CIE Seminar Series 2018: Picking up the pieces – conservation challenges for Australia’s most threatened birds

SPEAKER: Dr Dejan Stojanovic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra

DATE: Friday, 3rd August 2018

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre.
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 (green room) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (fishbowl)

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ABSTRACT.Conservationists usually lack critical information about what actions need to be taken most urgently to protect threatened species, and where these actions should be implemented. This problem is worst for species that occur over large areas of potential habitat, have small populations, or are difficult to detect. Unfortunately, most critically endangered Australian birds have one or more of these traits, and despite substantial public concern for their plight, populations of these most ‘difficult birds’ continue to decline. The Difficult Bird Research Group at ANU takes a fresh look at species considered too challenging to effectively study or protect. I present case studies that use Australia’s most endangered bird species to illustrate how conservation paralysis and lack of knowledge can be overcome by using science creatively. Our research programs on orange-bellied parrots, regent honeyeaters and swift parrots demonstrate that by using innovative and adaptive approaches, it is possible to take ambitious conservation risks that can pay-off, even for difficult species.

BIO. I am a conservation scientist interested in the factors that affect small and declining populations, and am the lead post doc of the Difficult Bird Research Group. I undertook my PhD research on the breeding biology of the endangered swift parrot in their Tasmanian breeding range, and it was this research that led to the discovery of the severe predation on birds by sugar gliders. My research was the first to apply new technology and analytical tools to address a major gap in knowledge about one of Australia’s most threatened birds. I also work on orange-bellied parrots, and supervise students working on regent honeyeaters, forty-spotted pardalotes, masked owls and ground parrots. I specialise on species traditionally considered difficult to study and conserve, and I aim to identify new approaches to overcome barriers to effective conservation.

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