Tag Archives: Desert

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: 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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New paper: Assessing the potential for intraguild predation among taxonomically disparate micro-carnivores

Authors: Tamara I. Potter, Aaron C. Greenville & Chris R. Dickman. Great work by Tamara and her first paper from her Honours work! Published in: Royal Society Open Science Abstract: Interspecific competition may occur when resources are limited, and is … Continue reading

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Book review: The Biology of Deserts

David Ward, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016. xv + 370 pp. First published in Austral Ecology. Contrary to the popular perception that deserts are wastelands, they house some of the most diverse communities of flora and fauna of … Continue reading

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New paper: Desert mammal populations are limited by introduced predators rather than future climate change

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Glenda M. Wardle & Chris R. Dickman Published in: Royal Society Open Science Abstract: Climate change is predicted to place up to one in six species at risk of extinction in coming decades, but extinction probability … Continue reading

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New paper: 75 years of dryland science

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Chris R. Dickman and Glenda M. Wardle Published in: Plos One Abstract: Growth in the publication of scientific articles is occurring at an exponential rate, prompting a growing need to synthesise information in a timely manner … Continue reading

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New paper: Spatial and temporal synchrony in reptile population dynamics in variable environments

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Glenda M. Wardle, Vuong Nguyen and Chris R. Dickman. Published in: Oecologia Abstract: Resources are seldom distributed equally across space, but many species exhibit spatially synchronous population dynamics. Such synchrony suggests the operation of large-scale external … Continue reading

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New paper! Population dynamics of desert mammals: similarities and contrasts within a multi-species assemblage

Authors: Aaron C. Greenville, Glenda M. Wardle, Vuong Nguyen and Chris R. Dickman. Published in: Ecosphere Abstract: Understanding the temporal and spatial dynamics of species populations remains a key focus of population biology, providing vital insight into the drivers that … Continue reading

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New paper: Long-term patterns of invertebrate abundance and relationships to environmental predictors factors in arid Australia

Authors: Alan B.C. Kwok, Glenda M. Wardle, Aaron C. Greenville, Chris R. Dickman. Published in: Austral Ecology This paper represents the first published study from the Desert Ecology Research Group on the invertebrates that occur in our study region in … Continue reading

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