Student members of the group include: Dawn Dickinson, Juan Garibello, Bridget Johnson, Keren Raiter, Erika Roper, Mike Wysong and Peter Yeeles.

Dawn DickinsonDawn Dickinson

image of perth cityDawn joined the lab in 2014 and will examine cultural ecosystem services in the context of urban green space in Perth. Specifically, the study seeks to explore: how important ‘small’ areas of urban green space are to the provision of cultural ecosystem services to urban dwellers; whether ‘natural’ areas of urban green space differ in the cultural ecosystem services they provide; whether participation in stewardship activities affects cultural ecosystem services, and how important cultural ecosystem services derived from urban green space are to motivating stewardship. The current working title of Dawn's thesis is: A Social-Ecological Study of Urban Green Space in Perth, Western Australia: The Importance of Scale, Naturalness and Stewardship. > read more or contact Dawn

Juan GaribelloJuan Garibello

image of veldt grass seed headsJuan commenced a PhD in 2011 analyzing the influence of plant traits on the performance of woody natives competing with the perennial veldt grass (Ehrharta calycina) in Banksia woodlands. Juan's PhD thesis: 'Interactions between native and non-native species in south-western Australia during early restoration', was submitted in June 2016 and is currently under examination. >read more or contact Juan

Keren RaiterKeren Raiter

image of Great Western WoodlandsKeren is a PhD candidate interested in integrating ecological insights into policy and planning for improved decision making and conservation outcomes. She currently investigates mining-related disturbances across relatively intact landscapes with a focus on 'enigmatic ecological impacts': ecological impacts of development that are not systematically accounted for in impact evaluations, and that undermine the potential for successful impact mitigation. Keren’s PhD thesis: ‘Mitigating mining's enigmatic ecological impacts in Australia’s Great Western Woodlands’ was submitted in Jan 2016 and is currently under examination. > read more or contact Keren

Erika RoperErika Roper

image attributed to wolfhound2000Erika joined the lab in 2015 and will investigate how the forest red-tailed black-cockatoo has adapted to the urban environment. Her project will focus on the range expansion into urban areas, the use of novel resources such as exotic foods, the modification of anti-predator behaviours, and the urban environment as novel habitat for red-tailed black-cockatoos. The findings of this study will provide detailed information on behavioural modification caused by urbanisation, and will increase our understanding of the effect of urbanisation on the forest red-tailed black-cockatoo. The current working title of Erika's thesis is: The adaptation of the forest red-tailed black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) to the urban environment on the Swan Coastal Plain. > read more or contact Erika

Mike WysongMike Wysong

image of wa islandMike is a PhD candidate who joined the group in March 2012 from the United States. Prior to joining the group, Mike worked in the field of natural resources management in Hawaii over a period of ten years. Mike's research focuses on top-down predator ecology in the semi-arid rangelands of Western Australia. His research examines the temporal, spatial, and dietary interaction between feral cats and dingoes on Lorna Glen station, a 244,000 ha former pastoral leave managed jointly by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Wiluna aboriginal community. Mike's PhD thesis 'Predator ecology in the arid rangelands of Western Australia: Spatial interactions and resource competition between an apex predator, the dingo Canis dingo and an introduced mesopredator, the feral cat Felis catus', was submitted in March 2016 and is currently under examination. > read more or contact Mike

Peter YeelesPeter Yeeles

Peter joined the lab in October 2013 and is working in conjunction with the UWA School of Animal Biology Insect Ecology and Management group. Peter’s research primarily focuses on assessing the contribution of functional trait and species diversity to the performance of multiple ecological functions. Using ants as his model taxon, Peter is also planning to use the project to further knowledge of the drivers of ant diversity in restored york gum woodlands. The current working title of Peter’s thesis is: Ant diversity and performance of ecological function in a restoration context: drivers, mechanisms, multi-functionality and trade-offs during habitat regeneration. > read more or contact Peter

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