Research note: caudal autotomy in a large skink

Ontogenetic & evolutionary change in an anti-predation mechanism. James Barr, a PhD student working with Ruchira Somaweera and the Ecosystem Change Ecology team out of Curtin University and CSIRO Land & Water, is currently researching how anti-predation tactics change ontogenetically and evolutionary in the King’s skink (Egernia kingii). Caudal autotomy, or the ability to ‘drop’ … Continue reading Research note: caudal autotomy in a large skink

Job opportunity: join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team

Experimental Scientist position open Location:  Floreat, Perth, W.A. Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years with the possibility of extension Salary range:  $61K to $78k plus up to 15.4% superannuation More details & to apply:  https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Perth%2C-WA-Experimental-Scientist/465337800/ Applications close:  This position will remain open until filled. [Applications are now closed] Team website:  http://ecosystemchangeecology.org This position represents an exciting … Continue reading Job opportunity: join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team

New publication: logging of Borneo’s rainforests, the impacts on plant communities

How does logging affect the diversity of rainforest understorey plant communities in terms of functional traits and ancestral relatedness? Borneo’s tropical lowland rainforests continue to be logged for their timber and cleared for oil palm plantations at alarming rates. As a result, areas that can be considered truly untouched have nearly disappeared. Most of the … Continue reading New publication: logging of Borneo’s rainforests, the impacts on plant communities

New team members: Shilu Zheng & James Barr

Welcome to Shilu and James who will be undertaking their PhDs in the Ecosystem Change Ecology team. Shilu will be working on a collaboration between CSIRO, the University of Western Australia and Zhejiang University.  Her doctoral research will investigate the impact of habitat fragmentation on functional structure of subtropical plant communities in the Thousand Island … Continue reading New team members: Shilu Zheng & James Barr

New team members: Katie White & Dennis Byrne

Welcome to Katie and Dennis who will be doing their BSc(Hons) year with CSIRO and the University of Western Australia. Katie takes up a position working with us on her thesis entitled "Understanding climatic gradients as drivers in the growth rates, germination success and reproductive potential of Passiflora foetida."   In this project we will … Continue reading New team members: Katie White & Dennis Byrne