The Great EDG 2014 Video Competition

The following video entries can be found on the CEED YouTube Channel.

Pine Fiction

A film by Alessio Mortelliti and Christina Thwaites (ANU)

On planet Earth there are 264 million hectares of forest plantation and the most common species are pines. What is the impact of pine plantations on biodiversity? Do pine plantations established on farm land increase or decrease the connectivity of bird populations. Based on data gathered by David Lindenmayers’ research group for the ‘Nanangroe project’, this video promises to tell all! Watch video.

More info: Alessio Mortelliti

Now you see it, now you don’t! Imperfect detection & SDMs

A film by Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita & José J. Lahoz-Monfort (University of Melbourne)

Manager Phil shares a challenge while studying the habitat preferences of the rare blue-spotted wild horse. After reading recent research about the impact of species detectability in studies of species distributions, he realises imperfect detection was a relevant issue to consider in their analysis. Phil’s story highlights the value of research that provides improved quantitative tools and practices to support more robust environmental decisions. Watch video.

More info: Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita


Rescuing the Reef

A film by Jutta Beher and Carissa Klein, University of Queensland


Impacts of climate change and poor water quality are the most significant threats to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Water quality can be improved at a local scale and could increase the resilience of the GBR to the impacts of climate change. As there are limited funding resources, it is essential that we prioritize where and how to best manage water quality. A transparent and economically sound investment prioritization process does exist. Watch video.

More info: Jutta Beher


Conserving bats in cities

A film by Pia Lentini, University of Melbourne

DPoint80_Page_05_Image_0004What’s the best way of growing a city to accommodate both humans and biodiversity? This video explores this question in relation to bats. Even if people aren’t aware that bats are around, they typically make up a large component of native mammals in urban areas. In this video Pia shows how we’re using data collected through community bat box programs to predict how populations of both urban tolerant and urban sensitive species will change as Melbourne grows. Watch video.

More info: Pia Lentini


Burning the building blocks of life

A film by Annabel Smith, ANU

What happens to plants and animals when we burn the bush? And how does this impact their genes: the building blocks of life? How can we find balance between our needs and the needs of other species that call this planet home? Against a charred, blackened landscape, this film explores popular perception and science. It suggests a more balanced use of fire in the natural environment is required. Watch video.

More info: Annabel Smith


Plant-animal interactions across landscapes

A film by Christina Zdenek and Kara Youngentob

DPoint80_Page_05_Image_0003Plants have an arsenal of chemical defenses that can poison animals and reduce the nutritional quality of forage. Concentrations of foliar nutrients and toxins vary among plants and across landscapes. Animals must make decisions about what and where to eat based on the quality and availability of food resources. A team of scientists are working to develop new methods to assess forage quality across landscapes. Watch video.

More info: Kara Youngentob