Posts for 2015

Hamilton Lab memebers' papers accepted!

Dr Grant Hamilton and Dr Peter Baxter, along with collaborator Dr Stephen Parnell in Salford University UK, have had two peer-reviewed papers accepted for the MODSIM (21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation) conference which takes place on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Nov-Dec 2015. The papers, titled “Fine tuning of unmanned…

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Invasive bird species spreading avian malaria throughout eastern Australia

The invasive Indian Myna threatens bird life in the South East Queensland region through the carrying and potential spreading of avian malaria throughout its range in eastern Australia, according to Griffith University PhD candidate Nicholas Clark. Clark found that up to 40% of Indian Mynas in the South East Queensland region can carry…

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UAS for forestry surveillance and conservation could provide substantially cheaper option

A new study from lead author Dr Rakan Zahawi, from the Organisation for Tropical Studies in partnership with researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of California-Santa Cruz, USA, has indicated that unmanned aerial systems, known more commonly as drones, could successfully monitor the effects of forest regeneration…

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SERF UAS Training Exercise

Hamilton Ecology Lab’s Jim Eldridge recently undertook 2 days worth of UAS training with the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation at QUT’s Samford Ecological Research Facility. UAS training is currently being undertaken due to the requirement of these technologies in current Hamilton Ecology Lab projects. Jim has recently…

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Discovery of new gene may lead to increased spatial range of wheat

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have recently discovered the a fourth gene in wheat responsible for wheat vernalization, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation. Identification of the newly characterized VRN-D4 gene and its three previously discovered counterpart genes is crucial…

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Capstone Students Join Hamilton Ecology Lab

Three bright young students currently finishing their undergraduate environmental science degrees have joined the Hamilton Ecology Lab as capstone students for 2015. Sam, Lille and Russ will be working on a project together looking at the potential of infrared thermography as a tool for minimising errors in detection and identification…

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2011 Senate inquiry inaccurate and spatially bias.

A new report titled Saving our national icon: An ecological analysis of the 2011 Australian Senate inquiry into status of the Koala, has cast doubt over the findings of a 2011 senate inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of Australia’s Koala population. The full article can be found here.