Author Archives: Michael McCarthy

About Michael McCarthy

I conduct research on environmental decision making and quantitative ecology. My teaching is mainly at post-grad level at The University of Melbourne.

Election fever hits again

In the 2013 election, I took some interest in the election result in Indi, a seat located in the north-east of Victoria. My interest was spurred by the chance that Sophie Mirabella, who was flagged to be the next Science … Continue reading

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15 Forms of Invasiveness

You might think they should be easy to identify – invasive species are seemingly everywhere we look, even carried inadvertently by people to the polar regions. And as one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, identifying which species are likely … Continue reading

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CSI: Ecology. Efficiency of eDNA sampling

Detecting a species from the DNA it left behind seems so much like CSI: Ecology. DNA deposited in the environment (eDNA for the cool kids), which can then be collected and identified, is increasingly advocated for ecological studies (Ficetola et … Continue reading

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The Ideas Boom goes bust

He had just about everyone on their feet. The mood at the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science was upbeat. We’d been treated to a stellar array of talent – science that could clearly lead to economic windfalls, science to help … Continue reading

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An election looms, and the temperature continues to rise…

In one of my subjects, I used data on the relationship between the global temperature and CO2 concentrations to teach how variability can mask relationships, making inference uncertain. The example was based on an Australian political debate in 2009 about whether … Continue reading

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While I was sleeping: optimising ecological surveys over space and time

With the recent online publication of a new paper, here’s a blog post about how the research arose – a fun confluence of mathematical and cognitive collaboration across two sides of the world. And some of it was achieved while … Continue reading

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Postdoctoral Opportunities with the NESP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL)

The University of Melbourne node of the NESP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub is advertising four Research Fellow (Level A) positions.  They are seeking candidates with expertise in amphibian ecology, urban ecology, urban greening and environmental psychology to contribute … Continue reading

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