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The homeless earless dragon?

The grassland earless dragon (Tympanocyrptis pinguicolla) is a small and feisty lizard. If only it was more like its ‘dragon’ namesake perhaps the battle to preserve habitat would be successful. As it stands, the earless dragon has suffered a large decline in population size and range due to development of its grassland habitat. Once found in large numbers across the landscape, this reptile is currently restricted to just three small areas. Scientists at the IAE are studying their genetics to

PhD opportunity in Soil-Plant Interactions and Invasive Species Ecology

We have an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD aimed at understanding the role of soil microbes in facilitating plant invasions. Invasive plant species can affect the ecosystems they invade by altering soil microbial communities, potentially leading to feedbacks that cause long-term and irreversible changes to both plant and soil communities.

We are seeking a motivated candidate to undertake a PhD aimed at uncovering how plant-soil interactions drive invasions in grasslands. The successful candidate will work alongside other researchers studying

Quality not just quantity

Why stemming deforestation in the Amazon isn’t enough …

Most people would consider policies designed to conserve 80% forest cover in the Amazon to be a success story. However, these forests may lose up to 54% of their potential conservation value from human disturbances in modified landscapes and within the remaining forest. The IAE’s Professor Ralph Mac Nally and a team of international scientists are the first to measure the combined effect of landscape change and within-forest disturbances in tropical