Do logging and exotic invasive plants affect tropical rainforests? Biological invasions present a major concern globally. Plant invaders often take advantage of anthropogenic habitat disturbance and the enormous global network of roads, both of which increasingly threaten the few remaining wilderness areas of the planet. Tropical forests, in particular, continue to be cleared for agriculture … Continue reading New publication: logging, exotic plant invasions and native plant reassembly in the lowland tropical rainforests of Borneo.
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
To core, or not to core, that is the question. A recent team manuscript led by Edward Tsen has been published this week in Biological Reviews. We are really pleased that one of the figures was also selected as the cover image: Read more by downloading the paper here. Tsen, E.W.J., Sitzia, T. & Webber, B.L. … Continue reading New publication: cover image with Biological Reviews
Are we are willing to risk the global loss of a species as a result of unintended dispersal of modified individuals back to their native range, to benefit from the control efficiencies that CRISPRCas9 gene drive technology could offer?
Braun-Blanquet cover scores as a proxy for detailed measurement of community structure. The selective harvest of trees and the cutting down of forests for human land uses continue to negatively impact the quality and extent of the world's tropical forests. More effective strategies for their conservation within increasingly human-modified landscapes require detailed information on understorey … Continue reading New publication: translating plant cover scores into estimates of leaf area index and biomass
How does drilling holes into the world’s most valuable trees impact on their health? “Ask the trees how they want to be educated, they will teach you about them more than books” - Wilhelm Leopold Pfeil (1866) Trees are natural sources of invaluable environmental information that is preserved in the growth and structure of their … Continue reading New publication: to core, or not to core, that is the question.
Livestock trampling and forest snail biodiversity Even low frequency trampling by livestock can reduce the density and biodiversity of forest snails, according to experimental evidence collected using a mechanical cow hoof. A team led by recent UWA Masters graduate Lisa Denmead devised and constructed the pneumatic cow’s hoof, using it to simulate different trampling frequencies … Continue reading New publication: mechanical hoof tests effect of livestock on native snail populations