A few months ago I posted about my decision to leave UWA to pursue a different direction in my career. Next week that direction changes slightly again when I start a new job as Program Manager for The Blackwood Basin Group. I did mention wanting to get involved with this group previously, I just wasn’t expecting them to employ me at the time. Continue reading Signing off…
Just over 4 years ago we lost Paul Chachelle, an extremely talented student and a lovely person, in tragic circumstances. It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally had Paul’s work published in the journal Wildlife Research.
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…
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.
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