Professor David Keith and the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Team: Win the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
Professor David Keith, holding a joint position in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW, Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and his team are deserved winners of the 2015 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. ...
Managing fire regimes with thresholds to save threatened flora and fauna
Altered fire regimes and invasive animals are major threats to listed plant and animal species and ecological communities in fire-prone landscapes across Australia. ...
Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals: The Ecosystem Approach
This project aims to manage the reintroductions of arid adapted mammals which are listed as “extinct” in NSW into National Parks in western NSW. ...
Gearing Up
Aerial survey team prepares for 33rd annual Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey ...
Seen from above: the Brigalow Belt
Using data from satellites, Richard Lucas's team reveal patterns of forest regrowth in the Brigalow Belt ...

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Feather Map of Australia

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Australia’s wetlands operate on a boom and bust cycle, when they flood they can attract thousands of waterbirds, when they dry, the birds disappear, only to return with the next flood. The Feather Map of Australia project aims to work out where the birds come from and where they go after the flood.

The Feather Map of Australia aims to collect waterbird feathers from wetlands around Australia. These feathers will be analysed for stable isotopes and mineral elements that are incorporated into feathers through food.

Carbon flux in Aquatic food webs

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As the dominant building block of life carbon is incorporated by organisms as biomass across trophic levels of freshwater food webs. From origins at primary production through to predatory vertebrate biomass and being recycled by microbial food webs carbon accumulates at different trophic levels in the form of biomass. Moving through multiple pathways, carbon and it’s stable isotopes present an appropriate measure for determining origins of carbon and which processes (e.g.

Stable isotope analysis of waterbird diets

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This project looks at shifts in diets of Straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) during a large breeding event in the Lowbidgee Wetlands (2010-2011). Using a combination of techniques including analysis of the stable isotopes C and N we can look at dietary shifts during the breeding period and further understand the feeding habits of these colonially breeding waterbirds.

For more information contact Dr Kate Brandis email: Kate.Brandis@unsw.edu.au phone: +61 2 9385 2812

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