There are a lot of species of wildlife in Australia that we know very little about. Generally we know a fair bit about the mammals, particularly those that live in the more temperate parts of the continent and so are close to where the majority of people live and work. Reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates we tend to know far less about because they are harder to study, and aren’t so charismatic, so it’s harder to get people excited about them. There are some exceptions to this though and a little while ago I was working with a team trying to catch and relocate one such species.
Continue reading How do you relocate animals you can’t catch?
A number of years ago now I completed a PhD on the impact of human disturbance on the ecology of tammar wallabies on Garden Island. One of the more interesting results as I saw it (although one of my markers strongly disagreed and thought it was trivial and should be removed from my thesis) was that the median birth date of the tammars that lived on the HMAS Stirling naval base was approximately 1 month later than those that lived in the bushland on the island. This might not seem to be a big deal, but you need to understand a bit about tammar reproduction to get why it matters. Continue reading Paper: Bright nights and changing reproduction in tammar wallabies
Things have been a bit quiet around here this year, so it must be time for a flurry of posts. While I haven’t been posting much (or anything) for a whole it’s still been a busy year for getting things written up and papers submitted. Continue reading Paper: Captive management of pygmy hippos
There’s a saying in ecology that given enough time all ecological research turns to poo (actually the saying involves stronger language that isn’t suitable for a G rated blog such as mine)! And yes, the saying is disturbingly accurate.
Continue reading Passing the hat around for Pygmy Hippos
A number of times in the last few months I’ve heard talk of quokkas come up in the media. First it was due to them being named the happiest animal on earth, although for the life of me I cannot find by who this was determined or what thoroughly rigorous methods they used.
Continue reading Quokkas: please stop saying they’re only found on Rottnest Island
Its now just over a month since a bushfire burnt through most of the Woodland Reserve at Whiteman Park and as I did promise an update and now have something to report here it is…
Continue reading Whiteman Park Bushfire Update: Looks like everyone’s been paying attention in fire drills.
My research into the factors affecting the use of underpasses by native fauna has finally been peer reviewed and revised and revised again and is now published. The paper, imaginatively titled, ‘Factors affecting the use of fauna underpasses by bandicoots and bobtail lizards’ was published online in the journal Animal Conservation today and you can get it here. Continue reading Paper: Factors affecting underpass use by bandicoots and bobtails