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 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

Research note: Banksia woodland fieldwork

The recent fieldwork season has been a busy one for PhD student Juliana Pille Arnold. From September to December 2015 she collected data on plant-pollinator interactions in degraded landscapes of the Swan Coastal Plain in Western Australia, a global biodiversity hotspot.  Collection of insects, plants and pollen samples was carried out in several fragments of Banksia … Continue reading Research note: Banksia woodland fieldwork

Recent graduations: Caroline Delaisse & Timm Dobert

Congratulations to Caroline Delaisse and Timm Dobert! As we close in on the end of 2015, two of the Ecosystem Change Ecology team students have successfully graduated from the University of Western Australia. Caroline Delaisse completed her BSc(Hons) entitled “Understanding processes influencing seed germination in Rubus anglocandicans to improve weed invasion management” with the School … Continue reading Recent graduations: Caroline Delaisse & Timm Dobert

New publication: translating plant cover scores into estimates of leaf area index and biomass

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