CIE Seminar Series 2015 – Competition, Coexistence and Conservation: Perspectives from Two Varanid Lizards

Tim J.SPEAKER: Dr Tim Jessop, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 9th October 2015
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room KE1.207 (new CADET building)
TIME: 12:00 noon
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood LT11 (B1.20); and Warrnambool Campus, Room C1.13

ABSTRACT: Tim will present on two topics that focus on research, monitoring and conservation of two large varanid lizards.

First, he will discuss results from landscape scale studies that examined the effects of fox-baiting on phenotypic and demographic responses of the native lace monitor. Here he will discuss these results in the context of competition and coexistence between introduced and native predators.

Second, despite the Komodo dragon’s iconic status, it faces contrasting conservation challenges across protected areas.

Tim will discuss these challenges and the conservation strategies being implemented to improve persistence of Komodo dragons on Flores.

BIO: Dr Tim Jessop is an integrative ecologist who studies the effects of environmental and anthropogenic disturbances on animal physiology and ecology.

His primary research goal is to understand how disturbance processes act on the fitness of individuals to shape their population dynamics.

Some recent research examples include:

  • Cavallo, C., Dempster, T., Kearney, M. R., Kelly, E., Booth, D., Hadden, K. M., Jessop, T. S. (2015), Predicting climate warming effects on green turtle hatchling viability and dispersal performance. Functional Ecology, 29: 768–778. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12389.
  • Purwandana, D., Ariefiandy, A., Imansyah, M. J., Ciofi, C., Forsyth, D. M., Gormley, A. M., Rudiharto, H., Seno, A., Fordham, D. A., Gillespie, G. and Jessop, T. S. (2015), Evaluating environmental, demographic and genetic effects on population-level survival in an island endemic. Ecography. doi: 10.1111/ecog.01300
  • Letnic, M., Webb, J. K., Jessop, T. S., Dempster, T. (2015), Restricting access to invasion hubs enables sustained control of an invasive vertebrate. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52: 341–347. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12390.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Tim Jessop.

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