Pygmy blue tongue lizard research featured by Conservation Council of South Australia

We were pretty chuffed that the Conservation Council of SA recently shone a spotlight on the PBTs and the translocation and captive husbandry aspects of the lab’s conservation-based research. Raising awareness and getting the wider community involved is ever important for ensuring the success of future conservation measures. Read the blog post here.

Gidgee skinks their social lives on video

The SCOPE team filmed Mike Gardner plus postgraduate students telling children about the fascinating lives of these social lizards. Have a look here.

Pygmy Blue tongue lizards in the spotlight for budding scientists

Check out the segment by the children’s science program SCOPE on pygmy blue tongue research conducted by LEGS PhD student Lucy Clive in collaboration with University of Adelaide’s Dr. Marc Jones.

Sleepy lizard research across the decades

ABC’s Ann Jones has put together a fascinating piece on the life of the Sleepy lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) and the story of the 34 year study led by Prof. Mike Bull and Dale Burzacott which has informed much of what is known about this  unusual lizard and more broadly, sociality in reptiles. Read the article or listen to the segment.

Congratulations to Scotty Groom

Scott Groom completed his PhD in the LEGS lab in 2015 and was a finalist in the prestigious South Australian Research Excellence Awards. Scotty is now a postdoc at Kyoto University and was recently interviewed bout his current research and his doctoral work. You can view the interview here.

Undergraduate/Honours expeditions to Fiji for bee/biosecurity research

In April/May 2016 Mike Schwarz and Mark Stevens took a group of Honours and PhD students to Fiji for research projects on bees and pollination in tropical ecosystems, funded by the Australian Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan. The students set up a Facebook page to report on this expedition which you can view here. Flinders University has also reported on this scheme here, and you can read student blogs here.

Native bees and climate change

PhD student Rebecca Dew has recently published a study showing that one Austalian native bee has benefitted from warming climates since the last glacial maximum, about 18,000 years ago. But the news is not all good, some bees may benefit from warmer climates, but others will suffer. You can read a report on Beck’s study here.