Research note: caudal autotomy in a large skink

Ontogenetic & evolutionary change in an anti-predation mechanism. James Barr, a PhD student working with Ruchira Somaweera and the Ecosystem Change Ecology team out of Curtin University and CSIRO Land & Water, is currently researching how anti-predation tactics change ontogenetically and evolutionary in the King’s skink (Egernia kingii). Caudal autotomy, or the ability to ‘drop’ … Continue reading Research note: caudal autotomy in a large skink

Job opportunity: join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team

Experimental Scientist position open Location:  Floreat, Perth, W.A. Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years with the possibility of extension Salary range:  $61K to $78k plus up to 15.4% superannuation More details & to apply:  https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Perth%2C-WA-Experimental-Scientist/465337800/ Applications close:  This position will remain open until filled. [Applications are now closed] Team website:  http://ecosystemchangeecology.org This position represents an exciting … Continue reading Job opportunity: join the Ecosystem Change Ecology team

Team award: John Scott wins 2016 CAWS medal

John Scott wins the Council of the Australasian Weeds Societies (CAWS) medal for leadership. John Scott, an Honorary Fellow in the Ecosystem Change Ecology team, was awarded the 2016 Council of the Australasian Weeds Societies (CAWS) Medal for Leadership last night. The CAWS Medal for Leadership is awarded for outstanding contributions to weed management in … Continue reading Team award: John Scott wins 2016 CAWS medal

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