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Environmental Futures Network

The University of Adelaide Australia

Working Group Projects (WGPs)

rounds index Since mid 2005, the network has run 3 calls for funding under the Working Group Projects scheme and a special 'small' Working Group Project (12mth) with a total dollar committment of $865,868. These projects are typically funded for a maxiumum of three years with each year of funding being contingent on outcomes.

Below are the list of successful projects, with additional information, such as contacts and outcomes found by clicking on the project title.

Round Project and CI(s) Amount awarded
1 Coping with change: resilience of marine social-ecological systems
Professor Terry Hughes, Coral Reef Centre of Excellence, James Cook University
1 Recent Human Impact on Australian Ecosystems (OZPACS)
Dr Peter Gell, University of Ballarat
1 Multidisciplinary approaches to key Australian biodiversity challenges of 2010 and beyond.
Dr Dan Faith, The Australian Museum, NSW
1 Plant exploitation and domestication east of the Wallace Line: movement, manipulation and management of plant biodiversity
Dr Tim Denham, Monash University, School of Geography & Environmental Science
1 Land-Ocean correlation of long Quaternary records from the southern hemisphere on orbital and sub-orbital timescales
Professor Peter Kershaw, Monash University
1 An ecological history of Australia's temperate marine environments: accounting for the shifting baseline syndrome
Dr Sean Connell, University of Adelaide, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
2 Integrating historical, ecological, molecular and geographic data to reconcile Australian Biotic radiations - using eucalypts and song birds as a case study.
Prof David Bowman, Charles Darwin University
2 Human-land interactions of Australia's earliest inhabitants: adaptation and impact.
Prof Jim Bowler, University of Melbourne
2 Relief v Antarctic ice: passive or active drivers of Cenozoic climatic change
Prof Jim Bolwer, Univesity of Melbourne
$ 5,000
2 Evolutionary history of the Australian biota
Dr Margaret Byrne, CALM; Prof David Bowman, University of Tasmania; and Dr David Yeates, CSIRO Entomology
  Evolution of short-range endemic taxa associated with troglobitic and groundwater
Prof Andy Austin, University of Adelaide, Dr Steve Cooper, SA Museum & Dr Bill Humphreys, WA Museum.
3 Habitat reconstruction and restoration: securing biodiversity assets in the face of climate change
A/Prof David Paton, University of Adelaide, Prof Andy Lowe, Dept. for Environment and Heritage & Prof Bob Hill, University of Adelaide
3 Role of Melanesia in the diversification of the Australian terrestrial biota
Dr Ken Aplin, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems; Prof Steve Donnellan, SA Museum; and Prof Arthur Georges, University of Canberra
4 SahulTime: An Interactive Exploration of Australia's Cultural and Natural History
Aim(s): Dissemination of EFN Network knowledge as a publicly accessible visual resource for education, environmental management and academic study.
Tim Denham, Monash University
4 Adelaide Conference on Mathematical Evolutionary Biology 2008. Inaugural.
Aim(s): To bring together mathematicians and evolutionary biologists from around Australia, and internationally, to initiate collaborative research projects through the discussion of current research problems and approaches. Topics to be discussed include biomathematical approaches to climate change and biodiversity, phylogeny and taxonomy, and environmental change (eg human impact). It will serve to attract international researchers to Australia, and attract high quality students via meeting attendance and new collaborative research projects.
Alan Cooper, University of Adelaide, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
4 The evolution of dispersal and population growth rate in range-shifting populations.
Aim(s): To develop spatially-explicit models describing the effect of range-shift on the evolution of dispersal ability and population growth rate and to marry these models to data.
Ben Phillips & Gregory Brown, Tropical Ecology Research Facility, School of Biological Science, University of Sydney
4 Understanding the Drivers of Biodiversity Gradients: Towards a Process-Based Approach
To develop novel, process-based approaches to understanding regional variation in biodiversity.
Sean Connolly, James Cook Univesity, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Marine & Tropical Biology
4 Southern Connections and Convergences: climate, environment and cultural adaptations in the cool temperate southern hemisphere.
Aim(s): To bring together a working group of scientists and scholars with comparative interests in the deep environmental and cultural history (late Pleistocene through Holocene and into the historical period) of the three cool temperate regions of the south Pacific: Tasmania, southern New Zealand and southern Chile.
A. Anderson & Simon Haberle, Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Australian National University.
5 An interactive identification guide to Australian invertebrates for students, ecologists, and environmental agencies and assessment companies.
A. Austin, The University of Adelaide

Expanding the national and global implications our frameowrk: a climate data tool, a first product for the global 'biodiversity observation network' (GEO BON).
D. Faith. Australian Museum

5 Added modules on the SahulTime: An interactive Exploration of Australia's Cultural and Natural History
T. Denham, Monash University
6 Assessing the potential of the palaeontological resource in southern Australia.
B. Hill, University of Adelaide l & T. Flannery.
7 Development of a symposia on plant systematics and evolution to feature in the International Botanical Congress program 2011
B. Hill & M. Byrne, Western Australian Herbarium.
7 A database of Cretaceous and Cenozoic plant fossil localities and their contents as a web resource.
B. Hill, University of Adelaide
7 An interactive identification guide to Austrlian invertebrates for students, ecologists, and environmental agencies and assessment companies.
A. Austin, The University of Adelaide
8 A tasmanian on-line dendrochronology database and collection Tasmanian wood samples.
D. Bowman, University of Tasmania
8 Continue work on developing an understandign of e-Research applications for ECRs in Australia utilising the Australasian Pollen and spore Atlas (APSA: Part 2).
S. Haberle, Australian National University
8 Surviving a dustry Ice Age - identifying the impacts of a biotic response to climate change in Quaternary Australia.
A.Cooper and J. Austin, University of Adelaide, S. Donnellan, SA Museum.
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