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Despotic species, catchment groups and genetics: all in a day’s funding

The five workshops that ACEAS has funded in its latest round of open-call funding reflect the diversity of subject matter and disciplines involved in collaborative ecosystem research and synthesis.

Dr Martine Maron, at the University of Queensland, will lead a group that will investigate ways of changing the influence of despotic bird species such as the noisy miner. The project is called ‘Avifaunal disarray in eastern Australian forests and woodlands caused by a single despotic species: assembling intelligence to support regime change’.

Professor Bob Pressey, at James Cook University, will lead a workshop on integrated catchment planning that will involve land managers and other non-scientists from across northern Australia. The workshop is called ‘Integrated catchment-to-coast planning: data, decision support, and governance’.

Dr Andrew Young, at CSIRO Plant Industry, heads a group that will investigate the role genetics can play in ecology. The workshop is called ‘Molecules in models: the future role of genetic data in population viability analysis’.

The other two projects will be confirmed shortly. Find out more at the ‘Science and synthesis’ link on the ACEAS website.

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