|Applied Marine Ecology|
|Aquatic Species Ecology|
|Food Webs and Invertebrates Community Dynamics|
|Invasive Species (Wetlands)|
|Platypus Conservation Initiative|
|River Red Gum Dynamics and Management|
|Wetland Ecology and Stable Isotopes|
|Invasive Species (Terrestrial)|
|Spatial Analyses and GIS|
|Vegetation Survey and Mapping|
My research is focused on understanding the underlying processes shaping biodiversity at multiple spatial and temporal scales. I am passionate about the application of ecological research and developing a robust scientific basis for conservation. Over the years, I have been intensively involved in ecological research including both monitoring and developing complex ecological models.
As part of an ARC research project, the Platypus Conservation Initiative, I'm investigating platypus population dynamics, movements, health, and genetics to assess the impacts of river regulation on the species. I'm using collated information to develop a national risk assessment for the platypus and identify best conservation practices to safeguard the platypus from a human-driven extinction.
I'm also researching freshwater ecosystems to promote better conservation practiceis through the use of ecological models including establishing quantitative environmental objectives, identifying thresholds of probable concern, and wetland prioritisation for waterbirds across the Murray Darling Basin.
I am always looking for new and exciting collaborations! so please contact me.
Refereed journal articles
Scholarly book chapters
|Bino et al.||2015||Life history and dynamics of a platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) population: four decades of mark-recapture surveys||
Knowledge of the life-history and population dynamics of Australia’s iconic and evolutionarily distinct platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) remains poor. We marked-recaptured 812 unique platypuses (total 1,622 captures), over four decades (1973–2014) in the Shoalhaven River, Australia. Strong sex-age differences were observed in life-history, including morphology and longevity. Apparent survival of adult females (Φ = 0.76) were higher than adult males (Φ = 0.57), as in juveniles: females Φ = 0.27, males Φ = 0.13. Females were highly likely to remain in the same pool (adult: P = 0.85, juvenile: P = 0.88), while residency rates were lower for males (adult: P = 0.74, juvenile: P = 0.46). We combined survival, movement and life-histories to develop population viability models and test the impact of a range of life-history parameters. While using estimated apparent survival produced unviable populations (mean population growth rate r = −0.23, extinction within 20 years), considering residency rates to adjust survival estimates, indicated more stable populations (r = 0.004, p = 0.04 of 100-year extinction). Further sensitivity analyses highlighted adult female survival and overall success of dispersal as most affecting viability. Findings provide robust life-history and viability estimates for a difficult study species. These could support developing large-scale population dynamics models required to underpin a much needed national risk assessment for the platypus, already declining in parts of its current distribution.
|Catelotti et al.||2015||Inundation Requirements for Persistence and Recovery of River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in Semi-arid Australia||
The building of dams and diversion from rivers has had a major impact on the wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Macquarie Marshes is one of the better studied of these wetlands. It is a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, one which the Australian Government has formally notified the Ramsar Bureau of likely ecological change in character, predominantly because of the impacts of water resource development. To read the publication click here
|Bino et al.||2015||Developing State and Transition Models of Floodplain Vegetation Dynamics as a Tool for Conservation Decision-making: a Case Study of the Macquarie Marshes Ramsar Wetland||
Freshwater ecosystems provide a range of critical services including clean water, food, power as well as recreational and tourism. Although covering only a fraction of the earth’s surface (0.8%), freshwater ecosystems harbour a considerable proportion of biodiversity worldwide. They are also among the more vulnerable, degrading in quality and extent at disturbing rates. Australia’s freshwater ecosystems are no exception. Degradation has predominately been driven by increasing freshwater demand and construction of dams, diminishing and altering the flow of water. To read the publication click here
|Bino et al.||2015||Prioritizing Wetlands for Waterbirds in a Boom and Bust System: Waterbird Refugia and Breeding in the Murray-Darling Basin||
A systematic prioritisation of wetlands for waterbirds, across about 13.5% of the Murray-Darling Basin, using a 30-year record of systematic aerial surveys of waterbird populations.
|Kingsford et al.||2015||A commentary on ‘Long-term ecological trends of flow-dependent ecosystems in a major regulated river basin’, by Colloff et al.||
Colloff et al. in Marine and Freshwater Research (http:dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14067) examined time-series data for flow-dependent vegetation, invertebrates, fish, frogs, reptiles and waterbirds in the Murray–Darling Basin, 1905–2013. They concluded that temporal patterns fluctuated, declining during droughts and recovering after floods. They suggested that major changes in land use in the late 19th century permanently modified these freshwater ecosystems, irretrievably degrading them before major water diversions. Restoring water to the environment might then be interpreted as not addressing biotic declines. We argue that their conclusions are inadequately supported, although data quality remains patchy and they neglected the influence of hydrology and the timing and extent of water resource development. We are critical of the lack of adequate model specification and the omission of statistical power analyses. We show that declines of native flow-dependent flora and fauna have continued through the 20th and early 21st centuries, in response to multiple factors, including long-term changes in flow regimes. We argue that flow-regime changes have been critical, but not in isolation. So, returning water to the environment is a prerequisite for sustained recovery but governments need to improve monitoring and analyses to adequately determine effectiveness of management of the rivers and wetlands of the Murray–Darling Basin.
Full text: http://www.publish.csiro.au/?paper=MF15185
|Bino et al.||2014||Identifying minimal sets of survey techniques for multi-species monitoring across landscapes: An approach utilising species distribution models|
|Bino et al.||2014||Maximizing colonial waterbirds' breeding events using identified ecological thresholds and environmental flow management|
|Bino et al.||2013||Adaptive management of Ramsar wetlands||View PDF|
|Kingsford et al.||2013||Waterbird communities in the Murray-Darling Basin, 1983-2012||View PDF|
|Bino et al.||2013||Niche evolution in Australian terrestrial mammals? Clarifying scale-dependencies in phylogenetic and functional drivers of co-occurrence|
|Bino et al.||2013||Improving bioregional frameworks for conservation by including mammal distributions|
|Bino||2012||Using atlas data for large scale conservation strategies: a case study of NSW’s mammals|
|Roger et al.||2012||Linking habitat suitability and road mortalities across geographic ranges|
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