Welcome to the homepage of the Desert Ecology Research Group (DERG) based out of the University of Sydney.
A photo of DERG, as contributors to the distributed Nutrient Network (NutNet) is featured in yesterday’s The Conversation article “Gone is the solitary genius – science today is a group effort”.
This big trip in April 2013 was the ‘birth’ of our two NutNet sites and exclosures.
As we drove into the small Western-Queensland town of Bedourie on our way to the Simpson Desert at the start of November, we began to wonder if we would make it out to our study site at all. The cars on the main street were plastered with mud, and thick chunks of clay were sliding off the wheel wells onto the street. We’d encountered some rain on the drive already – some out around Nyngan and Bourke, and more as we crossed the Channel Country. It doesn’t take too much to make the dirt roads impassable out there, and it looked like there was some serious rain around. Continue reading