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14 Queen Street, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
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14 Queen Street, Busselton WA 6280, Australia

Profile

I am a Level 4 Senior Technical Officer working under the direction of Principal Research Scientist Jim Lane in the Biodiversity Group. I work together with Senior Technical Officer Grant Pearson on projects within the aquatic ecosystems area.


Expertise

In the 9 years as a technical officer in the Science Division at Woodvale I have developed competency in waterbird identification. I have a particular interest in the Banded Stilt since observing their nesting events at lakes Ballard and Marmion in 1995 when these lakes were filled by Cyclone Bobby. I continue to monitor Banded Stilt movements throughout the state and record sightings of birds that were flagged and ringed from this breeding event. During the last two years I have concentrated on migratory shore birds through census work at Creery Lagoon, Vasse- Wonnerup Estuaries, Swan Estuary cannon netting and participation in the North West Wader Study Group Expeditions at Roebuck Bay and the 80 Mile Beach.

My laboratory work involves the sorting of aquatic invertebrates. I have developed a good knowledge of sorting techniques and initial species identification from a range of wetland types throughout the state.

I have an academic background and practical experience in cartography and surveying. I provide advice and expertise on mapping products and surveying techniques to Scientists within the Biodiversity Group.

I am an experienced small craft operator, holding certificates in Small Craft Safety and Handling, and Elements of Shipboard Safety.

I assist with bathymetric surveys of wetlands in recovery catchments and supervise surveying teams in the field.


Brief CV

I joined CALM in 1988 working in the then "Mapping Branch" as a cartographer, using the Intergraph GIS package to produce National Park Management Plan maps. In June of 1991 I was seconded for 12 months to a Technical Officer’s position at Planning Branch in the Parks, Recreation, Planning and Tourism Division. Following this I moved into a Technical Officer position at the Woodvale Wildlife Research Centre working in the Wetlands group.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences majoring in Cartography and Geography from Curtin University.

I am the Health and Fitness Coordinator for the Woodvale Centre.


Projects

  • Breeding ecology and conservation of the Banded Stilt.
  • Salinity Action Plan wetland monitoring program.
  • Monitoring of wetlands in Nature Reserves and National Parks of south-western Australia.
  • Survey for new proposals for the Directory of important Wetlands in Australia.

Publications (31)

Departmental Publications (31)

Found 31 items

2016

Comer S, Clarke A (2016). Wildfires in the Esperance area. Western Wildlife: Land for Wildlife Newsletter 20(1), pp. 1, 3

2015

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2015). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2013. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 178 p.

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2015). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2014. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Busselton. 186 p.

Lane JAK, Winchcombe YC, Clarke AG (2015). Thirty year (1981-2010) trends in depths and rainfalls of south-western Australian wetlands. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Busselton. 155 p.

Minton C, Lane J, Pearson G, Clarke A, Chapman A (2015). Movements of banded stilts marked at the Lake Ballard and Lake Marmion colonies in Western Australia in 1995. Stilt 67, pp. 22–27

Pickering R, Clarke A, Comer S, Sullivan D, Graff J (2015). Big brown boomers, the Australasian bittern. Landscope 31(2), pp. 16–21

2013

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2013). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2011. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 162 p.

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2013). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2012. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Busselton. 172 p.

2011

Chambers J, Wilson C, Tulbure M et al. [Clarke A] (2011). Investigation of nutrient thresholds for ecological regime change in the Vasse-Wonnerup estuary in south-western Australia (ABSTRACT). In Australian Marine Sciences Association, 48th Annual Conference, 3rd-7th July 2011: Book of Abstracts p. 37

Clarke A, Lane J, Jaensch R (2011). Surveys of waterbirds in selected wetlands of south-western Australia in spring-summer 2009-10, with further assessment of changes in habitat and waterbird usage over 2-3 decades. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 109 p.

Lane J, Clarke J, Winchcombe Y (2011). Birds of the Vasse-Wonnerup. PowerPoint presentation. 48 p.

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2011). Depth, salinity and temperature profiling of Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands in 1998-2000. 73 p.

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2011). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2010. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 156 p.

2010

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC (2010). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2009. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 149 p.

2009

Chambers JM, Clarke A, Paling EI (2009). Snapshot survey of the distribution and abundance of the macrophytes, macroalgae, phytoplankton and macroinvertebrates of the Vasse-Wonnerup lagoons, February 2009. Murdoch University, Murdoch. 42 p.

Elscot SV, Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Muir WP (2009). Nomination and improved documentation of nationally important wetlands in under-represented IBRA regions in Western Australia: report prepared for the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 77 p.

Jaensch R, Clarke A, Lane J (2009). Surveys of waterbirds in selected wetlands of south-western Australia in spring-summer 2008-9, with an assessment of changes in habitat and waterbird usage over 2-3 decades. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 79 p.

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC, Pearson GB, Muir WP, Johnson BW, Elscot SV (2009). South west wetlands monitoring program report 1977-2007. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 332 p.

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Winchcombe YC, Pearson GB, Muir WP, Johnson BW, Elscot SV (2009). South west wetlands monitoring program report, 1977-2008. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 143 p.

2008

Wilson C, Chambers JM, Lane J, Clarke A, Paling EI (2008). Snapshot survey of the distribution and abundance of the macroalgae and macrophytes of the Vasse-Wonnerup lagoons, 2007. Murdoch University, Murdoch. 52 p.

2007

Lane JAK, Clarke AG, Pearson GB, Winchcombe YC (2007). Waterbirds of the Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands in 1998-2000, including Ramsar status and comparisons with earlier data. Department of Environment and Conservation, Busselton. 51 p.

2005

Lane J, Pearson G, Clarke A, Winchcombe Y, Munro D (2005). Depths and salinities of wetlands in south-western Australia, 1977-2000. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Kensington, WA. 129 p.

2004

Clarke A, Muir B, Elscot S, Lane J (2004). Banded stilt breeding attempt at Lake Disappointment. Stilt 46, p. 39

2003

Clarke AG Lane JAK (2003). A waterbird census of selected wetlands along the coastal margins of the Esperance District, Feb.-Mar. 2003: report. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Kensington, WA. 38 p.

2002

Lane J, Clarke A, Pearson G (2002). Waterbirds of Peel-Harvey estuary in 1996-97. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 41 p.

Lane J, Clarke A, Pearson G (2002). Waterbirds of Peel-Harvey estuary in 1998-99. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 40 p.

Pearson G, Piersma T, Goeij P, de Lavaleye M, Honkoop P, Hickey R et al. (2002). Life on land's edge: benthos and shorebirds of Roebuck Bay and A celebration of the bay: June 7-15, 2002: expedition briefing. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia, Landscope Expeditions 48, 21 p.

1997

Lane JAK, Pearson GB, Clarke AG (1997). Waterbird use of Peel-Harvey Estuary following opening of the Dawesville Channel in April 1994: progress report. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 21 p.

1995

Halse SA, Burbidge AA, Lane JAK, Haberley B, Pearson GB, Clarke A (1995). Size of the Cape Barren goose population in Western Australia. Emu 95, pp. 77–83

1994

McRoberts KM, Calver MC, Clarke A, McRoberts W, Pearson GB, Polain MA et al. [Halse SA] (1994). Excessive nesting mortality in the straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis): is Giardia a factor? (ABSTRACT). In North American Wildlife Diseases Conference

1993

Jaensch R, Clarke A (1993). Waterbirds breeding in spring 1992 in wetlands on the south coast of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. 67 p.