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

By Frere | Aug 4, 2017

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)).

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Superstar of STEM

By Frere | Aug 4, 2017

It’s official! Celine has been recognised as a 2017 “Superstar of Stem” by Science and Technology Australia (STA). In its inaugural program, STA has identified 30 of the nation’s “most dynamic scientists and technologists” and aims to raise the profile of women in STEM professions. What an amazing opportunity! The other 29 superstars are truly inspirational and…

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New Publication

By Frere | May 4, 2017

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…

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Watch us on Totally Wild kid’s TV

By Frere | May 4, 2017

Check out our feature on Channel 10’s kids TV show Totally Wild – We had a ball filming this for all the young scientists and conservationists in training out there! Fast forward to 4 mins 20 seconds for to see our detection dogs in action.

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Catalyst: Eco-Dog – ABC TV Science

By Frere | May 4, 2017

Our koala research methods were covered by ABC Catalyst. Watch at Catalyst: Eco-Dog – ABC TV Science

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In the news

By Frere | Jan 20, 2016

We’ve been so busy over the past few months. Check out this video on the work of our detection dogs.    Pippin’s rescue on Channel 7. Posted by Detection Dogs for Conservation on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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New publications!

By Frere | Sep 28, 2015

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.

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Parks Alive 2015

By Frere | Aug 19, 2015

Come along to the “Parks Alive” festival at Roma Street Parkland this weekend to learn more about our research on eastern water dragons! Celine will be presenting at 4pm on Saturday 22 August, and will lead a guided walk for those who would like to meet some of the local city slickers. This is a…

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Behaviour conference 2015

By Frere | Aug 19, 2015

Last week some of us flew to Cairns to attended “Behaviour 2015 conference” which was a joint meeting of the International Ethological Conference (IEC), Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB), Australasian Evolution Society (AES), and Australasia, New Zealand and Africa Region of Applied Ethology. It was a great opportunity to present our work…

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A visitor from Western Australia

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

This month we hosted PhD candidate Delphine Chabanne from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU). We collaborate with MUCRU on a number of projects, and it was great to have Delphine come and undertake some genetic analysis and training with us.

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Another PhD candidate joins the team

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

We are also very pleased to welcome Anthony Schultz (right) to our research team! Anthony is developing new techniques to investigate koala population health in south-east Queensland using non-invasive health and fitness measures.    

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Meanwhile back at the lab…

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

After months of hard work in the field, Beth is now investigating whether patterns of genetic diversity differ between urban and non-urban dragon populations.  

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May 2015

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Wondering what we’ve been up to lately? Check out these fieldwork stats!  

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April 2015

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Our fieldwork season on Qld water dragons is almost coming to an end for another year. It’s been exhausting and exhilarating! Here is one of our favorite photos snapped over the past few months. Great photo by Dan.

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March 2015

By Frere | Jul 23, 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…

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February 2015

By Frere | Jul 23, 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.   Say…

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January 2015

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Happy New Year! Next month we’ll be providing an update about our research and volunteer opportunities to all those interested from the University of the Third Age Sunshine Coast. We’re excited!

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December 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Cane toads be gone! Dan removed this large cane toad from a male dragon in Brisbane’s CBD… but not before capturing this amazing close up image.

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November 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Our summer field season has begun! Over the next six months we will be busy recording information on eastern water dragons in Brisbane and across the Sunshine Coast! Here are some of the amazing creatures spotted by Celine and Beth in their adventures at Alexandra Headlands.  

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October 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

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.

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October 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Come along and hear about our latest research on Tuesday 21 October 2014!  Celine will be taking part in USC’s public lecture series and presenting “A dragon’s tale: can urbanisation lead to contemporary evolution?“. The evening starts at 5.30pm at USC’s Innovation Centre and refreshments will be served.

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September 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

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.

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August 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came along to our talk at the ‘Parks Alive’ festival at Roma Street Parkland. We had a great time sharing our research despite the weather!

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July 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

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.

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June 2014

By Frere | Jul 23, 2015

Beth and Kasha compete in USC’s 3 minute thesis heats!

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