November 24 2012 | ABC Radio National → Jose Ramos
Jose Ramos discusses his search for signalling dragons with Robyn Williams during the Science Show on ABC Radio National.
September 1 2012 | ABC Radio National → Nicole Butler
Nicole Butler discusses her research on zebra finches with Robyn Williams during the Science Show on ABC Radio National.
June 19 2012 | School of Life Sciences 3-minute-thesis challenge → Nicole Butler & Jose Ramos
The School of Life Sciences leg of the Three Minute Thesis Challenge took place on June 19 2012. A strong field of interesting, insightful and entertaining presentations made it a close competition and difficult for the judges. Nicole Butler finished in equal first place with her presentation Cause for alarm: How do zebra finches communicate about predators. She will now go on to represent the School of Life Sciences at the Faculty level of the competition. Congratulations also to Jose Ramos who had the audience at the edge of their seats and was on track for a stellar performance had it not been for a momentary loss of memory.
September/October 2012 | South Australia → Jose & volunteer (Jordan)
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|The first fieldtrip of my PhD gave me the opportunity to visit several reserves across South Australia. Ngarkat Conservation Park was the first stop. Sadly, the weather did not work in my favour and my volunteer Jordan and I had to leave earlier than expected. Danggali Conservation Park, just above Renmark, proved more successful, and we were able to obtain numerous recordings of Mallee Dragons (Ctenophorus fordi) signalling at each other. Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, a one hour drive south of Port Augusta, is known to be a great spot for Tawny Dragons (Ctenophorus decresii). This beautiful reserve lived up to our expectations. However, the rocky walls of the gorge where the dragons like to bask made positioning the cameras a bit of a challenge. The last park we visited, Gawler Ranges National Park, had the highest density of dragons out of all of them. Territorial interactions between male Peninsula Dragons (Ctenophorus fionni) were commonly observed, and the views from on top of the rocky outcrops were a treat to the eye.|
October 1-7 2011 | Fowlers Gap → Christine, Rowan & Richard
Our first of several trips to Fowlers Gap as part of Christine's honours investigation of zebra finch alarm calling - to
familiarise ourselves with the surrounds so that we can plan her project more effectively. Christine made good use of the time, trialling a few things, while
Rowan and Richard (mostly) did what she told us to do. Throughout the week we identified 94 bird species by sight and an additional 2 by call only - of
particular note was the Australian Bustard, which was Rowan's 300th bird.
October 24-28 2011 | Lizard catching in East Gippsland → Katy, Shannon, Jose, George & Richard
A successful week catching jacky lizards along the north east coast of Victoria - including Mallacoota, Point Hicks and Croajingalong National Park, and
Cape Conran Coastal Reserve. In addition to catching more than enough lizards we also observed lizards mating
(see Jose's video on the right), red-bellied black snakes, copperhead snakes, various scincid lizards, humpback whales
and over 60 bird species.
January/February 2011| Lizard catching in East Gippsland → Derek, Jose, Juan & Richard
Richard collected several lizards while on holidays with the family at Point HIcks lighthouse just after the start of the new year. Derek, Juan and Jose
went out with Richard again in February in a quick dash for more lizards. Unfortunately, the weather conspired against us on the latter trip and we
returned with only 1 lizard.
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