Qaecologists march west for ESA 2015





Next week a hearty contingent of Qaecologists will decamp to Adelaide, and the 2015 Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia. We’ll be presenting on a wide range of topics, including fire ecology, biodiversity modelling, species reintroductions, plant functional traits and even the use of sniffer dogs to root out invasive weeds! A full list of talks and posters from QAECO can be found below.

In addition, we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to Thursday morning’s plenary entitled ‘Diversity and Equality in Ecology’ to be presented by two highly distinguished and respected Australian ecologists: Professor Emma Johnston and Professor Mark Burgman. We are delighted that the Ecological Society of Australia will hold a plenary session on this important topic, and, over recent months, have been helping Emma and Mark unravel the current status of diversity and equity in Australian ecology and science more broadly. So make sure to get along; Mark and Emma will reveal how we are tracking, tackle reasons for past inertia and propose solutions to boost diversity and equity in Australia’s ecological community.


Emma Johnston and Mark Burgman, Diversity and Equality in Ecology, Thursday 3 December, 9:05 – 9:45 AM.


Monday, 30 November

Finley Roberts, Addressing uncertainty and tradeoffs in savanna fire management: a structured decision making approach, 11:15 – 11:30 AM. Ballroom A.

Kate Giljohann, On the use of biodiversity indices for managing fire regimes, 12:00 – 12:15 PM, Ballroom A.

Rosanna van Hespen, Monitoring changes in fox abundance with camera traps, 12:30 – 12:45 PM. Balcony Room 3-4.

Julian Brown, Challenges for plants and their pollinators in fire-prone landscapes, 12:45 – 1:00 PM. Suite 3.

Geoff Heard, Refugia and connectivity sustain amphibian metapopulations afflicted by disease, 4:15 – 4:30 PM, Suite 3.

Michael McCarthy, Optimizing ecological monitoring when incurring travel costs, 5:00 – 5:15 PM, Balcony Room 3-4.

Kate CranneyWhen neighbours become good controls: using control site monitoring to evaluate post-grazing shrub recovery, 5:15 – 5:30 PM,  Ballroom B.

Tuesday, 1 December

Kirsten ParrisThe NESP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub: coordinated research at the national scale, 11:00 – 11:15 AM, Ballroom B.

Reid Tingley, Halting cane toad spread in arid Australia: closing the knowing-doing gap, 1:45 – 2:00 PM, Ballroom A.

Chris Baker, Avoiding perverse outcomes from species introductions: ecosystem-wide modelling at Booderee National Park, 2:15 – 2:30 PM, Ballroom A.

Pia Lentini, The pivotal role of Australian cities for threatened species conservation, 2:30 – 2:45 PM, Ballroom B.

Casey Visintin, Wildlife-vehicle collisions: predicting where to mitigate with a conceptual modelling framework, 4:00 – 4:15 PM, Ballroom A.

Esti Palma, Functional trait changes in floras of 11 cities across the globe in response to urbanization, 4:15 – 4:30 PM, Ballroom C.

Wednesday, 2 December

Joslin Moore, Managing multiple threats – prioritising invasive plant management in the Australian Alps National Park, 11:15 – 11:30 AM, Balcony Room 1-2.

Tom Stephens, Rules of thumb for managing metapopulations, 3:00 3:15 PM, Balcony Room 1-2.

Michaela Plein, Interaction networks are more robust to community collapse when accounting for sampling bias, 2:15 – 2:30 PM, Balcony Room 1-2.

Thursday, 3 December

Jane Elith, Combining presence-only and presence-absence data for species distribution modeling, 10.15 – 10.30 AM, Balcony Room 1-2.

Hannah Fraser, Woodland birds: what are they and why should we care?, 10:15 – 10:30 AM, Balcony Room 3-4.

Jane Catford, Disentangling the multiple dimensions of invasiveness, 10:30 – 10:45 AM, Ballroom B.

Peter Vesk, Trait-environment relationships change with spatial scale, sampling strategy and growth form: Eucalypts in the Mallee, 10.45 – 11.00 AM, Balcony Room 1-2.

Gerry Ryan, Estimating metapopulation abundance from simple count data, 11:30 – 11:45 AM, Balcony Room 1-2.

Cindy Hauser, Testing a sniffer dog to detect invasive Hawkweeds, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom B.

 Posters (Tuesday 1 December, Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session)

Alina Pung, Trade-offs in fire management between people and avian biodiversity.

Freya ThomasReproductive maturity in plants and fire management, what can our data tell us? 

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