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 Tommaso Jucker, a new ECE team research scientist. Tommaso Jucker will join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team at CSIRO as a Research Scientist in March 2017. His research is broadly focused on understanding what determines the composition, structure and function of plant communities, in an effort to predict how these will respond to … Continue reading New team member: Tommaso Jucker
Timm returns to Borneo On a recent return to Sabah, Ecosystem Change Ecology team member Timm Döbert was fortunate to expand his portfolio of Bornean wildlife sightings. Ever since his PhD with the team based at the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project, Timm has been fascinated with capturing the magnificent wildlife in this … Continue reading Research note: wildlife encounters at the SAFE project on Borneo
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
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
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