New paper: A framework for the identification of long-term social avoidance in longitudinal datasets

Our new research paper is now out in Royal Society Open Science! We detail steps to generate a spatially explicit, iterative null model which can be used to identify non-random social avoidance in studies of social animals and apply it to two longitudinal datasets (Eastern water dragons (Intellegama lesueurii) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus)).

New Publication

Take a look at some of our research which has just been published in Molecular Ecology. Our article “Archipelagos of the Anthropocene: rapid and extensive differentiation of native terrestrial vertebrates in a single metropolis” provides evidence for the rapid genetic and morphological differentiation of a native lizard (Intellagama lesueurii) at four parks within one city. Well done to Beth on her first publication. This research was featured in Brisbane Times.

New publications!

I’m very pleased to announce three new publications! In particular, I’m very excited about our natural history note in The Herpetological Bulletin which presents the first documented case of cannibalism in eastern water dragons. Honours candidate, Dan Nugent, captured this moment on camera, and this is his first publication. Well done to all.

March 2015

Our new research (undertaken in collaboration with Martin Whiting and his lizard lab at Macquarie University) about polyandry in eastern water dragons has now been published in Ecology and Evolution! We showed that female polyandry was the norm, and found no evidence that females favor less related males, or that less related males had higher fitness.

In other news, check out this friendly encounter between Honours candidate Dan and a dragon he encountered at Roma Street Parkland.

February 2015

It’s going to be another exciting and busy 12 months. A few weeks ago we welcomed PhD candidates Alexis Levengood and Carme Piza Roca to our research group. We’ve also had a couple of papers accepted for publication over the break. The first, which describes the efficiency of detection dogs for koala conservation is already online here.

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Say cheese! Dragons can do fieldwork too! USC PhD candidate Kasha caught this great moment last week.

October 2014

Check out Celine’s latest collaborative research article on the finless porpoise which was recently published in Scientific Reports. This research suggests that the current patterns of genetic diversity of this species vary on a temporal and spatial scale.

September 2014

Our new research article “The social life of eastern water dragons: sex differences, spatial overlap and genetic relatedness” about the Eastern Water Dragons of Roma Street Parkland has now been published in Animal Behaviour. Our research shows that these dragons exhibit evidence of social structure, but do not preferentially associate with family members.

July 2014

Check out our newest article with collaborators at the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit here. The paper presents estimates of genetic diversity and differentiation for two inshore dolphin species found in north-western Australia ,and the first reported hybridisation of snubfin and humpback dolphins. Watch video of the hybrid dolphin below and check out MUCRU’s website for more about this exciting research.

May 2014

See our latest article just published in PLoS One which outlines our pioneering approach to photo-identification in eastern water dragons and describes fine scale movements of individual dragons in a population at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane’s CBD. We found that male eastern water dragons (Intellagama leuseurii) have home ranges one and a half times larger than those of females, and we found intraspecific differences in the size of home ranges depending on the time of the day.

March 2014

We’ve just had our latest paper entitled “A face in the crowd: a non-invasive and cost effective photo-identification methodology to understand the fine scale movement of eastern water dragons” accepted for publication in PLoS One! Well done Riana, Eric, Luke and Kasha for all the hard work!