Category Archives: Communication

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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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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Ecology and Environmental Sciences star in ERA15

The results of the latest assessment of research excellence in Australia have been released. Now, every university will spin the results to suit their own purpose*. While we can leave universities to report their results so they appear to shine … Continue reading

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Lecturer in Ecological Modelling

We’re looking for an outstanding academic to join the School of BioSciences within QAECO. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in modelling the distributions of species or biodiversity, or more generally in spatial modelling, working with Dr Jane … Continue reading

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Biodiversity management and unplanned fires

Edit: Missed my seminar? You can listen to a recording with a copy of the slides: http://unimelb.adobeconnect.com/p913xeq1mjx/ I’m doing a seminar today at Creswick on fire and biodiversity (9:30 a.m., Melbourne time). My talk will discuss unplanned fires, how their … Continue reading

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Brunswick in the Victorian 2014 election

I do like an election analysis! After having some fun predicting the result in Indi for the last federal election, I thought I’d look at my home seat of Brunswick in the 2014 Victorian state election. Jane Garrett, the sitting … Continue reading

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Effects of stand age on fire severity

Our new paper shows that the probability of crown fire in mountain forests under extreme weather conditions is greatest when trees are about 15 years old. This has implications for debates about how timber harvesting influences the risk of fire. … Continue reading

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