Dr Mark Lethbridge has research interests in manned and unmanned aerial surveys of mammals using trained human observers and/or thermal imagery. Mark has over 24 years of experience in undertaking aerail surveys and has trained over 20 government and non-government staff. Unmanned thermal camera missions are best flown at night, hence the use of Military-style UAVs with redundant systems. Mark has also developed a number of autodetection algorithms.
Mark has also focussed heavily in his research on animal movement behaviour with a lifetime of work on wallaby, camel and goat movement. Of late his work has focussed on the development of algorthims using in adverse conditioning satellite collars that adapt to individiual behaviours and work with, rather than fight the animal in terms of moving it into or away from an area. This work is in collaboration with Dr Ben Allen, Univesrity of Southern QLD.
Restoration ecology and decision support tools have dominated Mark's research work in the past. Together with Dr Micheal Westphal, Mark developed OPRAH, a landscape restoration prioritization algorithm used in NRM.
Pest species and over-abundant species management (e.g. kanagroo commercial harvest) and pest impact work currently dominates Mark's research.
With native species over the last 10 years he has also developed a spatially-explicit individual-based Population Viability Model (PVA) that also models pedigree structures to determine in-breeding depression at landscape scale. Here Mark is well-known for his work on Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.
Mark works with and resides on the advisory panel of AERF, a conservation and research NGO in India.
2016 LEF $2,327. Mogurnda clivicola. for A. Roush. 2016 DEWNR $5,500. Mogurnda clivicola. for A. Roush. 2014 DEWNR $5,500. Trichosurus vulpecula. for T. Menadue. 2013 NVC $19,332. Lasiorhinus latifrons. for J.Strauss. 2008 DEH ~$60,000 Vegetation requirements P.x.xanthopus. 2008 Department for Environment and Conservation ~$80,000. Camel movement. 2007 Australian Federal Government, ~$60,000. Camel movement. 2004 AMLR NRM$10,000. Habitat modelling/OPRAH. 2004 AMLR NRM $16,000. Habitat Modelling plant species. 2003 NVC, $18,700. Habitat modelling Scott Creek. 2003 DEH $160,000. P.x.xanthopus. 2002 Comm Bank/CVA $21,000. P.x.xanthopus mark-recapture. 2002 AMLR NRM $17,500. Habitat Modelling. S. Field. 2002 AMLR NRM $7,235. A study of the White-naped Honeyeater. S.Field. M.Harper. 2000 WCF $7,500. P.x.xanthopus. With P.Copley & P.Alexander. 1999 DEH $2,500. P.l.lateralis. 1999 WCF $4,000. P.x.xanthopus.
Hons, Masters and PhD students, past and present
Director of Studies of the Bachelor of Applied GIS
Board Member, Landscape Partnerships Incorporated (LPI)
Fellow of the Governor's Leadership Foundation
Member, The Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Pattern Recognition Letters
Other grey Literature (not in the list of papers)
Lethbridge, M.R., van Wijk E., Harper M., Best, J., (2006), Modelling of Bird and Plant Distributional Data in the Mount Lofty Ranges (MLR) for Conservation Planning, Report to the Department for Environment & Heritage.
Lethbridge M.R. and Best, J., (2004), Predictive modelling the distribution of selected plant species in the Scott Creek area of the Mount Lofty Ranges, Report to the Native Vegetation Council of South Australia.
Lethbridge M.R., (2004), The Survey of the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby in the Gawler Ranges and Recommendations for further Monitoring, Report to the Department for Environment & Heritage.
Lethbridge M.R. and Best, J., (2004), An Investigation of Predicting the Distribution of Selected Plant Species in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Report to the Conservation Council of South Australia.
Lethbridge, M.R., (2002), A Presence-absence Survey of the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus) in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Report to the Department for Environment and Heritage S.A.
Lethbridge M.R., Possingham H.P. and Tyre A.J., (2001), A Spatially Explicit Population Viability Model using GIS, Proceedings of the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra.
Lethbridge M.R., (1999), A survey of the Black-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis) in the Davenport Ranges, South Australia, Report to the Department for Environment & Heritage, S.A.
Builth H. and Lethbridge, M.R. (1999), Understanding the relationship of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal people of western Victoria and the specific landform using GIS, Proceedings of the OZRI GIS Conference, Adelaide.
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