., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Ritchie, E. G., Burnett, S., Van Leeuwen, S., Valentine, L. E., Cowan, M. A., & Nimmo, D. G. (2022). A brief history of the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus): A systematic review. Australian Mammalogy, 44(2), 185-207. https://doi.org/10.1071/AM21002
  • Jolly, C. J., Dickman, C. R., Doherty, T. S., van Eeden, L. M., Geary, W. L., Legge, S. M., Woinarski, J. C. Z., & Nimmo, D. G. (2022). Animal mortality during fire. Global Change Biology, 28(6), 2053-2065. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16044