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Data From: Winter mortality of a passerine bird increases following hotter summers and during winters with higher maximum temperatures

Lei Lv, Martijn Van De Pol, Helen L. Osmond, Yang Liu, Andrew Cockburn & Loeske E. B. Kruuk
Climate change influences animal population dynamics via effects on survival or reproduction. However, attributing changes in mortality to specific climate variables is challenging as it is often not known exactly when individuals died within a year. Here, we investigated climate effects on adult mortality in Australian superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus). Over a 27-year period, mortality outside the breeding season nearly doubled. This non-breeding season mortality increased with both lower minimum and higher maximum temperatures in...

ShoreView Continuous Geo-referenced Imagery and Data

Norman Duke, Jock Mackenzie, Adam Canning & Franz Eilert
The overall project strategy is called the Coastal Health Archive and Monitoring Program (CHAMP). High resolution panolapse imagery & overlapping images with continuous views of the intertidal shorelines of northern tropical Australia. The category of data includes - aerial shoreline imagery - the extent acquired over the last decade has been approximately 10,000 km from Broome to Cairns, including key islands in Torres Strait. Imagery have been collected using high resolution cameras from low flying...

Data from: Fine intervals are required when using point intercept transects to assess coral reef status

Chao-Yang Kuo, Chen-Han Tsai, Ya-Yi Huang, Wei Khang Heng, An-Tzi Hsiao, Hernyi Justin Hsieh & Chaolun Allen Chen
The Point Intercept Transect (PIT) method has commonly been used in recent decades for estimating the status of coral reef benthic communities. It is a simple method that is efficiently performed underwater, as benthic components are recorded only as presence or absence at specific interval points along transects. Therefore, PIT is also popular in citizen science activities such as Reef Check programs. Longer intervals are commonly associated with longer transects, yet sampling interval length can...

A general swimming response in exhausted obligate swimming fish

Gil Iosilevskii, Jacinta Kong, Carl Meyer, Yuuki Watanabe, Yannis Papastamatiou, Mark Royer, Itsumi Nakamura, Katsufumi Sato, Thomas Doyle, Luke Harman, Jonathan Houghton, Adam Barnett, Jayson Semmens, Niall Ó Maoléidigh, Alan Drumm, Ross O'Neill, Daniel Coffey & Nicholas Payne
Marine organisms normally swim at elevated speeds relative to cruising speeds only during strenuous activity, such as predation or escape. We measured swimming speeds of 29 ram ventilating sharks from 10 species and of three Atlantic bluefin tunas immediately after exhaustive exercise (fighting a capture by hook-and-line), and unexpectedly found all individuals exhibited a uniform mechanical response, with swimming speed initially 2 times higher than the cruising speeds reached approximately 6 hours later. We hypothesised...

Draft Genome Sequence (Prawn Industrial Transformation Research Hub)

Roger Huerlimann
Data related to the construction of a genome and transcriptome for the black tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon.

JCU Barramundi Genomics Research

Dean Jerry
A data repository for barramundi related projects from the aquaculture genetics group at JCU.

MangroveWatch Coastal Habitat Assessment & Monitoring Portal (CHAMP)

Norman Duke, Jock Mackenzie, Adam Canning & Franz Eilert
The project strategy is called the Coastal Health Archive and Monitoring Program (CHAMP). High resolution panolapse imagery & overlapping images with continuous views of the intertidal shorelines of Australasia. This category of ShoreView data includes - small vessel estuarine and shoreline imagery - the extent has been around 2000 km in total from multiple sites around the country. For example, surveys have been undertaken from 8 Southern GBR estuaries between Gladstone and Hervey Bay. Data...

Silver-Lipped Pearl Oyster Advanced Animal Breeding (POAAB)

David Jones
Data related to a series of ARC Linkage grants focusing on developing advanced genetic breeding programs for the silver-lipped pearl oyster, Pinctada maxima.

Coral Sea - Coral Reef Health Project: In Situ measurements of water temperature and current flow

Severine Choukroun, Morgan Pratchett, Andrew Hoey & Hugo Harrison
The Coral Sea is a critically important and environmentally significant ecosystem, which (like coral reefs globally) is increasingly threatened by changing environmental conditions, and especially, ocean warming. Extensive surveys were conducted throughout 2018 and 2019 across 18 reefs in the Coral Sea Marine Park (CSMP), extending from Boot Reef in the north (9.9o latitude) to Cato Reef in the south (23.2oS). This is the most extensive survey ever undertaken of shallow reef environments in the...

Estimating the extended and hidden species diversity from environmental DNA in hyper-diverse regions

Jean-Baptiste Juhel, Virginie Marques, Rizkie Utama, Indra Vimono, Hagi Sugeha, Kadarusman Kadarusman, Christophe Cochet, Tony Dejean, Andrew Hoey, David Mouillot, Régis Hocdé & Laurent Pouyaud
Species inventories are the building blocks of our assessment of biodiversity patterns and human impact. Yet, historical inventories based on visual observations are often incomplete impairing subsequent analyses of ecological mechanisms, extinction risk and management success. Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding is an emerging tool that can provide wider biodiversity assessments than classical visual-based surveys. However, eDNA-based inventories remain limited by sampling effort and reference database incompleteness. In this study, we propose a new framework coupling...

Geophysical and geochemical evidence for a new mafic magmatic province within the Northwest Shelf of Australia: Supplementary material

Christopher Yule & Carl Spandler
Buried magmatic provinces are rarely identified and difficult to classify. The Northwest Shelf of Australia contains large volumes of potentially interconnected mafic igneous material across several sedimentary basins. However, limited study and a lack of surface exposure have prevented detailed description and classification of these rocks. In this study, the distribution and composition of these mafic igneous rocks is described using an integrated geophysical and geochemical approach, which included over 10,000 km of 2D historical...

Leaf, stem, and root stable carbon isotope ratios and gas exchange data for 452 plants

Lucas Cernusak
This dataset contains a compilation of stable carbon isotope ratios in leaves, stems, and roots for tree saplings and associated gas exchange data. It was used in a book chapter to test whether the relationship between carbon isotope discrimination and the ratio of intercellular to ambient carbon dioxide concentrations differs between leaves and woody tissues. The book chapter is entitled 'Carbon isotope effects in relation to CO2 assimilation by tree canopies' authored by Lucas A....

Epigenetics underpins phenotypic plasticity of protandrous sex change in fish

Alyssa Budd, Julie Robins, Olivia Whybird & Dean Jerry
Phenotypic plasticity is an important driver of species resilience. Often mediated by epigenetic changes, phenotypic plasticity enables individual genotypes to express variable phenotypes in response to environmental change. Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) is a protandrous (male-first) sequential hermaphrodite that exhibit plasticity in length-at-sex change between geographic regions. This plasticity is likely to be mediated by changes in DNA methylation (DNAm), a well-studied epigenetic modification. However, region-specific relationships between length, sex and DNAm in sequential hermaphrodites were...

Seagrass experts' and managers' vulnerability scores

Riccardo Losciale

Climate Change Resilience Tools for Coral Reef Managers: connectivity of the Hawaiian Archipelago over 20 years and the Florida track over 10 years

Severine Choukroun, Scott Heron, Johnathan Kool, Malcolm Heron, Erick Geiger, Jacqueline De La Cour, Gang Liu & C. Mark Eakin
Connectivity among coral reefs has been identified as a critically important factor in resilience, specifically in regard to recovery from disturbance. NOAA Coral Reef Watch has developed maps identifying the level of importance of specific reefs in Hawai'i and Florida for potential re-seeding of other reefs following disturbance. These Connectivity tools directly contribute to new and ongoing resilience assessments and planning of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), MPA networks, and other conservation strategies. Potential connectivity among...

Data from: Composition of a chemical signalling trait varies with phylogeny and precipitation across an Australian lizard radiation

Stephen Zozaya, Luisa Teasdale, Craig Moritz, Megan Higgie & Conrad Hoskin
The environment presents challenges to the transmission and detection of animal signalling systems, resulting in selective pressures that can drive signal divergence among populations in disparate environments. For chemical signals, climate is a potentially important selective force because factors such as temperature and moisture influence the persistence and detection of chemicals. We investigated an Australian lizard radiation (Heteronotia) to explore relationships between a sexually dimorphic chemical signalling trait (epidermal pore secretions) and two key climate...

Food for thought: Barro Colorado Island frugivore home range summaries

Shauhin Alavi, Roland Kays, Ben Hirsch, Rasmus Havmøller, Damien Caillaud & Margaret Crofoot
This dataset consists of home-range area summaries of four species of frugivores on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, including 12 kinkajou (Potos flavus), 16 white-nosed coati (Nasua narica), 8 white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus), and 8 spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). Summaries include effective sample sizes (DOF) as well as parameter estimates (in hectares) including upper and lower confidence intervals. Metadata for each individual are provided including their indivdual ID and species ID. The summaries of the...

Satellite telemetry data for Egyptian Geese in southern Africa

Graeme Cumming, Dominic Henry, Chevonne Reynolds & Mduduzi Ndlovu
This archive contains all currently available satellite GPS telemetry data for Egyptian Geese in southern Africa over the period from 2008 to 2016. The data were collected with two primary aims: (1) to understand the movement ecology of this species; (2) to better evaluate the potential role of Egyptian Geese in spreading avian influenza in southern Africa. Data colelction was undertaken in several phases. The first phase focused on just three sites (Manyame, Barberspan, Strandfontein)...

The interplay of fungal and bacterial microbiomes on rainforest frogs following a disease outbreak

Donald McKnight, Roger Huerlimann, Deborah Bower, Lin Schwarzkopf, Ross Alford & Kyall Zenger
Emerging infectious diseases are a serious threat to wildlife populations, and there is growing evidence that host microbiomes play important roles in infection dynamics, possibly even mitigating diseases. Nevertheless, most research on this topic has focused only on bacterial microbiomes, while fungal microbiomes have been largely neglected. To help fill this gap in our knowledge, we examined both the bacterial and fungal microbiomes of four sympatric Australian frog species which had different population-level responses to...

Laying low: Rugged lowland rainforest preferred by feral cats in the Australian wet tropics

Tom Bruce, Stephen Williams, Rajan Amin, Felicity L’Hotellier & Ben Hirsch
Invasive mesopredators are responsible for the decline of many species of native mammals worldwide. Feral cats have been causally linked to multiple extinctions of Australian mammals since European colonisation. While feral cats are found throughout Australia, most research has been undertaken in arid habitats, thus there is a limited understanding of feral cat distribution, abundance, and ecology in Australian tropical rainforests. We carried out camera-trapping surveys at 108 locations across seven study sites, spanning 200...

JCU Wildlife Genomics

Kyall Zenger
This repository is a hub for various wildlife projects led by Kyall Zenger from 2015 till present. Data is associated with the following projects: Genomic comparisons reveal biogeographic and anthropogenic impacts in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus): a dietary-specialist species distributed across heterogeneous environments. Genome-wide SNP loci reveal novel insights into koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) population variability across its range. Domestication in Aquaculture Fishes- Elucidating the Genetic Consequences in Nile Tilapia The behavioural and molecular ecologies of...

Ensemble modelling of particle tracker to provide a probabilistic approach to COTS dispersal

Severine Choukroun & Michael Bode
Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) outbreaks spread on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) through dispersal of larvae on ocean currents. Understanding, measuring and predicting how larvae are dispersed is vital to both modelling COTS outbreaks on the GBR, and controlling those outbreaks effectively. Despite its central importance, modelling COTS larva dispersal remains challenging due to the scarcity of knowledge on their biology and behaviour and the complex water circulation. This project applied an ensemble model approach, incorporating...

Prioritising threatened species and threatening processes across northern Australia: dataset

Anna Pintor, Mark Kennard, Jorge Álvarez-Romero, Stephanie Hernandez & Jeremy VanDerWal
Northern Australia’s unique and rich biodiversity faces numerous threatening processes. Currently, there is limited knowledge of i) the distribution of species of conservation concern across northern Australia, ii) their level of exposure to various threats and iii) their vulnerability as a result of exposure and differential sensitivity to threats. These knowledge gaps severely limit the efficiency and adequacy of conservation actions and simultaneously create uncertainty for sustainable development in the North. This project aimed to...

The Minke Whale Project

R Alastair Birtles, Matthew Curnock, Susan Sobtzick, Peter Arnold & Peter Valentine
The Minke Whale Project (based at James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia) conducts multi-disciplinary research into dwarf minke whale biology and behaviour, the social and economic values of the whales and the sustainable management of swim-with-whales tourism. The MWP research team works collaboratively with the GBR swim-with-minke whales tourism industry, Reef managers and wildlife conservation NGOs. Dwarf minke whales visit the northern Great Barrier Reef each austral winter, forming the only known predictable aggregation of...

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...

Registration Year

  • 2022

Resource Types

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  • James Cook University
  • Earthwatch Institute
  • Australian National University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Sydney
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • University of Adelaide
  • Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
  • VU University Amsterdam