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

New research: weed threat management in the Pilbara

Funding for scientists to combat Pilbara weed As announced by the Western Australian Environment Minister, the Hon Albert Jacob, the Ecosystem Change Ecology team will lead an $8.6 million, 8 year funding program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of control options for stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida s.l.).  Representing a collaboration between CSIRO and the … Continue reading New research: weed threat management in the Pilbara

Research note: riparian threats in the Kimberley, a focus on the Fitzroy river catchment

Fieldwork along the Fitzroy river The contribution of riparian or riverine habitats to biodiversity conservation and the economy is disproportionate to the small area they occupy in the landscape. However, these unique habitats are facing numerous threats, including invasion by weeds. A new 3 year project funded by the Northern NESP Hub aims to generate … Continue reading Research note: riparian threats in the Kimberley, a focus on the Fitzroy river catchment