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Research Scientist, Science and Conservation Division DPaW and CSIRO Land and Water.

 

My current research interests concern fire regimes and their impacts in transitional woodlands and shrublands in the Great Western Woodlands. We aim to:

  • Estimate the time since fire of long-unburnt gimlet (Eucalyptus salubris) woodlands
  • Investigate the effects of time since fire on the assembly and recovery of community composition, ecosystem structure and carbon stores in gimlet woodlands.
  • Measure fuel dynamics with time since fire.
  • Investigate genetic differentiation among related pairs of resporuting and non-resprouting eucalypts.

 

A recently completed project investigated how fire impacts plant conservation in fragmented wheatbelt Nature Reserves.


Expertise

  • Fire ecology
  • Plant invasions and seed dispersal ecology
  • Effects of fragmentation on plant conservation
  • Landscape ecology

Brief CV

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

PhD University of Wollongong, 2004
Thesis: Implications of Bitou Bush Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. rotundata invasion and control on bird communities and plant-bird interactions.

B. Natural Resources (Hons) University of New England, 1994
 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

2007 - present: Research Scientist, Department of Parks and Wildlife and CSIRO Land and Water

2003 - 2006: Post-doctoral fellow, Weeds Cooperative Research Centre and Qld Dept. of Natural Resources and Mines. Researched techniques to manage the spread of bird-dispersed weeds.

2000 - 2003: Biodiversity Survey Coordinator and Field Survey Team Leader, Western Regional Assessments Unit, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Conducted biodiversity surveys in western NSW.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Birdlife Australia

Projects

  1. Fire regimes and impacts in transitional woodlands and shrublands.
  2. Resolving genetic differentiation between closely related eucalypts with mallee and tree forms.
  3. Fire, fragmentation, weeds and the conservation of plant biodiversity in wheatbelt Nature Reserves.

This research is jointly supported by CSIRO Land and Water.


Publications (84)

Departmental Publications (69)

Found 69 items

2017

Harvey JM, Hopkins AJM, Langley MA, Gosper CR, Williams MR, Yates CJ (2017). Long-term studies of post-fire reproduction in an Australian shrubland and woodland. Australian Journal of Botany 65, pp. 339–347

2016

Gosper C, Pettit M, Andersen A, Yates C, Prober S (2016). Ant communities of gimlet woodlands and how they change over centuries following fire. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 88, 2 p.

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2016). Fire ecology of the Great Western Woodlands. Available at http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/LWF/Areas/Ecosystems-biodiversity/Monitoring-biodiversity/Great-Western-Woodlands/Fire-Ecology. CSIRO, Melbourne. 4 p.

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2016). The multi-century age-class distribution of Western Australian temperate woodlands after stand-replacement fires (ABSTRACT). In ESA16 book of abstracts: Ecological Society of Australia, annual conference: Diversity: pattern, process and prospects, 28 November to 2 December 2016, Fremantle, Western Australia p. 38

Gosper C, Yates C, Hopper S, Keith D, Prober S, Tozer M (2016). Biogeography and richness in non-resprouting and mallee post-fire response types in Eucalyptus. PowerPoint presentation at the Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium: Tuesday 10 May 2016 to Friday 13 May 2016, Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Kensington, WA. 17 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S, Scott, J (2016). Weed management priorities in the Great Western Woodlands in a climate change context. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 84, 2 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S, Wiehl G (2016). Validation of visual fuel assessments in gimlet woodlands. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 85, 2 p.

Gosper CR, O'Donnell AJ, Yates CJ, Prober SM, Grierson PF (2016). Better planning outcomes require adequate data and ecological understanding to be successful and credible: a reply to Evans et al., 2015. Biological Conservation 200, pp. 240–241

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2016). Continental-scale syntheses of Australian pyromes: misclassification of south-western eucalypt woodlands misinforms management. Journal of Biogeography 43, pp. 858–861

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Hopper SD, Keith DA, Prober SM, Tozer MG (2016). Biogeography, richness and endemism in non-resprouting and mallee post-fire response types in Eucalyptus (ABSTRACT). In Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium: Tuesday 10 May 2016 to Friday 13 May 2016, Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Kensington, WA p. 36

Gosper DG, Gosper CR (2016). Diurnal birds in the Bungawalbin Creek catchment, northern New South Wales, with a focus on spatial and temporal changes in reporting rates of declining woodland birds. Corella 40, pp. 1–12

Harvey J, Langley M, Yates C, Hopkins A, Gosper C (2016). Long term, post fire dynamics of plant communities in the Western Australian wheatbelt (ABSTRACT). In ESA16 book of abstracts: Ecological Society of Australia, annual conference: Diversity: pattern, process and prospects, 28 November to 2 December 2016, Fremantle, Western Australia p. 10

Prober S, Gosper C, Yates C (2016). Conservation of plant diversity in wheatbelt nature reserves. Available at http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/LWF/Areas/Ecosystems-biodiversity/Monitoring-biodiversity/Agricultural-landscape-biodiversity/Fire-weeds-diversity. CSIRO, Melbourne. pp.

Tulloch AIT, Pichancourt J-B, Gosper CR, Sanders A, Chadès I (2016). Fire management strategies to maintain species population processes in a fragmented landscape of fire-interval extremes. Ecological Applications 26, pp. 2175–2189

2015

Clarke PJ, Lawes MJ, Murphy BP, Russell-Smith J, Nano CEM, Bradstock R et al. [Gosper CR, Radford I] (2015). A synthesis of postfire recovery traits of woody plants in Australian ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 534, pp. 31–42

Fox E, Douglas TK, Gosper CR, Watson SJ, Chapman A (2015). Fire and the bird communities of the Great Western Woodlands: 300 years in the making (ABSTRACT). In Australasian Ornithological Conference 2015: Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia: AOC Adelaide 2015, 25th-29th November 2015 p. 36

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2015). Woodland: recovery after fire. Landscope 30(3), pp. 48–52

Gosper CR, Pettit MJ, Andersen AN, Yates CJ, Prober SM (2015). Multi-century dynamics of ant communities following fire in Mediterranean-climate woodlands: are changes congruent with vegetation succession?. Forest Ecology and Management 342, pp. 30–38

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ, Scott JK (2015). Combining asset- and species-led alien plant management priorities in the world’s most intact Mediterranean climate landscape. Biodiversity and Conservation 24, pp. 2789–2807

2014

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2014). Multi-century changes in plant diversity, composition and vegetation structure after fire in gimlet woodlands. PowerPoint presentation at the Kwongan Workshop 2014, 22 July 2014. 28 p.

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2014). Multi-century changes in vegetation structure and fuel availability in fire-sensitive eucalypt woodlands. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 72/2014, 2 p.

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM, Wiehl G (2014). Application and validation of visual fuel hazard assessments in dry Mediterranean-climate woodlands. International Journal of Wildland Fire 23, pp. 385–393

2013

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2013). Multi-­century changes in plant diversity and composition after fire in Eucalyptus salubris communities of the Great Western Woodlands (ABSTRACT). In Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, 4th Annual Symposium: 18-20 February, 2013, Old Parliament House, Canberra p. 54

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2013). The role of fire in plant conservation in wheatbelt remnants. Australasian Plant Conservation 22, pp. 21–22

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2013). Changes in plant diversity and vegetation composition with time since fire in gimlet woodlands. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 68/2013, 2 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2013). Plant functional types as a tool for predicting vegetation change with time since fire. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 64/2013, 2 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S, Wiehl G (2013). Ageing long-unburnt gimlet woodlands. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 65/2013, 2 p.

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2013). Estimating fire interval bounds using vital attributes: implications of uncertainty and among-population variability. Ecological Applications 23, pp. 924–935

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2013). Multi-century changes in vegetation structure and fuel availability in fire-sensitive eucalypt woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 310, pp. 102–109

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ, Wiehl G (2013). Estimating the time since fire of long-unburnt Eucalyptus salubris (Myrtaceae) stands in the Great Western Woodlands. Australian Journal of Botany 61, pp. 11–21

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM (2013). Fire in gimlet woodlands. Available at https://naturemap.dpaw.wa.gov.au/Forms/Theme_GWW/gww_index.aspx. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 27 p.

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM (2013). Floristic diversity in fire-sensitive eucalypt woodlands show a U-shaped relationship with time since fire. Journal of Applied Ecology 50, pp. 1187–1196

Prober S, Macfarlane C, Byrne M, Cook G, Gosper C, Harvey J et al. [Kealley I, Thiele K, van Leeuwen S, Yates C] (2013). The Great Western Woodlands supersite (ABSTRACT). In Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, 4th Annual Symposium: 18-20 February, 2013, Old Parliament House, Canberra p. 54

2012

Gosper CR (2012). Birds of two important bird areas of Western Australia: Lake Magenta and Dunn Rock & Lake King. Australian Field Ornithology 29, pp. 1–14

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM (2012). Changes in plant species and functional composition with time since fire in two Mediterranean climate plant communities. Journal of Vegetation Science 23, pp. 1071–1081

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM, Parsons BC (2012). Contrasting changes in vegetation structure and diversity with time since fire in two Australian Mediterranean-climate plant communities. Austral Ecology 37, pp. 164–174

Prober SM, Thiele KR, Rundel PW, Yates CJ, Berry SL, Byrne M et al. [Gosper CR] (2012). Facilitating adaptation of biodiversity to climate change: a conceptual framework applied to the world's largest Mediterranean-climate woodland. Climatic Change 110, pp. 227–248

2011

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2011). Restoring an appropriate fire regime to fragmented vegetation: a vital attributes approach. PowerPoint presentation at the 4th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Fire as a Global Process Available at http://fireecology.net/past-conferences/10-4thcongress.html. 24 p.

Gosper CR (2011). Birds of the northern Great Victoria Desert: the 2010 Sykes Bluff desert discovery project. Western Australian Bird Notes 139, pp. 2–9

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2011). Fire ecology studies in the world’s largest Mediterranean-climate woodland (ABSTRACT). In MEDECOS XII: Linking Science to Resource Management: the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference: September 6-9, 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States: Abstracts p. 73

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2011). Responses to fire of Mediterranean-climate shrublands in southwestern Australia (ABSTRACT). In MEDECOS XII: Linking Science to Resource Management: the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference: September 6-9, 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States: Abstracts p. 74

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM (2011). Effects of the fire management method of chaining and burning on plant communities (ABSTRACT). In Western Australian Bushfire Research Forum 2011, 12 and 13 October 2011: Book of Abstracts p. 36

Gosper CR, Yates CJ, Prober SM, Williams MR (2011). Fire does not facilitate invasion by alien annual grasses in an infertile Australian agricultural landscape. Biological Invasions 13, pp. 533–544

Parsons BC, Gosper CR (2011). Contemporary fire regimes in a fragmented and an unfragmented landscape: implications for vegetation structure and persistence of the fire-sensitive malleefowl. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20, pp. 184–194

Yates CJ, Gosper CR, Prober SM (2011). Fire, fragmentation, weeds and conservation of plant diversity in wheatbelt nature reserves (ABSTRACT). In Western Australian Bushfire Research Forum 2011, 12 and 13 October 2011: Book of Abstracts p. 23

2010

Gosper C, Lawler C, Warnock N, Dean J (2010). Fuel modification and fire management. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. Fire Management Guideline G4, 20 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2010). To burn or not to burn: challenging decisions in fragmented landscapes. Landscope 26(2), pp. 46–51

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2010). Using fruit crop and mortality to determine appropriate fire return intervals. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 39/2010, 2 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S, Parsons B (2010). Changes in plant diversity and vegetation structure with time-since-fire in mallee and mallee-heath. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 33/2010, 2 p.

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2010). Chaining and burning modifies vegetation structure, fuel and post-disturbance sprouting capacity. Rangelands Ecology and Management 63, pp. 588–592

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2010). Repeated disturbance through chaining and burning differentially affects recruitment among plant functional types in fire-prone heathlands. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19, pp. 52–62

2009

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2009). Ecological effects of creating fuel-modified zones by chaining and burning. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 27/2009, 2 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2009). Fragmentation but not fire facilitates weed invasion in mallee. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 10/2009, 2 p.

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2009). Restoring an appropriate fire regime to fragmented remnants: a vital attributes approach (ABSTRACT). In SERI 2009: World Conference on Ecological Restoration: Making Change in a Changing World: 19th Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration International, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Sunday 23 August to Thursday 27 August 2009: Conference Abstracts p. 84

Gosper C, Yates C, Prober S (2009). Restoring an appropriate fire regime to fragmented vegetation: a vital attributes approach. PowerPoint presentation at the 2009 Fire Ecology and Management Congress. 24 p.

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ, Parsons BC (2009). Changes in vegetation structure and composition after fire in two Australian Mediterranean-climate plant communities. Poster presented at the 2009 Fire Ecology and Management Congress.

2008

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2008). The role of fire in plant conservation in fragmented wheatbelt reserves. PowerPoint presentation at Kwongan Colloquium: Biodiversity on the Verge. 26 p.

2007

Gosper C (2007). Fire, fragmentation, weeds and the conservation of plant diversity in wheatbelt nature reserves. p. 1

Gosper C, Prober S, Yates C (2007). The role of fire in plant conservation in fragmented wheatbelt reserves. PowerPoint presentation prepared for the Kwongan Colloquium: Native Plant Life on the Western Australian Sandplains. 20 p.

Gosper CR, Prober SM, Yates CJ (2007). Scrub rolling and burning: altering recruitment of serotinous obligate seeders? (POSTER ABSTRACT). In ESA 2007, Program and Abstracts: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia, 2007, Monday 26th November to Friday 30th November 2007 pp. 191–192

Gosper CR, Vivien-Smith G (2007). Approaches to selecting replacements for invasive plants for use by frugivorous birds (POSTER ABSTRACT). In EMAPi9: 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions: Program & Abstract Book, 17-21 September 2007, Hyatt Regency, Perth, Western Australia p. 197

Gosper CR, Vivien-Smith G (2007). The role of fruit traits of bird-dispersed plants in invasiveness and weed risk assessment (ABSTRACT). In EMAPi9: 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions: Program & Abstract Book, 17-21 September 2007, Hyatt Regency, Perth, Western Australia p. 113

2006

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G (2006). Opportunities for managing the dispersal of fleshy-fruited invasive plants. In 15th Australian Weeds Conference: Papers & Proceedings: Managing Weeds in a Changing Climate: 24-28 September 2006, Adelaide Conference Centre, Adelaide, South Australia Weed Management Society of South Australia, Adelaide. pp. 59–62

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G (2006). Scientific approaches to selecting weed replacement plants for use by frugivorous birds. In 15th Australian Weeds Conference: Papers & Proceedings: Managing Weeds in a Changing Climate: 24-28 September 2006, Adelaide Conference Centre, Adelaide, South Australia Weed Management Society of South Australia, Adelaide. pp. 83–86

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G, Hoad K (2006). Reproductive ecology of invasive Ochna serrulata (Ochnaceae) in south-eastern Queensland. 54, pp. 43–52

White EM, Vivian-Smith G, Gosper CR (2006). Murraya paniculata: what is the potential for this popular ornamental plant to become an environmental weed?. In 15th Australian Weeds Conference: Papers & Proceedings: Managing Weeds in a Changing Climate: 24-28 September 2006, Adelaide Conference Centre, Adelaide, South Australia Weed Management Society of South Australia, Adelaide. pp. 63–66

2004

Gosper C, Vivian-Smith G (2004). Functional groups of bird-dispersed weeds (ABSTRACT). In 14th Australian Weeds Conference: Papers & Proceedings: 6-9 September 2004, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales p. 500

Gosper CR (2004). Fruit characteristics of invasive bitou bush, Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Asteraceae), and a comparison with co-occurring native plant species. Australian Journal of Botany 52, pp. 223–230

1999

Gosper CR (1999). Plant food resources of birds in coastal dune communities in New South Wales. Corella 23, pp. 53–62

Additional Publications (15)
“In press” and draft publications, or those published while employed elsewhere.

2010

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G (2010). Fruit traits of vertebrate-dispersed alien plants: smaller seeds and more pulp sugar than indigenous species. Biological Invasions 12, pp. 1387-3547

Vivian-Smith G, Gosper CR, Panetta FD (2010) Comparative seed and dispersal ecology of three exotic subtropical Asparagus species. Invasive Plant Science and Management 3, pp. 93-103

2009

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G (2009). Approaches to selecting native plant replacements for fleshy-fruited invasive species. Restoration Ecology 17, pp. 196-204

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G (2009). The role of fruit traits of bird-dispersed plants in invasiveness and weed risk assessment. Diversity and Distributions 15, pp. 1037-1046

2008

French K, Ens E, Gosper CR, Lindsay E, Mason T, Owers B, Sullivan N (2008). Management implications of recent research into the effect of bitou bush invasion. Plant Protection Quarterly 23, pp. 24-28

Gosper CR, Gosper DG (2008). Foods of pigeons and doves in fragmented landscapes of subtropical eastern Australia. Australian Field Ornithology 25, pp. 76–86

2006

Buckley YM, Anderson S, Catterall CP, Corlett RT, Engel T, Gosper CR, Nathan R, Richardson DM, Setter M, Spiegel O, Vivian-Smith G, Voigt FA, Weir JES, Westcott DA (2006). Management of plant invasions mediated by frugivore interactions. Journal of Applied Ecology 43, pp. 848-857

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G (2006). Selecting replacements for invasive plants to support frugivores at highly modified sites: A case study focusing on Lantana camara. Ecological Management and Restoration 7, pp. 197-203

Gosper CR, Vivian-Smith G, & Hoad K. (2006). Reproductive ecology of invasive Ochna serrulata (Ochnaceae) in south-eastern Queensland. Australian Journal of Botany 54, pp. 43-52

Gosper CR, Whelan RJ, French K (2006). The effect of invasive plant management on the rate of removal of vertebrate-dispersed fruits. Plant Ecology 184, pp. 351-363

Vivian-Smith G, Gosper CR, Wilson A, Hoad K. (2006). Lantana camara and the fruit- and seed-damaging fly, Ophiomyia lantanae (Agromyzidae): Seed predator, recruitment promoter or dispersal disrupter? Biological Control 36, pp. 247-257

2005

Gosper CR, Stansbury CD, Vivian-Smith G (2005). Seed dispersal of fleshy-fruited invasive plants by birds: contributing factors and management options. Diversity and Distributions 11, pp. 549-558

2004

Gosper CR (2004). Fruit characteristics of invasive bitou bush, Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Asteraceae), and a comparison with co-occurring native plant species. Australian Journal of Botany 52, pp. 223-230

1999

Gosper CR (1999). Plant food resources of birds in coastal dune communities in New South Wales. Corella 23, pp. 53-62

1997

Gosper CR, Baker J (1997). Notes on the birds of Nadgee, particularly the Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus. Australian Bird Watcher 17, pp. 111-25