How do species respond to environmental change, behaviourally, physiologically and evolutionarily?
- Evolutionary responses to environmental change
- Behavioral, developmental and physiological adaptations
- Movement ecology in unpredictable or modified landscapes
- Biodiversity drivers and constraints: natural and sexual selection
- Native and threatened species ecology and behaviour
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Anaïs Pessato | Dr Andrew Bean | Ange Pestell | Anna Miltiadous | Anthony Rendall | Dr Antoine Dujon | Batbayar Galtbalt | A/Prof Beata Ujvari | Dr Christa Beckmann | Darcy Watchorn | Prof Don Driscoll | Dr Eric Treml | A/Prof Euan Ritchie | Eve Udino | Prof Graeme Hays | Jinzhu WANG | Alfred Deakin Prof John Endler | Dr Kaori Yokochi | Prof Kate Buchanan | Dr Kay Critchell | Kristian Bell | Lorenzo Galletta | Alfred Deakin Prof Marcel Klaassen | Dr Mary Young | Dr Mathew Berg | A/Prof Matthew Symonds | Dr Mylene Mariette | Nynke Raven | A/Prof Peter Biro | Dr Raoul Ribot | Roberto M. Venegas | Dr Rohan Brooker | Dr Sanja Van Huet | Sara Balouch | Sara Ryding | Simone Stevenson | Thomas Burns | Prof Thomas Madsen | Dr Tim Doherty | Dr Tim Jessop | Tobias Ross | Yakupjan (Yakup) Niyazi |
My research aim to investigate how much thermoregulation capacity in the heat varies amongst individuals and how much developmental plasticity may contribute to this variation. I addressed this question using
captive and free-living zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), an arid adapted species.
Our favourable biosecurity status can only be maintained through new knowledge and tools to protect against and reduce the impact of diseases, pests and weeds.
Using camera traps, I am investigating the presence of predators, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians in two similar vegetation types in the mallee of NW Victoria, with a particular focus on time since fire, to assist land
managers with fire management planning.
I study avian maternal effects, particularly maternal corticosterone (the principal avian stress hormone) and its effect on reproductive outcomes including offspring epigenetics.
Reintroduction and assisted colonisation ecology; threatened species ecology and inter-specific interactions.
Obtain insight on the evolution of cancer in terrestrial and marine species and the implications for their conservation.
My research mainly focuses on understanding the migratory behaviour of long-distance migrant birds in relation to environmental condition and climate change. Currently, I use the movement tracking data of cranes and
shorebirds in association with environmental datasets in order to reveal how they cope with different atmospheric and on-ground conditions.
Being an evolutionary ecologist, my research focuses on the interactions between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment and how the combination of these parameters affects organismal fitness. My research links
evolution and ecology to molecular genetics to explore the significance of genetic and epigenetic organismal responses to both macro- and micro environmental challenges.
I am a field-based ecologist with broad research interests centred on the theme of how animals respond to changes in their environment. I use an integrative approach to understand costs and benefits of attributes of animals in
hypothesis-driven research, combining observations with experiments and comparative studies.
I look at how native small mammal species respond to environmental change, such as fire, how they move through modified landscapes.
Wildlife movement is key theme of my research. Movement influences how reptiles, frogs and invertebrates use fragmented farming landscapes, how chytrid fungus is spread to susceptible frog hosts, and
how reptiles and other groups respond to fire.
Our broad research interests are in marine ecology and conservation, specifically in understanding the causes and consequences of population connectivity, implications for biodiversity and assisting in local-to-global conservation
Mammal Ecology and Conservation; Movement Ecology; Predator-Prey Interactions; Urban Ecology.
My current research investigates how developmental plasticity shapes individuals’ coping mechanisms, especially to high temperatures, in the zebra finch, an Australian arid-zone bird. I am interested in the response
occurring during heat-stress at the behavioural, hormonal and cellular levels.
I am interested in predicting the direction of evolution given known environmental parameters, changing climate and habitats makes this more practical than ever.
I have studied how roads impact the survival, movement and genetics of threatened native fauna. I’m also studying the impacts of artificial lighting on native microbats.
I am interested in how animal signalling systems evolve within the context of local environmental conditions. In particular I have focused on the evolution of signalling and communication behaviour in birds. Having conducted my
PhD work on the evolution of bird song, my interests currently lie in testing the transgenerational impacts of early life conditions on song learning and cognition. For this I have developed experimental manipulations of condition and am testing the impact on physiological systems, behaviour and fitness. In conjunction with Dr Mylene Mariette I have developed an interest in prenatal acoustic sensitivity in birds and the relevance for vocal learning. Throughout my work I use a range of condition indices, including immune parameters and endocrine measures to assess individual and maternal effects.
I use biophysical modelling to understand the movement distributions of organisms and pollutants in the marine environment, now and into the future.
Exploring the drivers of a foundation species in modified landscapes.
My work focus on the incubation behaviour of an arid adapted bird (Zebra Finch), to unravel its future changes in relation to climate change and how those will affect the eggs and embryo development.
I have developed broad ecological research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa. Throughout this, my focus has primarily been on
increasing our understanding of bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecological issues.
Environmental drivers of biodiversity.
Avian sensory ecology including coloration, olfaction and acoustic signalling (calls and song). Behavioural ecology, stress ecophysiology, and avian breeding biology.
I am interested in the evolution of diversity, and what has generated difference in behaviour, morphology and physiology between closely related species. I use comparative cross-species approaches to study this, with
particular focus on the effects of climate on morphology and the evolution of communication (particularly chemical and visual).
I study avian acoustic communication, including between parents and embryos, as a heat-adaptation strategy, in the arid-adapted zebra finch, and other species. I study the developmental, physiological, genetic and
behavioural impact of that communication system. I also work on parental care, social network, and sexual selection.
Tasmanian devil immune profiles can alter due to local environmental variables, parasites and other internal factors. My research investigates how these factors and subsequent changing immunity, affects transmissible
cancer infection and progression.
My research is currently exploring linkages between animal physiology, behaviour, life-history, and natural and human-caused selection in fish and other organisms. In particular, I want to know what promotes the existence
(& maintenance) of consistent individual differences in behavior, often termed ‘personality’ or ‘temperament’, and what this means for predator-prey interactions, and for practical issues such as sampling bias and the effects of human harvesting of animal populations.
My work is mainly focused around the theme ‘understanding nature’, e.g. evolutionary responses and adaptations of species (mostly birds) to environmental change, movement ecology of waterbirds in
unpredictable landscapes and the ecology and behaviour of native Australian birds.
Ocean landscapes and climate change effects on species distribution.
I am a behavioural ecologist who works with tropical and temperate marine species. I am interested in predator-prey interactions, interspecies mutualisms, habitat specialisation, and recruitment, and how these processes
are affected by anthropogenic disturbance.
Changes in environment and species over the Quaternary Period.
The major focus of my research involves understanding the consequences of different agricultural practices on habitat quality and the response of reptiles towards these habitat changes. We are investigating the patterns of
reptile distribution in different habitat conditions and land management practices to assess the response of reptiles towards habitat degradation.
Our research looks at how birds are changing morphologically in response to climatic warming. Birds partly thermoregulate with their beaks and legs, and some evidence suggests the size and shape of beaks and legs
are becoming larger to better handle higher temperatures. We aim to explore where and why these patterns exist.
My PhD project focuses on measuring and understanding change to biodiversity on large scales (national to global) using biodiversity indicators.
My research focusses on the behavioural, population and community level effects of environmental change on animals. This includes studies of fire ecology, predators, invasive species and movement ecology. Study species
mainly include mammals and reptiles.
Much of my research studies the effects of environmental, ecological and anthropogenic disturbances on animal physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.
I am studying the effects of increasing levels of pollution on migratory shorebirds to determine how these pollutant levels change over time and how they vary between species of the East Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF).
Geological processes underwent on the seafloor, will lead the environmental and ecological changes, which ultimately can impact the biodiversity of the ocean.