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Person details


Research interests
I use a combination of modelling and empirical data collection to investigate population and community dynamics in space and time, with a particular focus on human impacted systems. My current work targets two areas: 1) connectivity, migration and metapopulation dynamics, particularly in marine systems; and 2) direct and indirect mitigation of human impacts on marine systems.

Academic qualifications
2002 PhD University of California, Santa Cruz
1996 MSc University of California, Davis
1990 BS. (Honours), University of Kansas

Employment history
2005 – Senior Research Scientist CSIRO Marine Research, Australia
2002 – 2005 ARC Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia
2000 – 2002 Ecological Modeller, US Fish and Wildlife Service
1996 – 2002 Wildlife Biologist ,KEA Environmental, San Diego, CA
1997 – 2002 Ecological Modeller/Wildlife Biologist contracted to The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA
1994-1995 Postgraduate Researcher, California State Parks, Merced Co., CA
1992-1994 Postgraduate Researcher, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, CA
1991-1992 Wildlife Biologist, Western Ecological Services, Novato, CA
1990 Wildlife Biology Technician, Wildlife International, Moses Lake, WA
1988-1989 Research Assistant, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Professional distinctions
1986 Kansas Regents Fellowship
1993 Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship
1996 University of California Regents Fellowship
1999 University of California Regents Fellowship
2000 University of California Regents Fellowship
2002 ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship
2004 ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Invited participant in 6 international and 2 national working groups since 2004

8 Invited seminars since 2000

Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Ecology (impact factor 4.6)

Referee for Science, Ecology Letters, Ecological Applications, Journal of Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Theoretical Population Biology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Applications, Conservation Biology, American Midland Naturalist, and Israeli Journal of Ecology

Key publications
Refereed Journal Publications
Worthington Wilmer, J. and C. Wilcox. provisionally accepted. Fine scale patterns of migration and gene flow in the endangered mound spring snail, Fonscochlea accepta (Mollusca:Hydrobiidae) in arid Australia. Conservation Genetics

Joseph, L.N., S.A. Field, C.V. Wilcox, and H.P. Possingham. in press. Presence-absence versus abundance data for monitoring threatened species. Conservation Biology.

Wilcox, C., B. Cairns, and H.P. Possingham. in press The Role of Habitat Disturbance and Recovery in Metapopulation Persistence. Ecology.

Jonzen, N., C. Wilcox, and H.P. Possingham 2004. Habitat selection and population regulation in temporally fluctuating environments. American Naturalist 164:103-114.

Wilcox, C. and B. Elderd. 2003a. The endangered species act: conservation of species or natural systems? An analysis of endangered species listing proposals from California, Oregon, and Washington. Society and Natural Resources 6:551-559.

Wilcox, C. and B. Elderd. 2003b. The effect of density dependent catastrophes on population persistence time. Journal of Applied Ecology 40:859-871.

Wilcox, C. and C. Pomeroy. 2003. Do commercial fishermen aggregate around marine reserves? Evidence from Big Creek Reserve, Central California. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:241-250.

Giske, J., M. Mangel, P. Jokobsen, G. Huse, and C. Wilcox. 2003. An individual-based model of genetic adaptation in a density-dependent environment. Evolutionary Ecology Research.

Wilcox, C. 2002. Habitat size and isolation affect colonization of season wetlands by aquatic insects. Israel Journal of Ecology, special feature on seasonal wetland ecology 47:459-476.

Wilcox, C. and H. Possingham. 2002. Do life history traits affect the accuracy of diffusion approximations for mean time to extinction? Ecological Applications 12:1163-1179

Ellner, S.P., J. Fieberg, D. Ludwig, and C. Wilcox. 2002. Precision in population viability analysis. Conservation Biology 16:258-261.

Keitt, B.S. C. Wilcox, B.R. Tershy, D. Croll, C.J. Donlan. 2002. The effect of feral cats on the population viability of black-vented shearwaters (puffinus opisthomelas) on Natividad Island, Mexico. Animal Conservation 5:217-223.

Harding, E.K., E.E. Crone, B.D. Elderd, J.M. Hoekstra,, A.J. McKerrow, J.D. Perrine, J. Regetz,, L.J. Rissler, A.G. Stanley, E. L. Walters, and the NCEAS Habitat Conservation Plan Working Group. 2001. The Scientific Foundations of Habitat Conservation Plans: a Quantitative Assessment. Conservation Biology 15:488-500.

Milner-Gulland, E.J., K. Shea, H. Possingham, T. Coulson, C. Wilcox. 2001. Competing harvesting strategies in a simulated population under uncertainty. Animal Conservation 4:157-167.

Parma, A.M., P. Amarasekare, M. Mangel, J. Moore, W.W. Murdoch, E. Noonburg, M.A. Pascual, H.P. Possingham, K. Shea, C. Wilcox, and D. Yu. 1998. What can adaptive management do for our fish, forests, food, and biodiversity? Integrative Biology 1:16-26

Shea, K., P. Amarasekare, M.S. Mangel, J. Moore, W.W. Murdoch, E. Noonburg, A. Parma, M.A. Pascual, H.P. Possingham, C. Wilcox, D. Yu. 1998. Management of populations in conservation, harvesting, and control. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13:371-375.

Manuscripts in Review
Wilcox, C., S.A. Field, L.N. Joseph, A.J. Tyre, H.P. Possingham. in review. Implications of the abundance-occupancy relationship for population monitoring. Conservation Biology.

Kodric-Brown, A., C. Wilcox, J.G. Bragg, and J.H. Brown. in review Dynamics of fish in Australian desert springs: role of large-mammal disturbance. Ecology.

Wilcox, C. and C.J. Donlan. in review. Resolving economic inefficiencies: compensatory mitigation as a solution to fisheries bycatch-biodiversity conservation conflict. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B.

Baxter, P.W.J., J.L. Sabo, C. Wilcox, M.A. McCarthy, and H.P. Possingham. in review. How can we efficiently manage invasive predators? Journal of Applied Ecology.

Vuilleumier, S., C. Wilcox, B.J. Cairns, H.P. Possingham. in review. The effect of spatially and temporally aggregated habitat disturbance on metapopulations under different spatial configurations and connectivity. Theoretical Population Biology

Book Chapters, Reports and Other Publications
Wilcox, C. M. Bravington, and D. Peel. 2006. Application of Continuous Time Markov Chains to Modeling Animal Movement: Estimation of Movement Rates and Retention Times for Patagonian Toothfish. Paper submitted to the Fisheries Working Group, CCAMLR Annual Meeting.

Wilcox, C. 2006 Review of Trend Monitoring Methods as applied to Seabird Populations. Paper submitted to the Working Group on Status and Trends, Agreement on the Conservation of Albatross and Petrels Annual Meeting.

Wilcox, C. 2005. A Method for Inferring Movement Rates of Fish from Mark-Recapture Data. Paper submitted to the Fisheries Working Group, CCAMLR Annual Meeting.

Wilcox, C. and J. Hartog. 2005. A Preliminary Analysis of Effort Allocation Under Spatial Management in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. Report to Australian Fisheries Management Agency.ise swordfish CPUE on the Mooloolaba Grounds. Report to Australian Fisheries Management Agency.