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
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
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
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
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
Karen Bell will join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team in October 2016 as a joint position between CSIRO and the University of Western Australia, where she will be a Lecturer in Plant Ecology in the School of Plant Biology.