Category Archives: Detectability

L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships 2012

Applications for the 2012 L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships are now open. The three $25,000 Fellowships are intended to help early career women scientists consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science. The … Continue reading

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Interpreting non-detection when observations are imperfect

How long should you search before deciding that your target is absent? This is a problem that is fundamental to any ecological study that aims to determine the absence of a species. It will be important in studies of extinction, … Continue reading

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Coextinction and recognition for unloved threatened species

I love this quote from Bob May (1986) – “to a good approximation, all species are insects”. Mark Burgman and David Lindenmayer’s (1998) book communicates that point beautifully, with an illustration by Kate Thompson in which the size of the … Continue reading

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Detectability of frogs

Stefano Canessa, a new PhD student with QAEG, has just published a paper on factors that drive the detectability of three species of frogs during surveys that he wrote with Geoff Heard, Kirsten Parris and me. He has written about … Continue reading

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Looking for a needle in a haystack – searching for hawkweeds

I’m in Falls Creek at the moment, with about 15 people from QAEG and other parts of Melbourne Uni. Cindy Hauser is running an experiment to detect hawkweeds, a major threat to the biodiversity in the Victorian Alps. How would … Continue reading

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