Processing on the dune. Photo: Kristina Koenig
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
Please feel free to spread the good word far and wide amongst your networks.
Foundations for the Future. Photo: Glenda Wardle
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.
We have a lot of lab members presenting at the Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference this year. A showcase of research! Below are the abstracts. More information on the conference can be found here.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
The crew, February 2014. Photo: David Nelson
This is the call out for VERY limited volunteer spots for our second RatCatcher field trip(s) of April 2014.
The first convoy will head into the red playground that is the Simpson Desert on 10 April – led by Prof Chris “Head RatCatcher” Dickman and DERG PhD candidates Eveline “Dutchie” Rijksen and Stephanie “Got your Cat” Yip.
Volunteer positions are closed for this first departure.
The second cavalry charge will be headed by Prof Glenda “Head RatCatcher” Wardle with a thundering convoy of three desert field vehicles departing 23 April – 14 May. Limited volunteer openings.
DERG Senior Research Assistant Aaron “Little G” Greenville and DERG Research Assistants David “Give me Wood” Nelson and Tony “Pollinator” Popic.
RatCatcher crews will THEN be joined in the field by our joint researchers from LTERN.
The word ‘MASSIVE’ doesn’t do this April field schedule justice.
Dust off your swags, polish your boots, wipe down your Akubras. Get on the blower and spread the good word for me amongst your respective ecological networks.
Expressions of Interest back to me ASAP please: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fight the good fight with the RatCatchers,
Dune. Photo: David Nelson
Community input is being sought for the Australian Ecosystem Science Plan. In Sydney, a community meeting will be held on Friday 14th March, 2014. For more details see the news item on the University of Sydney page.
Drought and flooding rain: an Australian story, talk by Glenda Wardle
The Terrestrial Ecology Research Network (TERN) recently held the Science of Extreme Events Public Briefing in Canberra. The talks are available online, including Glenda Wardle’s talk “Drought and flooding rain: an Australian story”.
Creating shelter from predators will form part of this Discovery Project. Perentie, Varanus giganteus. Photo: David Nelson
The Australian Research Council (ARC) recently announced funding for Discovery Projects starting in 2014. Among the recipients is Professor Chris Dickman of the Desert Ecology Research Group, awarded a grant of $980 000 over three years.
The project is entitled “Weathering the perfect storm: mitigating the post-fire impacts of invasive predators on small desert vertebrates”:
Wildfires and subsequent incursions by feral cats and foxes are driving declines of many native mammals and lizards in central Australia. This project will describe the role of small stands of trees in providing refuge for these species, and test novel methods of protecting them from predators following wildfire.
See the University of Sydney’s story here