Nicholas Beeton

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Nick Beeton

Adjunct Researcher


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Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Palaeoecology (310306)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Host-parasite interactions (310407)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Biological mathematics (490102)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Geochronology (370502)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)
  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Animal physiological ecology (310907)
  • Microbial ecology (310703)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Plant biology (310899)
  • Wildlife and habitat management (410407)
  • Landscape ecology (410206)
  • Applied statistics (490501)

Research Objectives

  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences (280118)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)


Total publications


Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
2011Journal ArticleBeeton N, McCallum H, 'Models predict that culling is not a feasible strategy to prevent extinction of Tasmanian devils from facial tumour disease', Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, (6) pp. 1315-1323. ISSN 0021-8901 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02060.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 44

Co-authors: McCallum H


Journal Article

(20 outputs)
2020Jordan GJ, Carpenter RJ, Holland BR, Beeton NJ, Woodhams MD, et al., 'Links between environment and stomatal size through evolutionary time in Proteaceae', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, 287, (1919) Article 20192876. ISSN 0962-8452 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2876 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Carpenter RJ; Holland BR; Woodhams MD; Brodribb TJ


2019Beeton NJ, Carver S, Forbes LK, 'A model for the treatment of environmentally transmitted sarcoptic mange in bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus)', Journal of Theoretical Biology, 462 pp. 466-474. ISSN 0022-5193 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2018.11.033 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Carver S; Forbes LK


2018van Galen LG, Jordan GJ, Musk RA, Beeton NJ, Wardlaw TJ, et al., 'Quantifying floristic and structural forest maturity: an attribute-based method for wet eucalypt forests', Journal of Applied Ecology, 55, (4) pp. 1668-1681. ISSN 0021-8901 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13133 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: van Galen LG; Jordan GJ; Wardlaw TJ; Baker SC


2017Denholm L, Beeton NJ, Forbes LK, Carver S, 'A model for the dynamics of Ross River Virus in the Australian environment', Letters in Biomathmatics, 4, (1) pp. 187-206. ISSN 2373-7867 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/23737867.2017.1359697 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Forbes LK; Carver S


2017Hamede RK, Beeton NJ, Carver S, Jones ME, 'Untangling the model muddle: Empirical tumour growth in Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease', Scientific Reports, 7 Article 6217. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06166-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Hamede RK; Carver S; Jones ME


2017Worth JRP, Holland BR, Beeton NJ, Schonfeld B, Rossetto M, et al., 'Habitat type and dispersal mode underlie the capacity for plant migration across an intermittent seaway', Annuals of Botany, 120, (4) pp. 539-549. ISSN 0305-7364 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcx086 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Holland BR; Schonfeld B; Vaillancourt RE; Jordan GJ


2016Johnson CN, Alroy J, Beeton NJ, Bird MI, Brook BW, et al., 'What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul?', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283, (1824) pp. 1-8. ISSN 0962-8452 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2399 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Johnson CN; Brook BW


2016Rodriguez-Rey M, Herrando-Perez S, Brook BW, Saltre F, Alroy J, et al., 'A comprehensive database of quality-rated fossil ages for Sahul's Quaternary vertebrates', Scientific Data, 3 Article 160053. ISSN 2052-4463 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.53 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Brook BW; Johnson CN


2016Saltre F, Rodriguez-Rey M, Brook BW, Johnson CN, Turney CSM, et al., 'Climate change not to blame for late Quaternary megafauna extinctions in Australia', Nature Communications, 7 Article 10511. ISSN 2041-1723 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10511 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 91Web of Science - 94

Co-authors: Brook BW; Johnson CN


2015Beeton NJ, McMahon CR, Williamson GJ, Potts J, Bloomer J, et al., 'Using the Spatial Population Abundance Dynamics Engine for conservation management', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, (12) pp. 1407-1416. ISSN 2041-210X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12434 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: McMahon CR; Williamson GJ; Forbes LK; Johnson CN


2015Caldwell AJ, While GM, Beeton NJ, Wapstra E, 'Potential for thermal tolerance to mediate climate change effects on three members of a cool temperate lizard genus, Niveoscincus', Journal of Thermal Biology, 52 pp. 14-23. ISSN 0306-4565 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2015.05.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Caldwell AJ; While GM; Wapstra E


2015Rodriguez-Rey M, Herrando-Perez S, Gillespie R, Jacobs Z, Saltre F, et al., 'Criteria for assessing the quality of Middle Pleistocene to Holocene vertebrate fossil ages', Quaternary Geochronology, 30 pp. 69-79. ISSN 1871-1014 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2015.08.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Brook BW; Johnson CN


2015While GM, Williamson J, Prescott G, Horvathova T, Fresnillo B, et al., 'Adaptive responses to cool climate promotes persistence of a non-native lizard', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282, (1803) Article 20142638. ISSN 0962-8452 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2638 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 33

Co-authors: While GM; Halliwell B


2014Beeton N, 'Managing invasive plant species using spatially explicit population modelling', Australian Plant Conservation, 23, (2) pp. 7-9. ISSN 2202-5804 (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2014Gould SF, Beeton NJ, Harris RMB, Hutchinson MF, Lechner AM, et al., 'A tool for simulating and communicating uncertainty when modelling species distributions under future climates', Ecology and Evolution, 4, (24) pp. 4798-4811. ISSN 2045-7758 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1319 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31

Co-authors: Harris RMB; Lechner AM


2014Potts JM, Beeton NJ, Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ, Lefroy EC, et al., 'Predicting the future range and abundance of fallow deer in Tasmania, Australia', Wildlife Research, 41, (8) pp. 633-640. ISSN 1035-3712 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR13206 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Williamson GJ; Lefroy EC; Johnson CN


2013Harris R, Porfirio LL, Hugh S, Lee G, Bindoff NL, et al., 'To Be Or Not to Be? Variable selection can change the projected fate of a threatened species under future climate', Ecological Management and Restoration, 14, (3) pp. 230-234. ISSN 1442-7001 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12055 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31

Co-authors: Harris R; Lee G; Bindoff NL


2012Beeton NJ, Forbes LK, 'Dynamical systems analysis of a model describing Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease', The ANZIAM Journal, 54, (1-2) pp. 89-107. ISSN 1446-1811 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1446181113000011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Forbes LK


2011Beeton N, McCallum H, 'Models predict that culling is not a feasible strategy to prevent extinction of Tasmanian devils from facial tumour disease', Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, (6) pp. 1315-1323. ISSN 0021-8901 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02060.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 44

Co-authors: McCallum H


2009McCallum HI, Jones M, Hawkins CE, Hamede Ross RK, Lachish S, et al., 'Transmission dynamics of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease may lead to disease-induced extinction', Ecology, 90, (12) pp. 3379-3392. ISSN 0012-9658 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/08-1763.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 177Web of Science - 172

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones M; Hawkins CE; Hamede Ross RK; Lachish S; Sinn DL


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2014Wapstra E, Caldwell AJ, Beeton N, While GM, 'An integrated approach to understanding climate change on snow skinks', Australian Society of Herpetologists Annual meeting, 29 January - 01 February, Greenhills, ACT (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wapstra E; Caldwell AJ; While GM

2013Wapstra E, Caldwell AJ, Beeton N, While GM, 'Some snow skinks like it hot', 8th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society, 30 September - 03 October, Geelong, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wapstra E; Caldwell AJ; While GM

2013Wapstra E, Caldwell AJ, Cadby C, Beeton N, While GM, 'The potential role of phenotypic plasticity in buffering climate change in a viviparous lizard', 11th INTECOL Congress, 18-23 August, London, UK (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wapstra E; Caldwell AJ; Cadby C; While GM

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2012Beeton N, 'Editors' Announcement: Winner of the Southwood Prize 2011: Nicholas Beeton', Journal of Applied Ecology, United Kingdom, 55, 4, pp. 532-533. (2012) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Climatic variability and harvest impacts on the demography of the short-tailed shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris): A trans-hemisphere migrant (2015 - 2016)$12,200
The aim of this project is to investigate the intrinsic relationship of short-tailed shearwaters (STSW) vital rates and their interaction with the environment, and to quantify how environmental variability affects, individual fitness, population growth rates and population viability of the Furneaux Island group populations. Using a 67-year mark-recapture time series integrated with tracking data collected through this study, information will be incorporated with demographic and environmental parameters to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the health of the population and the individual performance of the STSW. Additionally we will estimate vital rates (survival and fecundity) for the Fisher Island population and relate these vital rates to environmental covariates and harvest rates to create a robust population and harvest model for STSW.
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($12,200)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McMahon CR; Hindell MA; Beeton N; Price CA
2015 - 2016
Improving understanding of Ross River virus transmission, impacts of current mosquito management and alternative vector control (2014)$17,607
This project will model Ross River virus in Western Australia to apply to improved management. It aims to integrate mechanistic modelling with mosquito-borne disease control management.
Department of Health Western Australia ($17,607)
Grant-Funding Initiative for Mosquito Management
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Carver SS; Beeton N; Forbes LK