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From Birdsong Metrics to Ancient Arctic DNA: Selected Publications from the 1st Quarter, 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, researchers at The Environment Institute have published on a vast array of topics, from Ancient DNA in the Arctic, to birdsongs to recommendations for improvements to guidelines such as the Ecological Footprint in order to better inform policy makers. A selection of these publications is listed below. 1. Fifty […]

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The second industrial transformation of Australian landscapes.

Inarguably colonisation and industry have changed Australia‚Äôs environment since the first fleet set foot on NSW in the late 18th Century. This first industrial age was built on natural capital, driven by the need to populate and establish, with unprecedented changes to the natural environment. In some cases we have exceeded environmental and resource limits, […]

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New Paper – Leaf morphology shift: new data and analysis support climate link

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Greg Guerin and Andrew Lowe has recently been published in the Journal Biology Letters. The paper titled ‘Leaf morphology shift: new data and analysis support climate link’ is following on from a previous paper written by Dr Guerin, Haixia Wen and Professor Lowe (‘Leaf morphology shift in response […]

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New Paper: Does the behaviour of a reef shark change as the water temperature changes?

A new paper titled ‘Heat-seeking sharks: support for behavioural thermoregulation in reef sharks‘ investigates shark behaviour and movement patterns in relation to thermoregulation and water temperature. The paper suggests that reef shark movements are influenced by water temperature and provides support for behavioural thermoregulation theories. This data is important for predicting how sharks might be […]

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New Paper: Climate change and the cockatoo

A new paper titled ‘Managing the long-term persistence of a rare cockatoo under climate change‘ investigates using combined population and bioclimatic models to estimate the future effects of climate change on the viability of a cockatoo population. Their research revealed that unmitigated climate change is likely to be a substantial threat to the cockatoo. The […]

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New Paper: Using fish ear bones to investigate the importance of estuaries

A new paper titled ‘Temporal variability in estuarine fish otolith elemental fingerprints: Implications for connectivity assessments‘ investigates using the chemical composition of fish ear bones to provide important information for understanding the value of estuaries to coastal fishes. The paper involves Environment Institute members Bronwyn Gillanders and Travis Elsdon as well as Patrick Reis-Santos, Susanne […]

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New Paper: The diving patterns of the deep-diving southern elephant seal

A new paper titled ‘Depletion of deep marine food patches forces divers to give up early‘ investigates the behaviour of deep-diving sea animals in terms of their eating habits. The paper assesses the validity of the optimal foraging theory by investigating the dive behaviour of the world’s deepest-diving seal, the sourthern elephant seal Mirounga leonina. […]

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New Paper: Environmental management alternatives for rivers and wetlands

A new paper titled ‘A framework for using ant colony optimization to schedule environmental flow management alternatives for rivers, wetlands, and floodplains‘ investigates using ant colony data to assess environmental management alternatives for rivers, wetlands, and floodplains. The paper discusses the importance of these regions and the need for future management as many of these […]

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New Paper: The extinction of the Giant Moa was not caused by climate change

A new paper titled ‘The effect of climate and environmental change on the megafaunal moa of New Zealand in the absence of humans‘ investigates using ancient DNA to assess the effect of climate and environmental changes on the now extinct Giant Moa. The researchers discovered that climate and environmental changes did not have a signifcant […]

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New Paper: Using census data and history to assess evolution and population

A new paper titled ‘Strength of density feedback in census data increases from slow to fast life histories‘ investigates the idea that examining the life history of species through the collection of census data can provide an evolutionary signal. According to the research this data can provide valuable feedback regarding evolution and long-term population trends. […]

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