Tracking animals just got easier

Tracking animals just got easier

A new suite of analysis tools for the animal acoustic-telemetry community A new era has emerged where the movements and habitat selection of hundreds if not thousands of aquatic animals can be monitored autonomously and simultaneously. All around the Australian coastline, and throughout many of its estuaries and rivers, underwater acoustic receivers have been deployed […]

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Clash of the icons

Who’s to choose? When it comes to resourcing conservation, it helps if the species you’re trying to save are charismatic. But should the cute and the cuddly get the lion share of available resources? According to the IUCN, around 1,140 species of mammal are threatened around the world (see table 1). According to a recent […]

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Will selling horns (legally) save the rhino?

Tackling Africa’s rhino poaching crisis ‘Use it or lose it’ has been a controversial mantra put forward by some conservation biologists. Now, with an explosion in illegal poaching for rhino horn, we’re suggesting legalising the trade might be the rhino’s only chance of escaping extinction. There are only 5,000 black rhinos and 20,000 white rhinos […]

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Anyone asked the koala?

How koalas can teach us a thing or two about restoration success With the loss of habitat being a major threat to many species, restoration of degraded landscapes has become a critical part of our conservation toolbox. Identifying criteria that define ‘success’, however, is far from straightforward. If a major aim of restoration is the […]

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Facilitate this

What is facilitation and how is it useful for our researchers? Many of us are presented with the role of not only organizing but facilitating workshops as part of our research. This involves skills that we haven’t commonly acquired through our scientific training. In March, facilitation specialist Mary Maher ran a two-day facilitation skills workshop […]

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Corridors, connectivity and strategic assessment

Another summer of science/policy scholarship The 2012/2013 summer break saw the second round of the NERP Summer Scholar program where leading undergraduate students are embedded in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population, and Communities (DSEWPaC) to work on science/policy issues. The hope is that, in the process, a bit of light is thrown on […]

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