51 Works

Rates of dispersal of cane toads during their global invasion

Richard Shine, Ross Alford, Ryan Blennerhasset, Gregory Brown, Jayna DeVore, Simon Ducatez, Patrick Finnerty, Matthew Greenlees, Shannon Kaiser, Samantha McCann, Lachlan Pettit, Ligia Pizzatto, Lin Schwarzkopf, Georgia Ward-Fear & Benjamin Phillips
Invasions often accelerate through time, as dispersal-enhancing traits accumulate at the expanding range edge. How does the dispersal behaviour of individual organisms shift to increase rates of population spread? We collate data from 44 radio-tracking studies (in total, of 650 animals) of cane toads (Rhinella marina) to quantify distances moved per day, and the frequency of displacement in their native range (French Guiana) and two invaded areas (Hawai’i and Australia). Here we show that toads...

Taxonomic revision reveals potential impacts of Black Summer megafires on a cryptic species

Chris Jolly, Harry Moore, Mitchell Cowan, Teigan Cremona, Judy Dunlop, Sarah Legge, Grant Linley, Vivianna Miritis, John Woinarski & Dale Nimmo
Context: Sound taxonomy is the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. Without a fundamental understanding of species delimitations, as well as their distributions and ecological requirements, our ability to conserve them is drastically impeded. Cryptic species – two or more distinct species currently classified as a single species – present a significant challenge to biodiversity conservation. How do we assess the conservation status and address potential drivers of extinction if we are unaware of a species’ existence?...

Host genetics, phenotype and geography structure the microbiome of a foundational seaweed

Georgina Wood, Georgina Wood, Peter Steinberg, Alexandra Campbell, Adriana Verges, Melinda Coleman & Ezequiel Marzinelli
Interactions between hosts and their microbiota are critical to the functioning and resilience of eukaryotic macro-organisms. Critically, for hosts that play foundational roles in communities, understanding what drives these interactions is essential for informing restoration and conservation of entire ecosystems. Here, we investigated the relative influence of host traits and the surrounding environment on microbial communities associated with the foundational seaweed Phyllospora comosa. We collected data on 16 morphological and functional phenotypic traits, host genetics...

COVID casual in the Australian public sector: Professional attire in the age of remote working

Briony Lipton & Sulagna Basu

Dataset for 'Growth and metabolism of Chromera velia under hypercapnia'

Shymma Rahem

Different genes are recruited during convergent evolution of pregnancy and the placenta

Charles Foster, James Van Dyke, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Smith, Colin Simpfendorfer, Christopher Murphy & Camilla Whittington
The repeated evolution of the same traits in distantly related groups (convergent evolution) raises a key question in evolutionary biology: do the same genes underpin convergent phenotypes? Here, we explore one such trait, viviparity (live birth), which, qualitative studies suggest, may indeed have evolved via genetic convergence. There are 150 independent origins of live birth in vertebrates, providing a uniquely powerful system to test the mechanisms underpinning convergence in morphology, physiology, and/or gene recruitment during...

Engaging Physically Inactive Communities: Key Insights from Move It AUS Grant Programs

Lindsey J. Reece, Catriona L. Rose, Katherine Owen & Bridget C. Foley

Exploring a Potential Facilitating Role for Pain-Related Attentional Bias in Nocebo Hyperalgesia

Tessa Rooney
The nocebo effect comprises the negative counterpart of the placebo. This occurs when administration of an inert intervention, coupled with negative information or conditioning, results in the occurrence of negative effects. While the literature agrees on the importance of negative expectancies in activating nocebo effects, other potential factors remain relatively overlooked. The aim of the present study was to use a novel gaze-augmented dot-probe task to investigate whether pain-related attentional bias contributes to nocebo effects....

Shaping the Curriculum: Embedding Indigenous Cultural Competence in the Master of Business Administration

Guy Ford, Murphy Kate, Mantai Lilia, Abrate Luce, Ormond-Parker Lyndon & Kelly-Mundine Juanita
Through this document we invite you to discover the process which was followed to embed Indigenous Cultural Competence (ICC) across the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at The University of Sydney Business School. This includes the outputs developed during the process and practical guidance for other programs seeking to embed Indigenous Cultural Competence and improve Indigenous engagement.

Sport and Community Sector Insights: Engaging Physically Inactive Communities

Lindsey J. Reece, Catriona L. Rose, Katherine Owen & Bridget C. Foley

Move it AUS Better Ageing Grant; A national evaluation report

Catriona Rose, Lindsey J. Reece, Bridget C. Foley & Katherine Owen

Pharaonic Obsessions: Ancient Egypt, an Australian Story

Candace Richards
Pharaonic Obsessions: Ancient Egypt, an Australian Story explores the modern history of Egyptology through the lens of Australian collecting practices, showcasing the University of Sydney’s significant holdings of ancient Egyptian material culture. Conceptually divided into two themes, ‘objects of obsession’ and ‘sites of obsession’, this exhibition examines the stories of prominent Australians who helped shape the University’s collection, and investigates the reception of ancient Egyptian heritage in Australian society from the mid-19th to the mid-20th...

Future-proofing the koala: synergizing genomic and environmental data for effective species management

Matthew Lott, Belinda Wright, Linda Neaves, Greta Frankham, Siobhan Dennison, Mark Eldridge, Sally Potter, David Alquezar-Planas, Carolyn Hogg, Katherine Belov & Rebecca Johnson
Climatic and evolutionary processes are inextricably linked to conservation. Avoiding extinction in rapidly changing environments often depends upon a species’ capacity to adapt in the face of extreme selective pressures. Here, we employed exon capture and high-throughput next-generation sequencing to investigate the mechanisms underlying population structure and adaptive genetic variation in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), an iconic Australian marsupial that represents a unique conservation challenge because it is not uniformly threatened across its range. An...

Restoring faith in conservation action: maintaining wild genetic diversity through the Tasmanian devil insurance program

Elspeth McLennan, Katherine Farquharson, Yuanyuan Cheng, Lauren Alexander, Samantha Fox, Andrew Lee, Katherine Belov & Carolyn Hogg
Conservation breeding programs aim to maintain 90% wild genetic diversity, but rarely assess functional diversity. Here, we compare both genome-wide and functional diversity (in over 500 genes) of Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) within the insurance metapopulation and across the species’ range (64,519 km2). Populations have declined by 80% since 1996 due to a contagious cancer, devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). However, predicted local extinctions have not occurred. Recent suggestions of selection for “resistance” alleles in...

Richness and abundance of both butterflies and floral resources in residential gardens across southwestern Melbourne, Australia’s greater metropolitan area

Jessica Kurylo, Karl Evans, Kirsten Parris, Nicholas Williams & Caragh Threlfall
Wildlife gardening is a popular activity undertaken within residential areas. It is broadly promoted as a means of encouraging residents to make their gardens more ‘wildlife friendly’. While theory and anecdotal evidence suggest these schemes should be effective, quantitative evaluation of wildlife gardening practices and programs is lacking across most taxa they target. Our overall objective in collecting this data was to determine if there was a difference in butterfly richness or abundance between gardens...

Move it AUS Better Ageing Grant; A national evaluation report

Lindsey J. Reece, Catriona L Rose, Katherine Owen & Bridget C. Foley

Daniel Ogden. The Werewolf in the Ancient World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021

Alexandra Pinkham
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Phosphorus supply increases nitrogen transformation rates and retention in soil: a global meta-analysis

Ruzhen Wang, Bahareh Bicharanloo, Enqing Hou & Yong Jiang
Interactions between nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are important for plant growth and ecosystem carbon (C) sequestration. While effects of N supply on P dynamics have been much studied, much less is known about the opposite (P-effect on N). We conducted a meta-analysis by compiling a total of 1734 individual experimental observations from 116 peer-reviewed publications to assess P-addition effects on soil N dynamics. Globally, P additions increased the soil total N (TN) pool, potentially...

Counting the bodies: estimating the numbers and spatial variation of Australian reptiles, birds and mammals killed by two invasive mesopredators

Alyson Stobo-Wilson, Brett Murphy, Sarah Legge, Hernan Caceres-Escobar, David Chapple, Heather Crawford, Stuart Dawson, Chris Dickman, Tim Doherty, Patricia Fleming, Stephen Garnett, Matthew Gentle, Thomas Newsome, Russell Palmer, Matthew Rees, Euan Ritchie, James Speed, John-Michael Stuart, Andres Suarez-Castro, Eilysh Thompson, Ayesha Tulloch, Jeff Turpin & John Woinarski
Aim: Introduced predators negatively impact biodiversity globally, with insular fauna often most severely affected. Here, we assess spatial variation in the number of terrestrial vertebrates (excluding amphibians) killed by two mammalian mesopredators introduced to Australia, the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and feral cat (Felis catus). We aim to identify prey groups that suffer especially high rates of predation, and regions where losses to foxes and/or cats are most substantial. Location: Australia Methods: We draw information...

Roman Spectres

Candace Richards

Research-informed principles for a gender equitable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

Elizabeth Hill & Rae Cooper

What do women want from work post-pandemic? A qualitative study of women in Western Sydney.

Rae Cooper & Elizabeth Hill
This report shows that the working women of Western Sydney expect and want to work in good jobs that provide economic security for themselves and their families. They want access to high-quality flexible working options, and in 2022 they are especially interested in hybrid working arrangements. They want good care systems that are affordable, match the realities of their working lives, and allow them to meet both their economic and their family needs. Currently, they...

Country specific extinction-risk footprint details

Amanda Irwin

Country interaction matrix for territorial footprints

Amanda Irwin

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