Posts for August 2015

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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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Science Exchange 2015 success for Hamilton Ecology Lab

Dr Grant Hamilton and Dr Peter Baxter recently represented Hamilton Ecology Lab at the 2015 Plant Bio-Security Cooperative¬† Research Centre Science Exchange. The exchange was a success with informative project updates provided for current projects PBCRC 2100 and PBCRC2135. This year the annual event was held on Queensland’s iconic…

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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.

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Wild boar numbers on the rise in Europe

Wild boar numbers in Europe have continued to rise since the 1980’s yet until now it has been unclear what the main drivers of this population growth are. Scientists from the Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria have now discovered that…

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Jessie Mckee receives 1st Class Honours

Hamilton Ecology Lab member Jessie Mckee recently received a 1st class honours mark for her recent project into detection of cryptic species using thermal imaging. Jessie did a great job and is also the recipient of an APA scholarship meaning that she is all set for a PhD if she chooses to continue her academic career. From everyone at…

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International Pest Risk Research Group Executive committee nomination

Hamilton Ecology Lab leader, Dr Grant Hamilton has been nominated to be on the executive committee of the International Pest Risk Research Group. This group is a dedicated group of research scientists and pest risk practitioners who aim to develop enhanced pest risk modelling and mapping methods through rigorous and innovative research…

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UAS now being used to study marine mammals

For the first time, scientist have used unmanned aerial systems to study killer whales from above. A recent articles published in Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems explains how scientists integrated and configured their hexacopter, fine tuning it for precise measurements of families of killer whales captured from above. Read the full…