News

2021

Masters student Kim Michael received the Australian Society of Herpetologists 2021 Grant 

2020

Honours student Deanne Trewartha received the Lirabenda Endowment Fund Research Grants 2020 from Field Naturalist Society of SA. The Lirabenda research grant was used for travel and equipment costs (data loggers) for my project on lineage specific thermal behaviours in pygmy bluetongues. Thanks to the funding we were able to purchase new data loggers and measure temperature and humidity over the active season (2020 to 2021), stay tuned for results! By quantifying pygmy bluetongue thermal behaviours and monitoring their persistence/variation in a new location, valuable insight for future translocations and increased understanding of the mechanisms behind translocation survival can be gained. This data can be applied beyond pygmy bluetongues, to potentially increase translocation success for similar species under threat from anthropogenic and climatic change.

Honours students Sarah Barker and Kendall Whitaker received Nature Foundation grants. Sarah will use the funds to conduct her research which will investigate the influence of habitat availability in natural and manipulated sites on social living in gidgee skinks. Kendall will use the funds to perform next-gen sequencing on pygmy blue-tongue MHC I and II loci.

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Manuscript on the diet of sand goanna (Varanus gouldii) has just come out in the IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians. Check it out here
Past Posts for the LEGS Website
May 2019

Hard times for sleepy lizards call for a dietary shift

Herman Slade Foundation awards grant to continue sleepy lizard survey

October 2018

Looking for the bobtail flu

Alice Springs, central insects sampling and the 49th Australian Entomological Society Conference

June 2018

Digitisation of the sleepy lizard long term dataset

September 2017

Robert Bustard visits sleepy and pygmy bluetongue lizard sites

July 2017

LEGS Honours student James Dorey makes lead article and front cover of Australian Geographic

June 2017

2017 Fiji trip yields large cache of biodiversity data

March 2017

Sad farewell to Dale Burzacott

January 2016

Stories from the field: A strange wasp encounter

December 2016

Vale Professor Mike Bull

August 2016

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