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+61 8 9771 7987

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+61 8 9777 1183
Street Address
Brain Street, Manjimup WA 6258, Australia
Postal Address
Locked Bag 2, Manjimup WA 6258, Australia

Profile

Principal Technical Officer (L5) Manjimup Science Division.


Expertise

  • Fire behaviour and fire ecology research.
  • Monitoring post fire/logging plant ecology.
  • Feral predator census and control research.
  • Feral Camel census and distribution research.

Brief CV

  • BSc environmental science (Murdoch)
  • Research experience includes;
  • Fire behaviour studies,
    • Project Aquarius (W.A.)
    • Grassland fire study (NT)
    • Project Vesta (W.A.)
  • Fire ecology
    • Effects of fire regimes on understorey plants
    • Measuring effects of fine grain mosaic fire on plants
    • Monitoring the impacts of timber harvesting on understorey plants- Kingston study and Forestcheck.
    • The fire response of plants to different fire age (cronosequence) in the Gibson desert and Lorna Glen study sites.
  • Mammal reintroductions;
    • Desert dreaming – Gibson Desert
    • Project Eden – Shark Bay
    • Lorna Glen – reclaimed pastoral station
  • Feral Predator research;
    • Develop census methods
    • Develop control methods
  • Feral Camels;
    • Develop and run Camel surveys to assess numbers and distribution.

Projects

Fire Effects Study — “The effects of various fire regimes on the understorey plants in the jarrah forests of Western Australia”

Fine Grain fire Mosaic (Walpole) — “Measure the effect of a frequent fire regime, designed to promote a fine grain mosaic in London forest block, on the understorey plants”.

Forestcheck — “Monitor the impacts of timber harvesting on the understorey plants”.

 


Publications (78)

Departmental Publications (78)

Found 78 items

2015

Burrows N, Liddelow G, Ward B, Jackson V, Thoomes E (2015). Matuwa introduced predator control program: 2015 aerial baiting report. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 13 p.

Burrows ND, Liddelow GL, Ward B (2015). A guide to estimating fire rate of spread in spinifex grasslands (Mk2v2). Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 10 p.

2014

Burrows ND, Liddelow GL, Ward B (2014). A guide to estimating fire rate of spread in spinifex grasslands (Mk2). Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 6 p.

Ward BG, Bragg TB, Hayes BA (2014). Relationship between fire-return interval and mulga (Acacia aneura) regeneration in the Gibson Desert and Gascoyne-Murchison regions of Western Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire 23, pp. 394–402

2013

Christensen PES, Ward BG, Sims C (2013). Predicting bait uptake by feral cats, Felis catus, in semi-arid environments. Ecological Management and Restoration 14, pp. 1–7

Wayne AF, Maxwell MA, Ward CG, Vellios CV, Ward BG, Liddelow GL et al. [Wilson I, Wayne JC, Williams MR] (2013). The importance of getting the numbers right: quantifying the rapid and substantial decline of an abundant marsupial, Bettongia penicillata. Wildlife Research 40, pp. 169–183

2012

Burrows N, Ward B (2012). Lorna Glen introduced predator monitoring, 27-31 January 2012. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 6 p.

Langlands PR, Brennan KEC, Ward B (2012). Is the reassembly of an arid spider assemblage following fire deterministic?. Austral Ecology 37, pp. 429–439

Ward B, Cranfield R, Liddelow G (2012). An assessment of Yourdamung and Nalyerin lakes in the jarrah forest region of Western Australia. Western Australian Naturalist 28, pp. 280–295

Ward B, Robinson R, Cranfield R (2012). FORESTCHECK: the response of vascular flora to silviculture in jarrah forest. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 53/2012, 2 p.

2011

Bragg TB, Ward BG (2011). Post fire plant succession and biodiversity in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia (ABSTRACT). In Western Australian Bushfire Research Forum 2011, 12 and 13 October 2011: Book of Abstracts pp. 14–15

Hollis JJ, Anderson WR, McCaw WL, Cruz MG, Burrows ND, Ward B et al. (2011). The effect of fireline intensity on woody fuel consumption in southern Australian eucalypt forest fires. Australian Forestry 74, pp. 81–96

Ward B, Robinson RM, Cranfield RJ, Williams MR (2011). FORESTCHECK: the response of vascular flora to silviculture in jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest. Australian Forestry 74, pp. 276–287

2010

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (2010). Fire regimes and tree growth in low rainfall jarrah forest of south-west Australia. Environmental Management 45, pp. 1332–1343

Hollis JJ, Matthews S, Ottmar RD, Prichard SJ, Slijepcevic A, Burrows ND et al. [Ward B] (2010). Testing woody fuel consumption models for application in Australian southern eucalypt forest fires. Forest Ecology and Management 260, pp. 948–964

Ward B, Burrows N, Lethbridge M (2010). Inland invaders: a million wild camels. Landscope 26(1), pp. 40–44

2009

Burrows N, Ward B (2009). Fire regimes and forest tree health. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 6/2009, 2 p.

Burrows ND, Ward B, Robinson A (2009). Fuel dynamics and fire spread in spinifex grasslands of the Western Desert. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 115, pp. 69–76

Ward BG (2009). A broad scale aerial survey of the feral camel population in the south Kimberley region of WA. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 10 p.

2008

Burrows ND, Wardell-Johnson G, Ward B (2008). Post-fire juvenile period of plants in south-west Australia forests and implications for fire management. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 91, pp. 163–174

Maxwell M, Wayne A, Williams M, Whittred B, Ward B, Liddelow G et al. [Wayne J, Wilson I] (2008). Predators. In Progress report of the Woylie Conservation Research Project: diagnosis of recent woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) declines in southwestern Australia: a report to the Department of Environment and Conservation Corporate Executive. Available at: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/programs/saving-our-species/woylie-conservation-research-project/the-progress-report.html Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. pp. 147–184

Maxwell M, Wayne A, Williams M, Whittred B, Ward B, Liddelow G et al. [Wayne J, Wilson I] (2008). Predators (ABSTRACT). In Woylie Symposium: recent woylie declines, situation overview and diagnosis progress: Thuirsday 14th February 2008, Murdoch University: abstracts p. 15

Ward BG, Lorkiewicz A (2008). A broad scale aerial survey of feral camel populations in the Great Victoria Desert, May 2008. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 10 p.

Ward C, Wayne A, Maxwell M, Vellios C, Whittred B, Clark Z et al. [Ward B, Wayne J, Swinburn M, Flett J] (2008). Demographics. In Progress report of the Woylie Conservation Research Project: diagnosis of recent woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) declines in southwestern Australia: a report to the Department of Environment and Conservation Corporate Executive. Available at: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/programs/saving-our-species/woylie-conservation-research-project/the-progress-report.html Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. pp. 118–133

Ward C, Wayne A, Maxwell M, Vellios C, Williams J, Richards J, et al. [Whittred B, Clark Z, Ward B, Wayne J, Swinburn M, Flett J] (2008). Demographics (ABSTRACT). In Woylie Symposium: recent woylie declines, situation overview and diagnosis progress: Thuirsday 14th February 2008, Murdoch University: abstracts p. 14

Ward C, Wayne A, Ward B, Maxwell M, Whittred B, Vellios C et al. [Wayne J, Flett J] (2008). Survival and mortality. In Progress report of the Woylie Conservation Research Project: diagnosis of recent woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) declines in southwestern Australia: a report to the Department of Environment and Conservation Corporate Executive. Available at: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/programs/saving-our-species/woylie-conservation-research-project/the-progress-report.html Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. pp. 134–146

Ward C, Wayne A, Ward B, Maxwell M, Whittred B, Vellios C et al. [Wayne J, Flett J] (2008). Survival and mortality (ABSTRACT). In Woylie Symposium: recent woylie declines, situation overview and diagnosis progress: Thuirsday 14th February 2008, Murdoch University: abstracts p. 14

2007

McCaw L, Cranfield R, Liddelow G, Ward B, van Heurck P, Bain K et al. [Middleton T] (2007). Post-fire response of tall eucalypt forest in southern Western Australia (POSTER ABSTRACT). In MedEcos XI: conference program, information & summary abstracts: the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Sunday 2-Wednesday 5 September 2007 p. 89

Ward B (2007). Feral camel distribution and abundance of the Warburton central ranges and northern Great Victoria Desert. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 11 p.

Ward B, Burrows N (2007). Evaluating the effectiveness of an operation to cull feral camels in the western Little Sandy Desert. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 8 p.

Wayne A, Ward C, Maxwell M, Vellios C, Wilson I, Wayne J et al. [Swinburn M, Ward B, Morris K] (2007). Diagnosing the recent woylie (Bettongia penicillata) collapse in south-western Australia (ABSTRACT). In ESA 2007, Program and Abstracts: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia, 2007, Monday 26th November to Friday 30th November 2007 p. 167

2006

Burrows ND, Ward B, Robinson A, Behn G (2006). Fuel dynamics and fire behaviour in spinifex grasslands of the western desert. In Bushfire Conference 2006: Brisbane, 6-9 June 2006: Life in a Fire-Prone Environment: Translating Science into Practice Southeast Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Brisbane. pp. 1–7

Ward BG, Ward CG, Withnell N, Bishop C, Kay W, Everett M et al. (2006). Aerial survey conducted from Telfer Mine site of the Rudall River National Park and its surrounds to assess feral camel densities. Department of Environment and Conservation, Manjimup. 8 p.

2005

Ward B (2005). Proposal for a pilot broad-scale aerial camel survey: Gibson Desert 2005. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. 5 p.

Ward BG, Ward CG, Liddelow GL (2005). A pilot camel survey of a central portion of Western Australia. 9 p.

Ward BG, Ward CG, Liddelow GL (2005). Camel populations in central Western Australia determined from aerial surveys. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. 9 p.

2004

Morris K, Sims C, Himbeck K, Christensen P, Sercombe N, Ward B et al. (2004). Project Eden - fauna recovery on Peron Peninsula, Shark Bay: Western Shield review, February 2003. Conservation Science Western Australia 5(2), pp. 202–234

Ward B, Bragg T (2004). Fire ecology of vascular plants in the Gibson Desert. PowerPoint presentation at Fire management of spinifex grasslands: round table & workshop, Kensington, 18 & 19 November 2004. 19 digital slides

2003

Burrows ND, Algar D, Robinson AD, Sinagra J, Ward B, Liddelow G (2003). Controlling introduced predators in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 55, pp. 691–713

2002

Angus GJ, Onus M, Fuller PJ, Liddelow G, Ward B (2002). Comparison of two aerial baiting regimes with respect to bait acceptance by introduced predators and non-target native fauna at the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 37 p.

Burrows ND, Ward B, Cranfield R (2002). Short-term impacts of logging on understorey vegetation in a jarrah forest. Australian Forestry 65, pp. 47–58

Liddelow G, Ward B, Angus GJ, Hamilton N (2002). An assessment of an aerial baiting program for the control of feral cats at the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. 11 p.

Liddelow G, Ward B, Bragg T (2002). Buckshot and breakaways : plants and animals of the Gibson Desert, 2001. 44, 12 p.

Morris K, Pearson D, Liddelow G, Ward B, Himbeck K, Smith J (2002). Beyond the dreaming: Project Eden, 2001. 45, 16 p.

2001

Burrows ND, Ward B, Cranfield R (2001). Short-term impacts of logging on understorey vegetation in a jarrah forest (ABSTRACT). In A Workshop on Environmental Effects of Timber Harvesting in the Jarrah Forest: Perup Forest Ecology Centre, 7 & 8 May 2001: a Synthesis of Recent Research by the Science Division, Department of Conservation & Land Management p. 5

Burrows ND, Ward BG, Robinson AD (2001). Bark as fuel in a moderate intensity jarrah forest fire. CALMScience 3, pp. 405–409

2000

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (2000). Behaviour and some impacts of a large wildfire in the Gnangara maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) plantation, Western Australia. CALMScience 3, pp. 251–260

Liddelow G, Ward B (2000). Buckshot and breakaways: plants and animals of the Gibson Desert, 2000. 38, 12 p.

Liddelow G, Ward B, Adams P, Charand O (2000). Buckshot and breakaways: plants and animals of the Gibson Desert, September 4-15, 2000 : expedition briefing. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia, Landscope Expeditions 38, 20 p.

Morris K, Liddelow G, Ward B (2000). Beyond the dreaming: Project Eden, 2000. 39, 12 p.

1999

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1999). A guide to predicting fire behaviour and to patch burning in hummock grasslands: version 2. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 13 p.

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1999). Fire regimes and biodiversity in jarrah forests (ABSTRACT). In Bushfire 99 Conference Program: 6-9 July, 1999, Albury, N.S.W. p. 22

Burrows ND, Ward B, Robinson AD (1999). The role of indicators in developing appropriate fire regimes. In Bushfire 99 Proceedings: Australian Bush Fire Conference, Albury Convention and Performing Arts Centre, Albury, Australia: 7-9 July, 1999 Charles Sturt University, School of Environmental & Information Sciences, Albury. pp. 59–68

Burrows ND, Ward B, Robinson AD (1999). The role of indicators in developing appropriate fire regimes. - Draft. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 14 p.

Ward BG, Liddelow GL (1999). Demography of Australian boab (Adansonia gregorii) stands in relation to fire and grazing: a progress report. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 8 p.

1998

Burrows ND, Ward B, Robinson AD (1998). Using biological indicators to plan ecologically sustainable fire regimes in jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forests in Western Australia. In Proceedings of International Conference on Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management : fostering stakeholder input to advance development of scientifically-based indicators, 24-28 August 1998, Melbourne, Victoria Conference Organising Committee, Melbourne. pp. 81–83

1997

Ward B, Robinson A (1997). Field trip to Western Mining Corporation (Pty Ltd) Nifty Copper operation lease area, May 5-9, 1997. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 6 p.

1996

Burrows N, Gill M, Ward B, Moore P (1996). Using fire to rehabilitate areas disturbed by mining exploration in the Rudall River region: an interim report, September 1996. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 15 p.

Christensen P, Marchant N, Ward B, Robinson A, Liddelow G (1996). Gibson Desert: buckshot and breakaways, 1996 (PAMPHLET). 18, 12 p.

Smith R, Ward B, Christensen P, Wheeler I, Morris K, Speldewinde P (1996). Beyond the dreaming : Project Eden, 1996 (PAMPHLET). 14, 8 p.

1995

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1995). Flowering responses after fire in jarrah forests (ABSTRACT). In Bushfire '95: Presented Papers: Australian Bushfire Conference, 27-30 September 1995, Hobart, Tasmania p. 1

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1995). Regeneration and flowering responses of plant species in jarrah forest plant communities. In Burning Our Bushland: Proceedings of a Conference About Fire and Urban Bushland: Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, 25-26 August, 1995 Urban Bushland Council, West Perth. pp. 30–33

Burrows ND, Ward B, Robinson AD (1995). Jarrah forest fire history from stem analysis and anthropological evidence. Australian Forestry 58, pp. 7–16

1994

Ward B, Burrows N (1994). Fire management review, southern deserts. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 3 p.

1993

Liddelow GL, Ward BG (1993). Gibson Desert field trip, November 1993. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 19 p.

Ward B (1993). Impact of fire on the forest understorey species. In Summaries of presentations given at program meeting, Stirling Range N.P., 23-25 November 1992 Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. p. 17

1991

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1991). Fire behaviour in spinifex fuels on the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 20, pp. 189–204

1990

Burrows N, Gardiner G, Ward B, Robinson A (1990). Regeneration of Eucalyptus wandoo following fire. Australian Forestry 53, pp. 248–258

Ward B (1990). Buffer burning in Neale Junction N.R.. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 6 p.

1989

Burrows N, Ward B, Maisey K, Robinson A (1989). Fire history survey: Plumridge Lakes Nature Reserve: internal progress report. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 8 p.

Burrows ND, Woods YC, Ward BG, Robinson AD (1989). Prescribing low intensity fire to kill wildings in Pinus radiata plantations in Western Australia. Australian Forestry 52, pp. 45–52

1988

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1988). Aspects of fire behaviour and fire suppression in a Pinus pinaster plantation. 2/88, 4 p.

Ward BG, Walsh PH (1988). Effects of various site treatments on 2R establishment of Pinus radiata D.Don in the Blackwood Valley of W.A.. 21, 16 p.

1987

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A (1987). The desert reserves on fire: a fire survey of Queen Victoria Spring Nature Reserve. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Manjimup. 40 p.

Burrows N, Ward B, Robinson A, Woods Y (1987). Gibson Desert Nature Reserve field trip, August 10th-26th, 1987: preliminary report. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 28 p.

Ward BG (1987). Fuel accumulation rates of treeless flats in the southern forests of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 6 p.

1982

Ward B (1982). Fuel assessment: Project Firestorm. Forests Department, 28 p.

1981

Ward B (1981). Fire behaviour determined from 70 mm oblique photography: Tone Block, 1981. Forests Department, Como, WA. 15 p.