#14DSBS: Qaeco goes deep

Headed to the 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium in Aveiro, Portugal next week? Yes?  You lucky scoundrel!

Look out for Qaecologist and deep-sea enthusiast Skip Woolley’s talk “Energy export drives unique global patterns of deep-sea biodiversity”:

Monday the 31st of August at 16:30

Not in Portugal this August? Keep an eye on Skip’s twitter account instead for Qaeco-flavoured #14DSBS tweets instead!

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Changing patterns in plant invastions—Qaecologists unlock the power of the 21st century herbarium

Patterson’s curse (Echium plantagineum) collected at Deniliquin, Australia, in 1897, by an unknown collecter and possible bushranger. Courtesy ALA

Herbaria are more relevant than ever.

Led by Aaron Dodd, Qaecologists and friends used 3 million specimen in the ‘virtual’ herbarium at the Atlas of Living Australia to study a 4 billion dollar national problem: invasive plants. You won’t believe what they found! [Actually, yes, you will, because the results are supported by good science, and we’ll tell you them now—ed]

The invasive plants entering Australia are becoming more diverse and are arriving from all corners of the globe.

Read more about it over at that wonderful resource the Atlas of Living Australia’s blog, or  if you’re super keen: here’s the paper.

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Eureka for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems!

RedListWinnersLast night, David Keith and team won the 2015 NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, recognising their work on The Red List of Ecosystems. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems establishes a standard method to assess the conservation status of ecosystems, supporting other risk assessment processes such as the Red List of Species. Up on stage to accept the award were three Qaecologists: Emily Nicolson (now at Deakin University), Tracey Regan, and Lucie Bland, while other members of QAECO and a large team of colleagues have also been involved in this research.

You can read about the Red List of Ecosystems via some of the open access papers:

Keith, D. A., Rodríguez, J. P., Rodríguez-Clark, K. M., Nicholson, E., Aapala, K., Alonso, A., et al. (2013) Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62111. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062111

Keith, D. A., Rodríguez, J. P., Brooks, T. M., Burgman, M. A., Barrow, E. G., Bland, L., Comer, P. J., Franklin, J., Link, J., McCarthy, M. A., Miller, R. M., Murray, N. J., Nel, J., Nicholson, E., Oliveira-Miranda, M. A., Regan, T. J., Rodríguez-Clark, K. M., Rouget, M. and Spalding, M. D. (2015) The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: Motivations, Challenges, and Applications. Conservation Letters, 8: 214–226. doi: 10.1111/conl.12167

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Victorian National Parks Association interviews Libby Rumpf

As part of the National Science Week 2015, the Victorian National Parks Association is celebrating Victorian scientists who are dedicated in understanding natural environments and finding solutions to conservation problems. Our very own Libby Rumpf is highlighted in an article by Tim Reynolds which can be found here.

If you are interested in Libby’s work you can find more information on her website.

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Conferences part 2 – ESA America in Baltimore

Other lab members decided against migrating to a conference in a flock: here are two going to the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore from the 9th – 13th of August. You can check out their work.

Hannah Pearson
Are they really declining? The effect of inconsistent definitions on bird trends.
14:50 Wednesday, 12th August; COS 84-5, room 323

Jane Catford
Disentangling the multiple dimensions of invasiveness
14:30 Tuesday, 11th August; COS 51-4, room 338

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Qaecologists presenting at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France

Another winter, another migration of Qaecologists and friends to warmer climates. This year most of us chose Montpellier for their overwintering grounds. From the 2nd – 6th of August, we and about 2000 other attendees will gather for the 27th International Conference for Conservation, which jointly meets with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB-ECCB). Here are some details on the talks and posters that QAEco and CEBRA members are presenting:

Talks

Monday, 3 August

Natalie Briscoe
Developing physiology-driven population dynamics models to asses climate change impacts on koalas, evaluate koala conservation actions and prioritize the protection of population refuges
11:30 Sully 3

Natasha Cadenhead
Addressing sources of uncertainty in conservation decision-making under future fire regimes
11:50 Sully 2

Darren Southwell
Cost and feasibility of a barrier zone to contain the spread of cane toads in north-western Australia
14:15 Joffre A/B

Alejandra Morán-Ordóñez
Large biodiversity conservation gains arise by being strategic about broad-scale agricultural development in northern Australia
14:45 Barthez

Lucy Rose
Cost-effective conservation of an endangered frog under uncertainty
16:00 Sully 2

Tuesday, 4 August

Prue Addison
Setting conservation management thresholds using a novel participatory modelling approach
9:00 Sully 1

Freya Thomas
Predicting growth trajectories with functional traits for multiple plant species in fire-prone communities
9:45 Sully 2

Michael Bode
Optimal multispecies eradication schedules for a common invaded island ecosystem motif
10:30-12:00 Rondelet (talks in this symposium are not in 15 minute slots)

Christopher Baker
Avoiding perverse outcomes from species introductions: ecosystem-wide medellong at Booderee National Park
10:30-12:00 Rondelet (talks in this symposium are not in 15 minute slots)

Stefano Canessa
Stochastic dominance to make decisions about translocations with risky outcomes
13:45 Room Joffre A/B

Katherine Giljohann
Novel pressures and the population dynamics of a pivotal grass species in the Mediterranean ecosystem of southern Australia
16:05 Barthez

Wednesday, 5 August

Heini Kujala
Towards a more strategic approach to offsetting biodiversity losses: the role of spatial prioritization concepts and tools
9:00 Sully 1

Lucie Bland
Developing ecosystem viability analysis to inform the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
11:00 Sully 3

Pia Lentini
Spatial prioritisation for multi-action connectivity conservation spending
14:30 Joffre C/D

Thursday, 6 August

José Lahoz-Monfort
Is my species distribution model fit for purpose? Matching data and models to applications
15:30 Sully 3

Geoff Heard
Refugia and connectivity sustain amphibian metapopulations afflicted by disease’
15:45 Barthez 2

Posters
Monday, 3 August 17:15 – 18:30

Lucie Bland
Known unknowns: Global patterns of conservation data deficiency
(Board No. 5)

Luke Kelly
Island biogeography of birds: testing core assumptions of MacArthur and Wilson 50 years on
(Board No. 7)

Libby Rumpf
Decision tools from evidence synthesis: supporting woodland eucalypt restoration
(Board No. 93)

Sana Bau
Evidence and value judgements in conservation science
(Board No. 104)

Tuesday, 4 August 17:00 – 18:30

Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita
Shall surveys for occupancy estimation continue after the first detection?
(Board No. 116)

Reid Tingley
Sensitivity and cost-efficiency of environmental DNA sampling for detecting an aquatic invader (Lissotriton v. vulgaris) in Melbourne, Australia
(Board No. 127)

Michaela Plein
No species is an island: move interacting species together
(Board No. 156)

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Lecturer in Ecological Modelling

Come and join us!We’re looking for an outstanding academic to join the School of BioSciences within QAECO. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in modelling the distributions of species or biodiversity, or more generally in spatial modelling. The closing date for applications is 25 August.

Information about the position and how to apply is available at: http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/886115/lecturer-in-ecological-modelling

Please consider applying. Also, please spread the word by drawing this opportunity to the attention of potential applicants. The successful candidate would most likely work closely with Dr Jane Elith, Dr Michael Kearney, and other members of the School including those in our group (Professor Michael McCarthy, Dr Brendan Wintle, Dr Peter Vesk, Dr Kirsten Parris).

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