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PhD project opportunity: Can ecosystems recover under a changing wildfire regimes?

We are now in an era of rapid global environmental change, which is coupled with increases in extreme disturbance events, such as wildfires. The age of mega-fires has begun, with unprecedented burn extents and fire severity already occurring in Europe, … Continue reading

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PhD project opportunity: developing an acoustic sensor network for post-megafire biodiversity recovery

Brief Project Summary:  We are now in an era of rapid global environmental change, which is coupled with increases in extreme disturbance events, such as wildfires. The age of mega-fires has begun, with unprecedented burn extents and fire severity already … Continue reading

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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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Ecosystem Dynamics lab: Honours Opportunities 2021

Here at the Ecosystem Dynamics lab we are offering the following Honours projects: Can machine learning be used to accurately identify wildlife in remote camera trap images in a rapidly changing world? Machine learning (ML) techniques provide a powerful method … Continue reading

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New paper: Simultaneously operating threats cannot predict extinction risk

Journal: Conservation Letters Abstract: Species afflicted by multiple threats are thought to face greater extinction risk. However, it is not known whether multiple threats operate antagonistically, additively, or synergistically, or whether they vary across different taxonomic and spatial scales. We … 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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New paper! Fire and rain are one: extreme rainfall events predict wildfire extent in an arid grassland

Published in: International Journal of Wildland Fire New paper led by Elise Verhoeven who did this research as part of an undergraduate internship at the University of Technology Sydney. Well done Elise on your first paper! Abstract: Assessing wildfire regimes … Continue reading

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