CRN Water Sciences: Marine Science & Coastal Ecology
A/Prof Thomas Schlacher, University of the Sunshine Coast,
[email protected], www.usc.edu.au;
Prof Rod Connolly, Griffith University, [email protected], www.gu.edu.au
Prof Rod Connolly -- food webs, resilience, connectivity, estuaries, fishes, marine reserves;
A/Prof Thomas Schlacher -- sandy beach ecosystems, ecology of interface regions, food webs, deep-sea, carrion and scavengers;
A/Prof Dave Schoeman -- climate change ecology, beaches, adaptations, marine reserves;
Dr Chantal Huijbers -- fish ecology, movements, coastal scavengers and urbanisation; MPAs;
Dr Mike Weston -- wildlife ecology, coastal birds, human-wildlife interactions, conservation;
Dr Andrew Olds - seascape ecology and connectivity, ecological resilience, marine reserves and conservation planning, fish and fisheries ecology
A/Prof Mohammad Katouli -- microbial ecology and pathogenesis, source tracking, water quality;
Postgraduate Student Opportunities
Which of these research projects and ideas will you be part of?
1.) Extreme trophic subsidies: when island biogeography meets food-web ecology on remote Pacific Islands.
2.) Measuring the pace of climate change effects: thermal biology meets range-edge models in ghost crabs.
3.) Connectivity and resilience in ecosystems: what makes natural systems resist and recover from disturbance?
4.) A global perspective on cross-boundary exchanges: inter-habitat comparisons of organic carbon processing.
5.) Cane toads as invasive predators at the land-ocean interface: consequences for the transfer of organic matter.
6.) Whole ecosystem effects of scavengers: some serious scaling-up of food-web experiments.
7.) Assembly rules for scavenger guilds: testing fundamental processes in ecology with new models.
8.) Reserves and cross-boundary fluxes: the many faces of connectivity in achieving conservation success in marine systems.
9.) The ecology of surf-zone fishes on sandy beaches: brining new technologies to a high-energy environment.
10.) Putrefaction and carrion palatability: how much do scavengers care about microbiology?
11.) Food-web effects of apex predators: are introduced foxes functionally equivalent to dingos on sandy beaches?
12.) More to land-ocean gradients: estuaries as scavenging corridors in the coastal zone.
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS in 2013
Schlacher T.A., Baco A.R., Rowden, A.A., O'Hara T.D., Clark MR., Kelley C., Dower J.F. (2013), Seamount benthos in a cobalt-rich crust region of the central Pacific: conservation cha =llenges for future seabed mining. Diversity and Distributions. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12142
Burfeind D.D., Pitt K.A., Connolly R.M., Byers J.E. (2013) Performance of non-native species within marine reserves. Biological Invasions, 15: 17-28.
Poloczanska E.S., Brown C.J., Sydeman, W.J., Kiessling W., Schoeman D.S., Moore P.J., Brander K. Bruno J.F., Buckley L.B., Burrows M.T, Duarte C.M., Halpern B.S., Holding J., Kappel C.V., O'Connor M.I., Pandolfi J.M., Parmesan C., Schwing F., Thompson S.A., Richardson A.J. (2013) Global imprint of climate change on marine life. Nature Climate Change, DOI 10.1038/NCLIMATE1958.
Weston, M.A., McLeod, E. M., Blumstein, D. T. & Guay, P.J. (2012) A review of flight-initiation distances and their application to managing disturbance to Australian birds, Emu 112: 269-286.
Huijbers C.M., Schlacher T.A., Schoeman D.S., Weston M.A., Connolly R.M. (2013) Urbanisation alters processing of marine carrion on sandy beaches. Landscape and Urban Planning 119:1-8
Olds A.D., Albert S., Maxwell P.S., Pitt K.A., Connolly R.M. (2013) Mangrove-reef connectivity promotes the effectiveness of marine reserves across the western Pacific. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22:1040-1049
A/Prof Thomas Schlacher
University of the Sunshine Coast
Prof Rod Connolly (Griffith University):
From least greatest (10) to greatest greatest (1), the poems in this list are limited to ones originally written in the English language and which are under 50 lines, excluding poems like Homer’s Iliad and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Raven.” Each poem is followed by some brief analysis. Many good poems and poets had to be left off of this list. In the comments section below, feel free to make additions or construct your own lists. You can also submit analyses of classic poetry to [email protected] They will be considered for publication on this website.
10. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Meaning of the Poem.
This poem deals with that big noble question of “How to make a difference in the world?” On first reading, it tells us that the choice one makes really does matter, ending: “I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”