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The following publications feature information on koala biology, ecology and conservation planning.

  • Adams-Hosking, C., Grantham, H.S., Rhodes, J.R., McAlpine, C. and Moss, P.T. (2011). Modelling climate-change-induced shifts in the distribution of the koala. Wildlife Research 38, 122-130.
  • Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC). (1998). National Koala Conservation Strategy. Canberra: Environment Australia.
  • Biolink Ecological Consultants. (2007).¬†Conserving Koalas in the Coomera-Pimpama Koala Habitat Area.
  • Callaghan, J., McAlpine, C., Mitchell, D., Thompson, J., Bowen, M., Rhodes, R., de Jong, C., Domalewski, R. and Scott, A. (2011). Ranking and mapping koala habitat quality for conservation planning on the basis of indirect evidence of tree-species use: a case study of Noosa Shire, south-eastern Queensland. Wildlife Research 38, 89-102.
  • Cork, S. J. and Sanson, G. D. (1990). Digestion and nutrition in the koala: a review. Pages 129-144 in A. K. Lee, K. A. Handasyde and G. D. Sanson, editors. Biology of the koala. Sydney: Surrey Beatty & sons.
  • Cork, S. J. and Foley, W. J. (1991). Digestive and metabolic strategies of arboreal mammalian folivores in relation to chemical defences in temperate and tropical forests. Pages 133-16 in R. T. Palo and C. T. Robbins, editors. Plant defences against mammalian herbivory. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
  • Cork, S. J., Hume, I. D. and Foley, W. J. (2000). Improving habitat models and their utility in koala conservation. Conservation Biology 14, 660-668.
  • Dique, D.S., de Villiers, D.L. & Preece, H.J. (2003). Evaluation of line-transect sampling for estimating koala abundance in the Pine Rivers Shire, south-east Queensland. Wildlife Research, 30, 127-133.
  • Dique, D.S., Thompson, J., Preece, H.J., de Villiers, D.L. & Carrick, F.N. (2003). Dispersal patterns in a regional koala population in south-east Queensland. Wildlife Research, 30, 281-290.
  • Ellis W.A., Carrick F., Lundgren P., Veary A. and Cohen B. (1999). The use of faecal cuticle examination to determine the dietary composition of Koalas. Australian Zoologist 31, 127-133.
  • Ellis, W. A. H., Melzer, A., Carrick, F. N. and Hasegawa, M. (2002). Tree use, diet and home range of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) at Blair Athol, central Queensland. Wildlife Research 29, 303-311.
  • Gordon, G., McGreevy, D.G. & Lawrie, B.C. (1990). Koala populations in Queensland: major limiting factors. Biology of the Koala (eds A.K. Lee, K.A. Handasyde & G.D. Sanson), pp. 85-95. Chipping Norton, Australia: Surrey Beatty & Sons.
  • Hasegawa, M. (1995). Habitat utilisation by koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) at Point Halloran, Queensland. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Hindell, M. A. and Lee, A. K. (1987). Habitat use and tree preferences of koalas in a mixed eucalypt forest. Australian Wildlife Research 14, 349-360.
  • Januchowski, S. R., McAlpine, C., Callaghan, J.G., Griffin, C.B., Bowen, M., Mitchell, D., and Lunney, D. (2008). Identifying multi-scale habitat factors influencing koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) occurrence and management in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Ecological Management and Restoration 9(2), 134-142.
  • Knott, T., Lunney, D., Coburn, D. and Callaghan, J. (1998). An Ecological History of Koala Habitat in Port Stephens Shire and the lower Hunter on the Central Coast of New South Wales, 1801-1998. Pacific Conservation Biology 4, 354-68.
  • Lawler, I.R. (1998). Variation in marsupial folivory between and within Eucalyptus species: the role and actions of plant secondary metabolites. Ph.D. Thesis, Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Lunney, D., Phillips, S., Callaghan, J. and Coburn, D. (1998). Determining the distribution of koala habitat across a shire as a basis for conservation: a case study from Port Stephens, New South Wales. Pacific Conservation Biology 4, 186-196.
  • Lunney, D., Matthews, A., Moon, C. and Ferrier, S. (2000). Incorporating habitat mapping into practical koala conservation on private lands. Conservation Biology 14, 669-680.
  • Lunney, D., Gresser, S., O'Neil, L.E., Matthews, A. & Rhodes, J.R. (2007). The impact of fire and dogs on koalas at Port Stephens, New South Wales, using population viability analysis. Pacific Conservation Biology, 13, 198-201.
  • Martin, R. and Handasyde, K., (1999). The Koala: Natural History, Conservation and Management (2nd ed.). Australian Natural History Series. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
  • Matthews, A., Lunney, D., Gresser, S. & Maitz, W. (2007). Tree use by koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) after fire in remnant coastal forest. Wildlife Research, 34, 84-93.
  • McAlpine, C.A., Callaghan, J.G., Lunney, D., Bowen, M.E., Rhodes, J.R., Mitchell, D.L., and Possingham, H.P. (2005). Conserving south-east Queensland koalas: how much habitat is enough? Pages 11-17 (part II) in G. L. Siepen and D. Jones, editors. Proceedings of the 2005 south east Queensland biodiversity conference. University of Queensland, Gatton Campus.
  • McAlpine, C.A., Rhodes, J.R., Callaghan, J.G., Bowen, M.E., Lunney, D., Mitchell, D.L., Pullar, D.V. and Possingham, H.P. (2006a). The importance of forest area and configuration relative to local habitat factors for conserving forest mammals: A case study of koalas in Queensland, Australia. Biological Conservation 132, 153-165.
  • McAlpine, C.A., Bowen, M.E., Callaghan, J.G., Lunney, D., Rhodes, J.R., Mitchell, D.L., Pullar, P.V. and Possingham, H.P. (2006b). Testing alternative models for the conservation of koalas in fragmented rural-urban landscapes. Austral Ecology 31, 529-544.
  • McAlpine, C.A., Rhodes, J.R., Peterson, A., Possingham, H.P., Callaghan, J., Curran, T., Mitchell, D., and Lunney, D. (2007). Planning Guidelines for Koala Conservation and Recovery-a guide to best planning practice. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Koala Foundation and the University of Queensland. Retrieved from
  • McAlpine, C.A., Rhodes, J.R., Bowen, M., Lunney, D., Callaghan, J., Mitchell, D., and Possingham, H.P. (2008). Can multiscale models of species' distribution be generalised from region to region? A case study of the koala. Journal of Applied Ecology 45(2), 558-567.
  • Melzer, A. (1995). Aspects of the ecology of the koala, Phascolarctos cinereus (Goldfuss, 1817), in the sub-humid woodlands of central Queensland. Ph.D. thesis, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane.
  • Melzer, A., Carrick, F., Menkhorst, P., Lunney, D. & John, B.S. (2000). Overview, critical assessment, and conservation implications of koala distribution and abundance. Conservation Biology, 14, 619-628.
  • Mitchell, P. & Martin, R. (1990). The structure and dynamics of koala populations - French Island in perspective. Biology of the Koala (eds A.K. Lee, K.A. Handasyde & G.D. Sanson), pp. 97-108. Chipping Norton, Australia: Surrey Beatty & Sons.
  • Moore, B. D., Wallis, I. R., Marsh, K. J. and Foley, W. J. (2004). The role of nutrition in the conservation of marsupial folivores of eucalypt forests. Conservation of Australia's forest fauna. (2nd ed). Ed. D. Lunney, pp. 540-575. Mosman, New South Wales: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, .
  • Moore, B. D. and Foley, W. J. (2005). Tree use by koalas in a chemically complex landscape. Nature 435, 488-490.
  • Phillips, S. and Callaghan, J. (2011). The Spot Assessment Technique: a tool for determining localised levels of habitat use by Koalas Phascolarctos cinereus. Australian Zoologist 35(3), 774-780.
  • Phillips, S., Callaghan, J. and Thompson, V. (2000). The tree species preferences of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) inhabiting forest and woodland communities on Quaternary deposits in the Port Stephens area, New South Wales. Wildlife Research 27, 1-10.
  • Phillips, S. and Callaghan, J. (2000). Tree species preferences of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in the Campbelltown area south-west of Sydney, New South Wales. Wildlife Research 27, 509-516.
  • Phillips, S.S. (2000). Population trends and the koala conservation debate. Conservation Biology, 14, 650-659.
  • Prevett, P., Pope, R., Callaghan, J. and Bailey, L. (2001). The koala habitat atlas: preliminary results for koala tree species preferences in the city of Ballarat Local Government Area, Victoria. P 122-126 in The Research and Management of Non-urban Koala Populations (K. Lions, A. Melzer, F. Carrick & D. Lamb eds). Rockhampton: Koala Research Centre of Central Queensland.
  • Ramsay, S. (1999). The ecology and dispersal patterns of juvenile koalas, Phascolarctos cinereus, in fragmented habitat. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • Rhodes, J. R., Beyer, H. L., Preece, H.J. and McAlpine, C.A. (2015). South East Queensland Koala Population Modelling Study.¬†Brisbane, Australia: UniQuest.
  • Rhodes, J.R., Fei Ng, C., de Villiers, D.L., Preece, H.J., McAlpine, C.A. and Possingham, H.P. (2011). Using integrated population modelling to quantify the implications of multiple threatening processes for a rapidly declining population. Biological Conservation 144, 1081-1088.
  • Rhodes, J.R., McAlpine, C.A., Lunney, D. and Possingham, P. (2005a). A spatially explicit habitat selection model incorporating home range behaviour. Ecology 86, 1199-1205.
  • Rhodes, J.R., McAlpine, C.A., Lunney, D., Callaghan, J. (2005b). Evaluating natural resource management strategies under parameter uncertainty: an outranking approach applied to koala conservation. In Zerger, A and Argent, R.M. (Eds.). MODSIM 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Rhodes, J.R., Wiegand, T., McAlpine, C.A., Callaghan, J., Lunney, D., Bowen, M. and Possingham, P. (2006). Modelling species distributions for improving conservation in semi-urban landscapes: a koala case study. Conservation Biology 20, 449-459.
  • Rhodes, J.R., Callaghan, J., McAlpine, C., de Jong, C., Bowen, M., Mitchell, D., Lunney, D., and Possingham, H.P. (2008a). Regional variation in habitat-occupancy thresholds: a warning for conservation planning. Journal of Applied Ecology 45(2), 549-557.
  • Rhodes, J.R., McAlpine, C.A., Peterson, A., Callaghan, J.G., Lunney, D., Possingham, H.P., Mitchell, D.L., and Curren, T. (2008b). Linking landscape ecology to planning for koala conservation. Australian Planner 45(2), 25.
  • Seabrook, L. M., McAlpine, C. A., Phinn, S. R., Callaghan, J. and Mitchell, D. (2003). Landscape legacies: Koala habitat change in Noosa Shire, South-east Queensland. Australian Zoologist 32, 446-461.
  • Smith, A.P. 2004. Koala conservation and habitat requirements in a timber production forest in north-east New South Wales. In Conservation of Australia's Forest Fauna (2nd ed.), pp. 591-611. Mosman, New South Wales: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
  • Sullivan, B. J., Norris, W. M. and Baxter, G. S. (2003). Low density koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) populations in the mulgalands of south-west Queensland. II. Distribution and diet. Wildlife Research 30, 331-338.
  • Tarlinton, R., Meers, J., Hanger, J. and Young, P. (2005). Real-time reverse transcriptase PCR for the endogenous koala retrovirus reveals an association between plasma viral load and neoplastic disease in koalas. Journal of General Virology 86, 783-787.

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