Research

2014

Project Title – Allelopathic effects of freshwater macrophytes on microalgae.

Chief Investigator – Prof. John Beardall

Staff/Student Name – Fariba M. Pakdel

Project Title – Impacts of PPCP's on aquatic organisms and ecosystems.

Chief Investigator – Assoc. Prof. Mike Grace

Staff/Student Name – Erinn Richmond, Stephanie Robson and Keralee Browne

Project Title – Hormones and hormone mimics and their effects on the reproductive behaviour and morphology of Mosquitofish, Gambusia sp.

Chief Investigator – Dr. Bob Wong and Minna Saaristo

Staff/Student Name – Rowan Jacques-Hamilton, Michael Bertram, Patrick Tomkins

Project Title – Are good males bad females – sexual conflict in hermaphrodites.

Chief Investigator – Prof. Dustin Marshall

Staff/Student Name – Evatt Chirgwin

Project Title – Colour mediated aggressive behaviour in red devil cichlid pairs.

Chief Investigator – Dr. Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name – Will Sowersby

Project Title – Behavioural ecology of Lampropholis skinks.

Chief Investigator – Dr. David Chapple

Staff/Student Name – Hannah Moule

Project Title – The role of personality in the success of an invasive lizard.

Chief Investigator – Dr. David Chapple

Staff/Student Name – Marcus Michelangeli

Project Title – The dynamics of alien plant invasions.

Chief Investigator – Assoc. Prof. Melodie McGeoch

Staff/Student Name – Gillis Horner and Gerard Ceron

Project Title – An investigation into short-term stress responses to capture and handling in free-livinganimals.

Chief Investigator – Christopher Johnstone

Staff/Student Name – William Geary

Project Title – Effectiveness of plant root zones to remove Nitrogen.

Chief Investigator – Assoc. Prof. Mike Grace

Staff/Student Name – Keralee Browne and Dale Sheahan

2013

Project Title - Investigating the influence of oxytocin in the ability of domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to interpret human cues.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Alan Lill

Staff/Student Name - Jessica Oliva

Project Title - Allelopathic effects of freshwater macrophytes on microalgae.

Chief Investigator - Prof. Jennifer Davis and Dr. Lien Sim

Staff/Student Name - Fariba M. Pakdel

Project Title - Impacts of PPCP's on aquatic organisms and ecosystems.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Mike Grace

Staff/Student Name - Chuyen Khanh Phung

Project Title - Hormones and hormone mimics and their effects on the reproductive behaviour and morphology of Mosquitofish, Gambusia sp.

Chief Investigator - Dr. Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - Dr. Minna Saaristo

Project Title - Are good males bad females - sexual conflict in hemaphrodites.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Dustin Marhsall

Staff/Student Name - Amy Hooper, Matthew Thompson, Keyne Monro and Annie Sandrine

Project Title - The role of frequency-dependant selection in maintaining population variation.

Chief Investigator - Dr. Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - Will Sowersby

2012

Project Title - Hormones and hormone mimics and their effects on the reproductive behaviour and morphology of Mosquitofish, Gambusia sp.

Chief Investigator - Dr Minna Saaristo

Staff/Student Name - Dr Minna Saaristo, Patrick Tomkins

Project Title - Impacts of elevated temperature and CO2 on the critical processes underpinning resilience of aquatic ecosystems.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Dr Paula Sardina

Project Title - Urban wetlands and influences of multiple stressors on biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Cassie Mealey

Project Title - Global invaders in a changing world: Potamopyrgus antopodarum.

Chief Investigator - Dr Paula Sardina

Staff/Student Name - Angela Olah

Project Title - Impacts of PPCPs on aquatic organisms and ecosystems.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Mike Grace

Staff/Student Name - Khanh Phung

Project Title - Are good males bad females - Sexual conflict in hermaphrodites.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Dustin Marshall

Staff/Student Name - Amy Hooper, Matthew Thompson & Keyne Monro

Project Title - Influences of multiple stressors on biodiversity and ecosystem function in urban wetlands.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Prof. Jenny Davis

Staff/Student Name - Teresa Mackintosh

Project Title - Effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on the Ecological Health of Australian Waterways.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Michael Grace

Staff/Student Name - Dr Lawton Shaw

Project Title - Allelopathic effects of freshwater Macrophytes on microalgae.

Chief Investigator - Prof. Jenny Davis & Dr Lien Sim

Staff/Student Name - Fariba M. Pakdel

Project Title - Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments.

Chief Investigator - Dr Adrian Dyer

Staff/Student Name - Dr Adrian Dyer

2011

Project Title - Evolution of freshwater crayfish anti-predator responses to Platypus.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Prof. Jenny Davis

Staff/Student Name - Phillip De Zylva

Project Title - Microhabitats - climate variations.

Chief Investigator - Dr Peter Isaac

Staff/Student Name - Kerry Nice

Project Title - The effects of aquatic pollution on a desert-dwelling fish.

Chief Investigator - Dr Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - Krystina Mossop

Project Title - Hormones and hormone mimics and their effects on the reproductive behaviour and morphology of Mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki.

Chief Investigator - Dr Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - Dr Minna Saaristo

Project Title - Global invaders in a climate changing world.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Dr Paula Sardina

Project Title - Trial attachment of satellite tags to Princess Parrots (Polytelis alexandrae).

Chief Investigator - Dr Rohan Clarke

Staff/Student Name - Ashley Herrod

Project Title - Influences of multiple stressors on biodiversity and ecosystem function in urban wetlands.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Teresa Mackintosh

Project Title - Effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on the Ecological Health of Australian Waterways.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Michael Grace

Staff/Student Name - Dr Lawton Shaw

Project Title - Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments.

Chief Investigator - Dr Adrian Dyer

Staff/Student Name - Dr Adrian Dyer

2010

Project Title - Developmental sensitivity and acclimation to elevated salinity in South-East Australian anurans.

Chief Investigator - Dr Richard Reina

Staff/Student Name - Brian Kearney

Project Title - The influence of predatory odour cues on the behaviour of freshwater crayfish.

Chief Investigator - Prof. Jenny Davis

Staff/Student Name - Hiroki Burke

Project Title - Over-wintering of Argentine ants: Where do they go?

Chief Investigator - Dr David Chapple & Dr Kirsti Abbott

Staff/Student Name - Laura Simsen

Project Title - Can stream insects adapt to climatic change?

Chief Investigator - Prof. Jenny Davis & Dr Carla Sgro

Staff/Student Name - Sebastian Wojtas

Project Title - The effects of drought and re-wetting on Typha.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Mardiana Ali

Project Title - Evolutionary invasion biology of Lampropholis skinks.

Chief Investigator - Dr David Chapple

Staff/Student Name - Gillian Cromie

Project Title - Dispersal abilities of larval Mountain Galaxias (Galaxias Olidus).

Chief Investigator - Dr Nick Bond & Dr Robin Hale

Staff/Student Name - Tim Dexter

Project Title - Communal nesting in the Delicate Skink: Habitat saturation, conspecific cueing, or performance-based attraction?

Chief Investigator - Dr Sean Doody

Staff/Student Name - Phillip Paul

Project Title - The effect of leaf litter quality on the trophic interactions of freshwater crayfish.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Alexandra Walker

Project Title - Population dynamics and inter-wetland dispersal of the eastern long-neck turtle Chelodina longicollis in Melbourne's urban wetlands.

Chief Investigator - Prof. Jenny Davis & Dr Richard Reina

Staff/Student Name - Samantha Stapleton

Project Title - Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments.

Chief Investigator - Dr Adrian Dyer

Staff/Student Name - Dr Adrian Dyer

2009

Project Title - What makes a successful invasive species? A comparison of two sympatric skinks.

Chief Investigator - Dr David Chapple

Staff/Student Name - Sarah Simmonds

Project Title - Sexual signalling and parental care in a fish, the Australian Desert Goby.

Chief Investigator - Dr Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - Ulla Tuomainen & Emilia Sylvin

Project Title - Resources availability and yabby trophic dynamics.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Dr Dan Magoulick

Project Title - Impact of introduced mosquito fish on a native fish species, the Western Carp Gudgeon.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Dr Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - Melinda Greenwood

Project Title - The effects of a high flow event on establishing aquatic plants.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson, Dr Kay Morris & Dr Elisa Raulings

Staff/Student Name - Jennie Hellyer

Project Title - The influence of Typha on sediment biogeochemistry.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Mardiana Ali

Project Title - The impacts of low doses of heavy metals on macro-invertebrates, algal growth rathes and leaf litter decomposition in urban streams.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - Kate Stevenson

Project Title - Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments.

Chief Investigator - Dr Adrian Dyer

Staff/Student Name - Dr Adrian Dyer

2008

Project Title - Effect of flow on the exchange of solutes in benthic chambers placed over permeable sediments

Chief Investigator - Dr Perran Cook

Staff/Student Name - Katherine Noach

Project Title - Weaving the exotic Gambusia holbrooki into endemic food webs

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Dr Nick Bond

Staff/Student Name - Susie Ho

Project Title - Effects of dredging on the photosynthetic capacity of Heterozostera

Chief Investigator - Prof. John Beardall

Staff/Student Name - Kate Pritchard

Project Title - Sex Roles in Mating Bias in a Terrestrial Isopod (Porcellio scaber)

Chief Investigator - Dr Bob Wong & Assoc. Prof. Paul Sunnucks

Staff/Student Name - Daniel Decanini

Project Title - Effects of climate change and habitat fragmentation on moss-microarthropod ecosystems

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Assoc. Prof. Paul Sunnucks

Staff/Student Name - Giselle Perdomo

Project Title - Effects of invasive salmonids on galaxiid fishes

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson

Staff/Student Name - James Douglas

Project Title - Leaf Litter processing rates by yabbies

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Dr Paul Reich

Staff/Student Name - Darren Gilling

Project Title - The role of sexual signals in male-male competition and mate choice: reproductive behaviour in Nannoperca australis

Chief Investigator - Dr Nick Bond & Dr Bob Wong

Staff/Student Name - John Morrongiello & Huon Clark

Project Title - Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments.

Chief Investigator - Dr Adrian Dyer

Staff/Student Name - Dr Adrian Dyer

2007

Project Title - Dispersal activity and rate of selected Dytiscid beetles in response to aquatic habitat compression.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson, Dr Paul Reich & Prof. Sam Lake

Staff/Student Name - E. King

Project Title - Understanding responses to climate change: a mechanic approach intergrating functional genetics, physiology and biophysical models for the Common Brown Butterfly.

Chief Investigator - Assoc. Prof. Paul Sunnucks

Staff/Student Name - Melanie Norgate

Project Title - Effects of increasing CO2 on physiology of inorganic carbon acquisition by Heterozostera marina.

Chief Investigator - Prof. John Beardall

Staff/Student Name - Kate Pritchard

Project Title - Food web effects of disturbance-mediated Gambusia holbrooki population dynamics.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Dr Nick Bond

Staff/Student Name - Susie Ho

Project Title - Influences on and behaviour of dispersing Hypseleotris klunzingeri.

Chief Investigator - Dr Bob Wong & Dr Nick Bond

Staff/Student Name - Huon Clark

Project Title - Assessing effects of climate change and habitat fragmentation on dispersal in a moss-microarthropod model system.

Chief Investigator - Dr Ross Thompson & Assoc. Prof. Paul Sunnucks

Staff/Student Name - Fiona Melvin

Project Title - Experimentally induced life history variation in Southern Pygmy Perch

Chief Investigator - Dr Bob Wong & Dr Nick Bond

Staff/Student Name - John Morrongiello

Project Title - Colour visual processing by honeybees: solutions for decision making in complex environments.

Chief Investigator - Dr Adrian Dyer

Staff/Student Name - Michael Grant