Seminars 2013

Seminars (2013)

Date Speaker Title of Talk University/Organisation Host/s WP room Wrnbl room Bwood room
15/2/2013 Prof Johanna Mappes Evolution and maintenance of variation in antipredatory defences University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) John Endler ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
22/2/2013 Prof Scott McWilliams The fat of the matter (fatty acid nutrition and affects on performance) University of Rhode Island, Kingston Marcel Klaassen ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
1/3/2013  NO SEMINAR
8/3/2013  NO SEMINAR
15/3/2013 Dr Vincent Careau Energy expenditure, Life-history, and Behaviour: variation among species, breeds, and individuals Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University Pete Biro ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
22/3/2013 John Lesku A Bird’s Eye View of Sleep. LaTrobe University Kate Buchanan ka4.207 B3.03 L1.05
5/4/2013 Prof Rose-Marie Muzika Controversies and considerations of fire in eastern North America University of Missouri, USA Andrew Bennett ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
12/4/2013 Beata Ujvari Isolation breeds naivety: island living robs Australian varanid lizards of toad-toxin immunity via four-base-pair mutation. The University of Sydney Christa Beckmann ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
19/4/2013 Brian Fry Tuna Talk: Feeding Ecology and Fish Movement in the Equatorial Pacific Griffith University Ty Matthews ka4.207 B3.03; T3.05
26/4/2013 Dr Nick Murphy Conserving evolutionary relics: invertebrate diversity in desert springs La Trobe University Craig Sherman ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
3/5/2013     NO SEMINAR – CIE STAFF MEETING #1   ka4.207 B3.03 L1.05
10/5/2013 Prof Simon Griffith Conflict and cooperation in social monogamy Macquarie University, Sydney Kate Buchanan/ATD Bennett ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
17/5/2013 Prof Katherine Belov Can we save the Tasmanian devil from extinction? The University of Sydney Lee-Anne Rollins ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
24/5/2013 Winthrop Prof Gary Kendrick UWA Marine Ecology Group’s recent focus The University of Western Australia Alecia Bellgrove ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
31/5/2013 Chris Austin Ecogenomics: What can the latest revolution in DNA sequencing do for ecologists? Monash University Paul Jones ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
14/6/2013 Phil Taylor Stealth and subterfuge in the predatory strategies of spider-hunting assassin bugs Macquarie University, Sydney Matt Symonds ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
21/6/2013 Michael Bode Larval dispersal in reef fishes: from ecology to economics University of Melbourne Dale Nimmo ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
28/6/2013 Janet Gardner Body size and climate change: insights from Australian birds Monash University Matt Symonds ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
5/7/2013 Prof Anna Lindholm Selfish genes in house mice University of Zurich, Switzerland Lee Ann Rollins ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
12/7/2013  NO SEMINAR
19/7/2013      NO SEMINAR
26/7/2013  NO SEMINAR
2/8/2013 Prof Rod Connolly Fish can swim: the critical role of connectivity in ecosystem resilience Griffith University, QLD Andy TD Bennett ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
9/8/2013  NO SEMINAR
16/8/2013  NO SEMINAR
23/8/2013 NO SEMINAR
30/8/2013     NO SEMINAR – CIE STAFF MEETING #2   ka4.207 J2.19 T3.05
6/9/2013 Dr Euan Ritchie Nature red in tooth and claw: An update on my predator research Deakin University Euan Ritchie ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
13/9/2013 Dr Michelle Hall Personalities’ in superb fairy-wrens: Do they have them, and what difference does it make? University of Melbourne John Endler ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
20/9/2013 Ben Phillips James Cook University, QLD Euan Ritchie ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
27/9/2013 Dr Peter Macredie Human and climate impacts on seagrass ecosystems’ Universityof Technology, Sydney Craig Sherman ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
4/10/2013  NO SEMINAR
11/10/2013 Dr Leonie Valentine Ecosystem services of Australias’ digging marsupials University of Western Australia Euan Ritchie ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
18/10/2013 Damien Fordham University of Adelaide Euan Ritchie ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
1/11/2013 Clare Holleley Sex in Dragons: Do lizards with temperature dependent sex-determination also have cryptic sex chromosomes? University of Canberra Lee-Anne Rollins ka4.207 B3.03 L1.05
8/11/2013 Dr Brett Murphy Using carbon to pay for fire management and biodiversity conservation in northern Australia’s savannas’ Melbourne University Dale Nimmo ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
15/11/2013 NO SEMINAR
22/11/2013 Prof Richard Hobbs Effective ecosystem interventions: puzzles and possibilities The University of Western Australia Euan Ritchie ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
29/11/2013 Sam Banks “How does wildfire affect the genetic diversity and demography of mammal populations?” The Australian National University Euan Ritchie ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
6/12/2013     NO SEMINAR – FINAL CIE STAFF MEETING #3   ka4.207 J2.19 T3.05
13/12/2013 NO SEMINAR

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CIE Spotlight: The global impacts of domestic dogs on threatened vertebrates

Tim D., Thomas N. and Euan R.

Authors: Tim S. Doherty, Chris R. Dickman, Alistair S. Glen, Thomas M. Newsome, Dale G. Nimmo, Euan G. Ritchie, Abi T. Vanak, Aaron J. Wirsing

Source: Biological Conservation, Volume 210, Part A, Pages 56–59, June 2017

Brief summary of the paper: Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) have a near-global distribution. They range from being feral and free-ranging to owned and completely dependent on humans. All types of domestic dogs can interact with wildlife and have severe negative impacts on biodiversity.

Here, we use IUCN Red List data to quantify the number of threatened species negatively impacted by dogs, assess the prevalence of different types of dog impact, and identify regional hotspots containing high numbers of impacted species. Using this information, we highlight key research and management gaps and priorities.

Domestic dogs have contributed to 11 vertebrate extinctions and are a known or potential threat to at least 188 threatened species worldwide. These estimates are greater than those reported by previous assessments, but are probably conservative due to biases in the species, regions and types of impacts studied and/or reported. Predation is the most frequently reported impact, followed by disturbance, disease transmission, competition, and hybridisation. Regions with the most species impacted are: South-east Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Asia (excluding SE), Micro/Mela/Polynesia, and Australia.

We propose that the impacts of domestic dogs can be better understood and managed through: taxonomic and spatial prioritisation of research and management; examining potential synergisms between dogs and other threatening processes; strategic engagement with animal welfare and human health campaigns; community engagement and education; and mitigating anthropogenic effects such as resource subsidies.

Such actions are essential for threatened species persistence, especially given that human and dog populations are expected to increase both numerically and geographically in the coming decades.

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