${session.getAttribute("locale")} 5 Sniffing out solutions to enhance conservation: How detection dogs can maximise research and management outcomes, through the example of koalas Wed 31 Jul 2019 13:31:39 AEST ]]> Planned and unplanned fire regimes on public land in southeast Queensland Wed 28 Aug 2019 13:48:43 AEST ]]> Functional plasticity in vertebrate scavenger assemblages in the presence of introduced competitors Wed 26 Sep 2018 14:25:30 AEST ]]> Wet and dry tropical forests show opposite successional pathways in wood density but converge over time Wed 19 Jun 2019 13:03:39 AEST ]]> Population genetics of Melaleuca irbyana (Myrtaceae) the ‘swamp tea tree’ and implications for its conservation and restoration Wed 18 Mar 2020 08:16:48 AEST ]]> Advancing DNA Barcoding and Metabarcoding Applications for Plants Requires Systematic Analysis of Herbarium Collections—An Australian Perspective Wed 18 Mar 2020 08:16:18 AEST ]]> The importance of fire in the success of a 15 hectare subtropical heathland translocation Wed 18 Mar 2020 08:15:58 AEST ]]> Phylogenetic diversity and conservation of rainforests in the Sunshine Coast region, Queensland, Australia Wed 18 Mar 2020 08:14:40 AEST ]]> Conservation genetics and demographic analysis of the endangered cycad species Cycas megacarpa and the impacts of past habitat fragmentation Wed 18 Mar 2020 08:13:18 AEST ]]> A transcriptomic investigation of appetite-regulation and digestive processes in giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus during early larval development Wed 18 Mar 2020 07:25:02 AEST ]]> Rethinking social phenotypes: personality, plasticity and the effects of the social environment on the social behaviour of eastern water dragons Wed 15 Aug 2018 10:07:37 AEST ]]> Extreme Marine Heatwaves alter kelp forest community near its equatorward distribution limit Wed 14 Aug 2019 11:25:43 AEST ]]> Nature needs people and here’s why Wed 05 Feb 2020 13:56:55 AEST ]]> Associations between oceanographic processes and humpback whale entanglement in Southeast Queensland shark-control nets Wed 04 Dec 2019 09:10:28 AEST ]]> Mud acts as a noise dampener in Australian passerine nests Wed 02 Jan 2019 13:34:02 AEST ]]> Regional oceanography drives humpback whale entanglement in Queensland shark-control nets Tue 30 Jul 2019 11:37:40 AEST ]]> Part B: Oceanography and Hydrochemistry Tue 30 Jul 2019 11:30:39 AEST ]]> Characterizing habitat suitability for a central-place forager in a dynamic marine environment Tue 27 Aug 2019 15:59:46 AEST ]]> A Decade of Forest Engineering: Achievements and Future Directions Tue 27 Aug 2019 09:55:42 AEST ]]> Scientists find burnt, starving koalas weeks after the bushfires Tue 24 Mar 2020 10:55:22 AEST ]]> Effect of riparian management on stream morphometry and water quality in oil palm plantations in Borneo Tue 19 Mar 2019 11:28:46 AEST ]]> Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Tue 18 Dec 2018 11:05:02 AEST ]]> Presence of kin-biased social associations in a lizard with no parental care: the eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii) Tue 15 Oct 2019 14:28:05 AEST ]]> Population‐scale treatment informs solutions for control of environmentally transmitted wildlife disease Tue 15 Oct 2019 14:22:39 AEST ]]> Measuring continuous compositional change using decline and decay in zeta diversity Tue 12 Nov 2019 08:38:42 AEST ]]> Seaweeds on the Sunshine Coast: Restorative aquaculture, nutrient offets and oysters Tue 12 Nov 2019 07:49:40 AEST ]]> Managing birds of conservation concern on sandy shores: How much room for future conservation actions is there? Tue 11 Feb 2020 13:34:38 AEST ]]> A perspective on future tiger shark research Tue 11 Feb 2020 12:52:46 AEST ]]> Burrows with resources have greater visitation and may enhance mange transmission among wombats Tue 10 Sep 2019 11:40:45 AEST ]]> A horizon scan of priorities for coastal marine microbiome research Tue 10 Mar 2020 12:40:19 AEST ]]> Maximizing the benefits of oyster reef restoration for finfish and their fisheries Tue 10 Mar 2020 10:13:17 AEST ]]> Collaborative involvement of woody plant roots and rhizosphere microorganisms in the formation of pedogenetic clays Tue 10 Dec 2019 15:09:46 AEST ]]> Regional Climate-Information Needs for Ecological Studies and Assessment Tue 09 Apr 2019 14:02:52 AEST ]]> Genetic population structure and demography of an apex predator, the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier Tue 07 Jan 2020 09:12:43 AEST ]]> Assessment Techniques in Forest Biomass along the Timber Supply Chain Tue 07 Jan 2020 08:09:52 AEST ]]> A current affair: entanglement of humpback whales in coastal shark-control nets Tue 07 Jan 2020 08:09:44 AEST ]]> Close Kin Proximity in Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) as a Driver of Population Genetic Structure in the Tropical Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tue 06 Aug 2019 14:53:41 AEST ]]> Photographic identification and citizen science combine to reveal long distance movements of individual reef manta rays Mobula alfredi along Australia's east coast Tue 06 Aug 2019 11:37:41 AEST ]]> Koalas in changing environments: Advancing our understanding of spatial ecology and genetic health to better inform conservation decision making Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:36:40 AEST ]]> The Evolution of Long-Term Social Avoidances in a Long-Lived Mammal Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:36:37 AEST ]]> Molecular investigations of the neural system in the Crown-of-Thorns Seastar, Acanthaster planci species-complex 10 m2 of coral annually outstrips the corals growth rate. Aside from the damage caused by COTS, factors contributing to the accelerating loss of coral are the impacts of coral bleaching and the increased presence and severity of tropical cyclones. Of these variables, only COTS can be mitigated by immediate human intervention, so strategic and long-term solutions are desirable. Current COTS control methods are laborious and expensive with extrapolated estimates predicting a decline to less than 10 % coral cover remaining on the reef in coming decades, unless intervened. Knowledge gaps that exist on the molecular regulation of COTS biological processes (e.g. reproduction, feeding, growth) limit the development of effective control methods. As an echinoderm, COTS occupy a unique position as invertebrate deuterostomes and as such may hold critical information in both evolution and speciation of this coral predator. Of the Acanthaster genus there are two species, the A. planci and the Acanthaster brevispinus. Despite the ability to successfully produce hybrid offspring, the A brevispinus does not have an appetite for coral, nor undergo population outbreaks that are characteristic of A. planci. It is theorised that the speciation occurred from the A. brevispinus, yet to the extent of which these species differ is still unknown. Identifying species-specific attributes and unique biological traits will be most advantageous in the quest to better understand COTS and in the development toward biocontrol strategies. By targeting the system that coordinates the biological and physiological functioning of an animal, in this case the neural system, we can narrow down on candidate areas for investigative research. With advances in sequencing and mass spectral technologies it is now possible to study a species at multiple levels, from the gene to the protein. The purpose of this doctoral thesis was to investigate the radial nerve cord (RNC) of the COTS, its neural signalling components (neuropeptides and small molecule neurotransmitters) and candidate cognate receptors.]]> Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:36:32 AEST ]]> Paternity analysis and SNP development for Osmanthus fragrans ‘pucheng dangui’ using SLAF-SEQ Thu 24 Oct 2019 13:22:39 AEST ]]> Efficiency of Different Machine Layouts for Chain Flail Delimbing, Debarking and Chipping Thu 20 Jun 2019 17:11:44 AEST ]]> Decreasing the Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions of Excavator-Based Harvesters with a Machine Control System Thu 20 Jun 2019 17:10:42 AEST ]]> Without management interventions, endemic wet‐sclerophyll forest is transitioning to rainforest in World Heritage listed K’gari (Fraser Island), Australia Thu 20 Jun 2019 16:54:10 AEST ]]> Effects of a mulch layer on the assemblage and abundance of mesostigmatan mites and other arthropods in the soil of a sugarcane agro-ecosystem in Australia Thu 20 Jun 2019 16:53:25 AEST ]]> Forest recovery in an Australian amenity landscape: implications for biodiversity conservation on small-acreage properties Thu 20 Jun 2019 16:06:16 AEST ]]> Optimizing the Location of Biomass Energy Facilities by Integrating Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Thu 20 Jun 2019 15:37:11 AEST ]]> Using Conjoint Analyses to Improve Cable Yarder Design Characteristics: An Austrian Yarder Case Study to Advance Cost-Effective Extraction Thu 20 Jun 2019 15:32:32 AEST ]]> Where Did You Come From? Where Did You Go? Investigating the Origin of Invasive Leptocybe Species Using Distribution Modelling Thu 20 Jun 2019 15:29:26 AEST ]]> Post-Border Forest Biosecurity in Australia: Response to Recent Exotic Detections, Current Surveillance and Ongoing Needs Thu 20 Jun 2019 15:29:06 AEST ]]> Evidence of inter-sectional chloroplast capture in Corymbia among sections Torellianae and Maculatae Thu 20 Jun 2019 15:26:17 AEST ]]> Using Drones to Monitor Local Whale Populations Thu 20 Jun 2019 14:44:14 AEST ]]> Plenary session 4 on the value of protected areas for fauna conservation Thu 20 Jun 2019 11:00:42 AEST ]]> The geographic distribution of reef and oceanic manta rays (Mobula alfredi and Mobula birostris) in Australian coastal waters Thu 19 Mar 2020 13:19:19 AEST ]]> Tropical Rainforest Restoration Plantations Are Slow to Restore the Soil Biological and Organic Carbon Characteristics of Old Growth Rainforest Thu 19 Mar 2020 11:41:17 AEST ]]> VoCC: An r package for calculating the velocity of climate change and related climatic metrics Thu 19 Dec 2019 07:59:47 AEST ]]> Pan-tropical prediction of forest structure from the largest trees Thu 16 May 2019 10:51:46 AEST ]]> Decision support tools for forest landscape restoration: Current status and future outlook Thu 14 Mar 2019 11:22:19 AEST ]]> Legume abundance along successional and rainfall gradients in Neotropical forests Thu 14 Feb 2019 09:49:58 AEST ]]> Protecting intact forests requires holistic approaches Thu 14 Feb 2019 09:49:19 AEST ]]> Night and Day: Diel Differences in Ship Strike Risk for Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the California Current System Thu 12 Dec 2019 15:34:54 AEST ]]> Landscape transformation alters functional diversity in coastal seascapes Thu 12 Dec 2019 13:15:06 AEST ]]> Landscape transformation alters functional diversity in coastal seascapes Thu 12 Dec 2019 13:14:50 AEST ]]> Proximate causes of altitudinal differences in body size in an agamid lizard Thu 12 Apr 2018 15:06:42 AEST ]]> Koala-detecting dogs sniff out flaws in Australia’s threatened species protection Thu 08 Aug 2019 13:12:41 AEST ]]> Practical considerations for operationalizing dynamic management tools Thu 07 Feb 2019 08:56:11 AEST ]]> Attack rate and prey preference of Lasioseius subterraneous and Protogamasellus mica on four nematode species Thu 06 Feb 2020 10:49:55 AEST ]]> Using emerging hot spot analysis of stranding records to inform conservation management of a data-poor cetacean species Thu 06 Feb 2020 10:35:54 AEST ]]> Predictable males and unpredictable females: Repeatability of sociability in eastern water dragons Mon 25 Feb 2019 16:37:04 AEST ]]> Integrating Dynamic Subsurface Habitat Metrics Into Species Distribution Models Mon 25 Feb 2019 12:22:45 AEST ]]> Litter quality influences bacterial communities more strongly than changes in riparian buffer quality in oil palm streams Mon 19 Aug 2019 15:19:41 AEST ]]> Maternal nesting behaviour in city dragons: a species with temperature-dependent sex determination Mon 13 May 2019 14:57:50 AEST ]]> Insights into the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to investigate the behavior of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga Mon 13 Jan 2020 12:00:56 AEST ]]> Interactions between urban land use and stress in eastern grey kangaroos Mon 11 Nov 2019 11:52:40 AEST ]]> Disease avoidance, and breeding group age and size condition the dispersal patterns of western lowland gorilla females Mon 09 Sep 2019 13:09:37 AEST ]]> A new approach to map landscape variation in forest restoration success in tropical and temperate forest biomes Mon 09 Dec 2019 17:06:46 AEST ]]> Research priorities to support effective manta and devil ray conservation Mon 08 Oct 2018 15:42:35 AEST ]]> The stoichiometric legacy of fire regime regulates the roles of micro-organisms and invertebrates in decomposition Mon 08 Jul 2019 13:55:14 AEST ]]> Pelagic Seascapes Mon 05 Mar 2018 10:34:39 AEST ]]> Is MHC diversity a better marker for conservation than neutral genetic diversity? A case study of two contrasting dolphin populations Mon 05 Aug 2019 14:44:39 AEST ]]> A Century Later: the ecology of the European red fox, Vulpes vulpes, in a hybrid ecosystem on Queensland's Sunshine Coast Mon 03 Dec 2018 16:31:19 AEST ]]> Fresh is best: Accurate SNP genotyping from koala scats Mon 02 Jul 2018 11:26:24 AEST ]]> Cities as theatres for rapid evolution: a dragon’s tale Fri 31 Aug 2018 14:32:44 AEST ]]> Population modelling and genetics of a critically endangered Madagascan palm Tahina spectabilis 80% of which are endangered. We undertook complete population census and sampling for genetic analysis of a relatively recently discovered giant fan palm, the Critically Endangered Tahina spectablis in 2008 and 2016. Our 2016 study included newly discovered populations and added to our genetic study. We incorporated these new populations into species distribution niche model (SDM) and projected these onto maps of the region. We developed population matrix models based on observed demographic data to model population change and predict the species vulnerability to extinction by undertaking population viability analysis (PVA). We investigated the potential conservation value of reintroduced planted populations within the species potential suitable habitat. We found that the population studied in 2008 had grown in size due to seedling regeneration but had declined in the number of reproductively mature plants, and we were able to estimate that the species reproduces and dies after approximately 70 years. Our models suggest that if the habitat where it resides continues to be protected the species is unlikely to go extinct due to inherent population decline and that it will likely experience significant population growth after approximately 80 years due to the reproductive and life cycle attributes of the species. The newly discovered populations contain more genetic diversity than the first discovered southern population which is genetically depauperate. The species appears to demonstrate a pattern of dispersal leading to isolated founder plants which may eventually lead to population development depending on local establishment opportunities. The conservation efforts currently put in place including the reintroduction of plants within the species potential suitable habitat if maintained are thought likely to enable the species to sustain itself but it remains vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts.]]> Fri 27 Mar 2020 15:58:32 AEST ]]> Root biomechanical traits in a montane mediterranean forest watershed: Variations with species diversity and soil depth Fri 25 Oct 2019 10:08:44 AEST ]]> Genotypic variability enhances the reproducibility of an ecological study Fri 22 Feb 2019 10:38:46 AEST ]]> Draft Genome Sequence of Dyella sp. Strain C9, Isolated from a Malaysian Tropical Peat Swamp Forest Fri 21 Dec 2018 11:39:02 AEST ]]> Seagrass meadows shape fish assemblages across estuarine seascapes Fri 20 Apr 2018 11:30:53 AEST ]]> Climate mediates the success of migration strategies in a marine predator Fri 19 Jan 2018 13:15:10 AEST ]]> Invasive pathogen drives host population collapse: Effects of a travelling wave of sarcoptic mange on bare-nosed wombats Fri 19 Jan 2018 10:27:04 AEST ]]> Is the European red fox a vector of the invasive basket asparagus (Asparagus aethiopicus) in eastern Australia? Fri 18 Oct 2019 14:34:41 AEST ]]> A phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis of biologging device effects on birds: Deleterious effects and a call for more standardized reporting of study data Fri 16 Aug 2019 13:42:40 AEST ]]> Mechanical traits of fine roots as a function of topology and anatomy Fri 14 Jun 2019 13:49:45 AEST ]]> Redmap Australia: Challenges and successes with a large-scale citizen science-based approach to ecological monitoring and community engagement on climate change Fri 13 Mar 2020 09:37:18 AEST ]]> Connectivity in Coastal Seascapes Fri 09 Aug 2019 15:06:39 AEST ]]> Optimizing seagrass conservation for ecological functions Fri 02 Aug 2019 16:44:47 AEST ]]> Assessing consumer-grade remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) photogrammetry for monitoring humpback whales Fri 02 Aug 2019 16:37:41 AEST ]]> Future ocean observations to connect climate, fisheries and marine ecosystems Fri 01 Nov 2019 15:58:48 AEST ]]> The ecology of littoral zone Chironomidae in four artificial, urban, tropical Malaysian lakes Fri 01 Feb 2019 15:30:06 AEST ]]>