Tag Archives: Environment

It’s make or break time for Australia’s national parks

This post was originally published on The Conversation and is authored by Euan Ritchie, William Laurance, Corey Bradshaw (re-blogged on his site), David Watson, Emma Johnston, Hugh Possingham, Ian Lunt and QAECO’s Mick McCarthy (re-blogged on his site too). It arose from a … Continue reading

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What could be wrong with transparent conservation decision-making?

By Michael Bode (This article first appeared in the Spring 2013 newsletter of the Resource Modelling Association. The newsletter and society journal – Natural Resource Modelling – contain some great articles on modelling that contains both biological and economic processes). There is a … Continue reading

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The detection of species and their abundance

What’s the relationship between a species’ abundance and an observer’s chance of spotting it? By Mick McCarthy (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Strange scenes were recently reported in … Continue reading

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Detecting species without species-specific guides: a new, trait-based model of detectability

By Georgia Garrard (This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of Decision Point, The Monthly Magazine of the Environmental Decisions Group) Imperfect detectability of plants and animals during ecological surveys is a major issue. Get it wrong and you run … Continue reading

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The best ecology and conservation papers of 2012

We asked everyone at QAECO to name their favourite ecology and conservation science paper of 2012. Here’s what they chose and why. Geoff Heard Hudgens, B.R. et al. (2012). How complex do models need to be to predict dispersal of threatened … Continue reading

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QAECOlogist Talks at #ESAus2012

We’re looking forward to ecologists descending on Melbourne for the 2012 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia. QAECO is sponsoring a student mixer on the Wednesday evening (I think it’s full in case you were hoping to get ticket), … Continue reading

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Role of protected areas in species’ range expansions

In this week’s QAECO Reading Group we talked about whether and how protected areas (PAs) may facilitate species’ range expansions – a topic that is becoming increasingly important as the global climate changes. In their recent PNAS paper, Thomas et … Continue reading

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Urban frogs and conservation challenges

An article in the Higher Education section of The Age today reports on a project to assist the conservation of frogs in Melbourne by breeding tadpoles in captivity and then releasing them at ponds around the city, in an effort … Continue reading

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How to link functional traits to species distribution models

Species distribution models turn up in on all sorts of papers these days, from those trying to explain speciation, to those predicting the outcome of climate change. The environmental variables used in such models are often assumed to relate to physiology somehow. But typically this … Continue reading

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Qaecologists in the blogosphere

This week Qaecologists took to the blogosphere in droves. Senior Qaecologist Mick McCarthy has been blogging regularly on a wide range of topics from interpreting variation in data to alpine cattle grazing. Geoff Heard gave us a sneak preview of … Continue reading

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