Recent news…[Link to Article]
2014 is going to be an exciting year for the Invasion Ecology Group! We extend a warm welcome to Sally Scrivens who joins us as a Research Assistant responsible for compiling the SA Barbary Dove Technical Feasibility study, funded through the Invasive Animals CRC and NRM Biosecurity SA. We also are very pleased to welcome commencing students Antonia Dalziel (PhD Candidate) and Freyja Watters (Honours Candidate).
We have commenced our 2014 ARC Discovery Grant ‘Transport risk pathways for emerging invasive species’ and a Research Assistant and Postdoc position are currently advertised here.
We would like to congratulate our recently graduated students Camille Duval and Kaat Brulez (PhD), Calum Cunningham and Arlette Srour (Honours), and Danielle Pedler (Masters). They all worked extremely hard – well done!
In other news, check out our recent publication by PhD student Pablo Garcia-Diaz:-
Also, a recently published report summarising the research conducted for the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre project ‘Success of eradication programs for vertebrate pest species on islands around Australia’:-
Our Highlighted news item this month is the seizure of 13 rare San Salvador Rock Iguanas at London’s Heathrow Airport. It is thought that there are only a few hundred individuals left in the wild and the species is listed as ‘near extinction’ (CITES). The Bahamian government refuses to issue export permits for San Salvador Rock Iguanas and there has been no legal captive breeding programs outside of the Bahamas since 2007. Our own research is focussing on what characteristics drive the illegal trade in species like these iguanas and how to best forecast the pathways by which they can be detected and their future smuggling prevented.