This blog post is about an upcoming paper in Conservation Biology. It is now widely accepted that many species are not perfectly detectable during an ecological survey. This means that, sometimes, a species that is present at a site will not be detected by an observer (or observers) during a survey of that site. The… Continue reading Detectability, threatened species and environmental impact assessments
This afternoon, on my way home from a friend’s in Malmsbury, I decided to stop in Sunbury to have a look at one of Melbourne’s best native grasslands. I first saw this grassland when I started my PhD in 2005. But it’s been a few years since I’ve seen it at this time of the… Continue reading Splendour in the grass
Garrard, G. E., McCarthy, M. A., Williams, N. S. G., Bekessy, S. A., Wintle, B. A. (2012), A general model of detectability using species traits. Methods in Ecology and Evolution*. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210x.2012.00257.x This post is about a new paper now available online in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like… Continue reading A new, trait-based model of detectability
Today I measured my waistline. Not my own wasteline, but that of my writing. I came across the The Writer's Diet test while reading about stylish academic writing in The Conversation. I plugged in a couple of paragraphs from a manuscript I'm working on. Turns out my writing is not in good shape. Result: Flabby… Continue reading Flabby or Fit?
Today, after a small achievement on the writing front, I decided to see what my research is all about. So I built a word cloud from the text in some of my recent work. It started off as procrastination, but actually it was far more interesting (for me, at least) than I'd originally imagined. So,… Continue reading What’s my research all about?
Ecologists are reluctant to make use of existing data and information when conducting analyses because of concerns regarding inconsistencies in data collection, analysis and sample sizes. This means that ecologists often feel that they must collect all the data required for a study or, conversely, that there is insufficient data to conduct the study. But… Continue reading Data, data, everywhere!
I'm a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne. My current projects and research interests include: - The role and influence of informative Bayesian priors in ecology; - Imperfect detectability and minimum survey effort requirements; - Using science to inform robust environmental policy, impact assessment and decision-making; - Adaptive management for native grassland restoration; -… Continue reading Welcome!