Tag Archives: Australia

Ecosystem Dynamics lab: Honours Opportunities 2022

Here at the Ecosystem Dynamics lab we are offering the following Honours projects: DigiFarm: incorporating biodiversity into farming decisions (with the Sydney Institute of Agriculture) We aim to develop a digitally enabled network which will monitor native flora and fauna … Continue reading

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ABC Catalyst: The Wildlife Revolution

Last month our some of our research was featured on ABC Catalyst! The episode was about using emerging technology to highlight the importance of wildlife and being used to conserve it. Our project DigiFarm that is using technology to survey … Continue reading

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New paper! Class Conflict: Diffuse Competition between Mammalian and Reptilian Predators

Journal: Diversity Abstract: (1) Diffuse competition affects per capita rates of population increase among species that exploit similar resources, and thus can be an important structuring force in ecological communities. Diffuse competition has traditionally been studied within taxonomically similar groups, … Continue reading

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New paper: Impact of 2019–2020 mega-fires on Australian fauna habitat

Journal: Nature Ecology & Evolution Abstract: Australia’s 2019–2020 mega-fires were exacerbated by drought, anthropogenic climate change and existing land-use management. Here, using a combination of remotely sensed data and species distribution models, we found these fires burnt ~97,000 km2 of … Continue reading

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New paper: Ecological forecasts to inform near‐term management of threats to biodiversity

Published in: Global Change Biology Abstract: Ecosystems are being altered by rapid and interacting changes in natural processes and anthropogenic threats to biodiversity. Uncertainty in historical, current and future  effectiveness of actions hampers decisions about how to mitigate changes to … Continue reading

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Six million hectares of threatened species habitat up in smoke

New analysis led by Michelle Ward. Michelle Ward, The University of Queensland; Aaron Greenville, University of Sydney; April Reside, The University of Queensland; Ayesha Tulloch, University of Sydney; Brooke Williams, The University of Queensland; Emily Massingham, The University of Queensland; … Continue reading

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New paper! Persistence through tough times: fixed and shifting refuges in threatened species conservation

Published in: Biodiversity and Conservation Abstract: It may be possible to avert threatened species declines by protecting refuges that promote species persistence during times of stress. To do this, we need to know where refuges are located, and when and … Continue reading

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New paper: Taxonomic status of the Australian dingo: the case for Canis dingo Meyer, 1793

Published in: Zootaxa Abstract: The taxonomic status and systematic nomenclature of the Australian dingo remain contentious, resulting in decades of inconsistent applications in the scientific literature and in policy. Prompted by a recent publication calling for dingoes to be considered … Continue reading

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New paper: Dynamics, habitat use and extinction risk of a carnivorous desert marsupial

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Robert Brandle, Peter Canty and Chris R. Dickman Published in: Journal of Zoology. Abstract: Animals in hot desert environments often show marked fluctuations in population size, persisting in low numbers in refuge habitats during dry periods … Continue reading

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New paper! Understanding selective predation: are energy and nutrients important?

Authors: Tamara I. Potter, Hayley J. Stannard, Aaron C. Greenville and Chris R. Dickman. Published in: Plos One. Abstract: For generalist predators, a mixed diet can be advantageous as it allows individuals to exploit a potentially broad range of profitable … Continue reading

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