Head to page 38/39 to see our research featured in the Australian Research Council’s 2019 ‘Making a Difference‘ publication
News feature: ‘Minesite restoration overlooks fauna: study’ in the National Mining Chronicle ” Animals are often assumed to return to the area of a minesite following its closure and the return of vegetation, however, in practice restoring animal communities and biodiversity can be exceptionally challenging” You can read the full article here.
I’ve just launched my online store! If you like my photography, and wish to purchase a print, check out http://www.sophiecrossphotography.com Custom print options also available.
Our recent paper “Overlooked and undervalued: the neglected role of fauna and a global bias in ecological restoration assessments” calls for new mining rules to protect animals in site restorations. You can find the full paper and media release here: https://news.curtin.edu.au/…/curtin-study-calls-for-new-mi…/ http://www.publish.csiro.au/pc/PC18079
Responses of animals to mine site restoration are often overlooked in favour of vegetation surveys. Animals are generally assumed to landscapes following the return of vegetation, however in practice this is rarely the case. My recent paper “Overlooked and undervalued: the nelected role of fauna and a global bias in ecological restoration assessments” reviews theContinue reading “New publication!”
Head over to Australian Geographic’s Reader photo archives to see our sites resident yellow spotted monitor!
Growing up to 2.5m in length, Perentie’s (Varanus giganteus) are Australia’s largest lizard species, and one of my absolute favourite species of varanid. They have incredibly distinctive markings on their throats, which they like to puff out (along with the occasional hiss) to let you know you’re an unwelcome visitor. These perenties were found inContinue reading “Australia’s largest lizard!”
Spring is kicking in, and the reptiles have started to emerge again! One of my favourites to see around is the resident yellow spotted monitor (Varanus panoptes) that lives in a disused area of our site. This monitor is exceptionally wary, and disappears down its burrow when approached, or if it sees human movement, andContinue reading “The first herps of the season are emerging!”
Gecko’s are some of my favourite reptiles to find while out herping, partly because every species seem to have their own beautiful and unique eye colouration. Here’s a couple of the incredible species we have out in the Mid West of Western Australia. Diplodactylus pulcher Strophurus strophurus Rhynchoedura ornata Heteronotia binoei Gehyra variegata
Lozenge marked dragons (Ctenophorus scutulatus) are a common species in Mid West Western Australia. This Juvenile was found making the most of the last few days of summer earlier this year. Juveniles often have very vibrant and distinctive patterning.