The time has come to move on…

Way back at the early days of this century (March 2001 to be more exact) I turned up at UWA for my first undergraduate lecture.  It was actually my second year at uni as I had already completed the first year of a Biomedical Science degree, before changing universities and degrees to one in Animal Science.  At the time I was expecting to be here at UWA for 3 more years to complete my degree and then  I would head off into the big wide world to have some sort of a career.  As with most things in life the plan changed, more than once, and now nearly 15 years later its finally time to leave. Continue reading The time has come to move on…

How do you relocate animals you can’t catch?

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 from UWA, Murdoch University and The Department of Parks and Wildlife trying to catch and relocate one such species.
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Paper: Bright nights and changing reproduction in tammar wallabies

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

Quokkas: please stop saying they’re only found on Rottnest Island

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.
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Whiteman Park Bushfire Update: Looks like everyone’s been paying attention in fire drills.

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…
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