2014 June Trip Report

Everyone's favourite grass, spinifex (<i>Triodia basedowii</I>). Photo: David Nelson

Everyone’s favourite grass, spinifex (Triodia basedowii). Photo: David Nelson

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Winter trips to the Simpson Desert are generally pretty pleasant. The clear, cold nights are perfect for star-gazing or sitting around the camp fire with a mug of mulled wine or hot milo, and the days are a good temperature for working. On this trip, work setting up the infrastructure of a new experimental project was in full swing, so on top of trapping and helping out with Steph’s PhD project we had a busy time. Continue reading

2014 April Trip Report (Part 2)

<I>Sminthopsis hirtipes</I>, Hairy-footed Dunnart. Photo: David Nelson

Sminthopsis hirtipes, Hairy-footed Dunnart. Photo: David Nelson

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Driving through western Queensland on the way to the Simpson, it was clear that the late summer rain we’d experienced on the February trip had been patchy throughout the region, with some areas looking green and lush, and others still firmly in the grip of the dry period. One surprise was learning of the flow in the Mulligan River on Ethabuka, apparently occurring only a matter of days after we departed the property. This timing was a stroke of luck, as with both the Mulligan and the Georgina rivers flowing, we wouldn’t have been able to get out of the desert for some time. Learning from the crew of trip 1 about Pulchera waterhole being full, we resolved to visit this beautiful spot. Continue reading

2014 April Trip Report (Part 1)

Pulchera water hole. Photo: Stephanie Yip

Pulchera water hole. Photo: Stephanie Yip

After a merry chase around Sydney to pick up our new radio receiver the first crew of the April 2014 trip headed out in wet conditions. The rain only lasted for a day and soon enough we were driving under the familiar sunny blue skies. Most areas seemed to have enjoyed at least enough showers to keep the kangaroos from the roads. Arriving at Ethabuka we didn’t see much greening, however the flies apparently had found enough water to breed some extra offspring. On the way in we checked Pulchera water hole which turned out to have filled up into lake-like proportions and was teeming with birds. Continue reading

Simpson trip volunteering September 2-23

Long-nosed dragon, Amphibolurus longirostris. Photo: David Nelson

Long-nosed dragon, Amphibolurus longirostris. Photo: David Nelson

The DERG RatCatchers are gearing up for our next field trip to the red playground that is the Simpson Desert in Central Australia.

‘Tis spring in the air.

Big trip, 2 field crews, 2 desert vehicles, limited volunteer spots. Check out out Facebook page

Shoot your expressions of interest to Chin-Liang, and please feel free to spread the good word far and wide for the RatCatchers.

Simpson trip volunteering 19 June – 10 July

Flock Bronzewings

Flock Bronzewings in the Channel Country

The RatCatchers are gearing up for their first winter trip of 2014 to the Simpson Desert. Dates are June 19- 10 July inclusive. Limited volunteer spots in two vehicles.

Do spread the good word for me amongst your networks.

Expressions of interest to cl.beh@usyd.edu.au

A new way to get your research funded

NutNet. Photo: Rob Salguero-Gomez

NutNet. Photo: Rob Salguero-Gomez

Research Bites – the University of Sydney Researcher Talks Series – is a monthly forum hosted by the University’s Research Development team in which researchers get to talk about their research work These talks are interesting as well as informative to an audience drawn from the University’s staff and students as well as the general public.  They are bit like a mini version of the ABC Catalyst program and TED Talks.

Glenda Wardle is speaking at the 17/04/2014 session at 1:00 in the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium on A new way to get your research funded.

Glenda will describe an approach used in the Nutrient Network (NutNet, http://www.nutnet.umn.edu), a globally distributed experimental network that arose from a grassroots, cooperative research effort.

It would be really great if you could come along and hear my talk.

For more information, see the Research Bites webpage: RESEARCH BITES – The Sydney Researcher Talks Series