DERG members have participated in organising a symposium and workshops at #ESA16! Details are:
Surviving the dry: how diversity is maintained in the arid zone
30th November and 1st December 2016 Continue reading
Things are about to kick off for 2015 with a hot February trip (already filled), followed by four more trips.
Tentative dates are as follows:
Mark your calendars! Expressions of interest for volunteer positions to Chin Liang
By Jenna Bytheway
Let’s talk about poo. That disgusting warm brown smelly mess that you want to get as far away from as possible. But what if I told you that the scats (poos) of animals that eat insects contain a world of secrets in the shape of decapitated heads and legs. Pull one apart under the microscope and it reveals the devastation of a mass murder. Continue reading
Check out Aaron Greenville’s blog post “Of mice and dogs” discussing a recent paper by Aaron, Glenda Wardle, Bobby Tamayo and Chris Dickman. The paper describes how dingoes can suppress ‘mesopredators’ (cats and foxes) in the desert system – but that in the good times following rain, this interaction breaks down.
Stephanie Yip, Maree-Asta Rich and Chris Dickman have published a paper examining the diet of feral cats in relation to the population cycles of their prey – particularly that of the Long-haired rat, Rattus villosissimus.
Al Glen and Chris Dickman have edited this new book on the ecology and evolution of carnivores in Australia. With chapters by the leading researchers in their fields, the book covers topics concerning the reptiles, birds and mammals, native and introduced, of the Australian continent. For more information see CSIRO publishing.
The dates for our final RatCatcher field trip of 2014 to the red playground that is the Simpson Desert have been finalised – We hit the red centre 20 Nov – 6 December for a hot desert summer ecological adventure.
We have limited volunteers spots available. The good crew that will be steering the two DERG desert ships will be Prof Chris ‘Interpretive Emu Dancer’ Dickman, doctoral student Eveline ‘Flying Dutchwoman’ Rijksen and research assistant David ‘Give me Wood and Top40’ Nelson.
Expressions of Interest back to Chin Liang Beh ASAP please – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Congratulations to Glenda Wardle for being awarded the Ecological Society of Australia Members’ Service Prize. The award is for her services to the Ecological Society of Australia over six years as Vice President for Research and for her work that led to the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan.