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Jayna Devore
Dr Jayna Devore has joined Rick Shine’s group to follow her interest in non-native species invasions. Jayna completed her BSc(Hons) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a PhD in wildlife ecology at the University of Georgia. “For my dissertation I studied the effects of invasion by an Asian grass on forest floor food webs,” said Jayna.
Dr Jayna Devore has joined Rick Shine’s group to follow her interest in non-native species invasions. Jayna completed her BSc(Hons) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a PhD in wildlife ecology at the University of Georgia. “For my dissertation I studied the effects of invasion by an Asian grass on forest floor food webs,” said Jayna.  

“I documented influences that ranged from below-ground biogeochemical effects to changes in the performance of higher level consumers such as amphibians.” She then moved on to a postdoc focusing on invasive macroalga in intertidal mudflat communities.

At the University of Sydney, Jayna will be looking into how cane toads evolve during the invasion process. “I'm hoping to investigate the relative roles of evolution and phenotypic plasticity in allowing toads to adjust to new and variable environments, especially in the context of predator defence.” 

“I am excited by the opportunity to work on a research project that will allow me to explore a new field while using skill sets that I have developed during previous research projects.”
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CONGRATULATIONS
Robert Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award
Professor Rick Shine has been awarded the Robert Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award from the Ecological Society of America for 2014. This award recognises his extraordinary accomplishments in ecology. Congratulations Rick and enjoy the travel funds, wherever they take you!
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Helen Beh Citizenship Award
Awarded annually to the Science student who has contributed most to the Faculty of Science’s non-academic activities and interests, this year the Helen Beh Citizenship Award goes to Lizzy Lowe.
Awarded annually to the Science student who has contributed most to the Faculty of Science’s non-academic activities and interests, this year the Helen Beh Citizenship Award goes to Lizzy Lowe.

This award recognises Lizzy’s work on the School of Biological Sciences Postgraduate Committee, as well her contributions as a volunteer at School events. This prize will be awarded at the Faculty’s Awards Evening on 6 August. This award is well deserved, thank you for all your contributions Lizzy.
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ARC Linkage Grants
Two projects in the School of Biological Sciences have been successful in the latest round of ARC Linkage funding. Congratulations to the lead researchers, Dr Mat Crowther and Dr Shawn Wilder.
Read more about Mat’s project called Rehabilitating a Changing Landscape: using the latest advances in koala ecology to direct adaptive management’. 
More on Shawn's project, ‘Dining with Dasyurids: using nutritional geometry to improve diets for captive breeding programs’ to come.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Congratulations
Charles Perkins Centre Officially Open
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CHARLES PERKINS CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPEN
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A delicious Head of School morning tea was held last month in the newly opened Charles Perkins Centre. Members of the School of Biological Sciences were treated to fantastic views, shiny new facilities and the hospitality of Academic Director, Professor Steve Simpson. For more on the Charles Perkins Centre opening read here.
MEDIA
Peruse this long and diverse list of media coverage on topics from dinosaurs to rats; chips to brain-evolution; apex predators to hungry locusts and more.
ECOS Magazine | Aaron Greenville
Following the plot: the value of long-term ecological monitoring

boingboing | Steve Simpson and David Raubenheimer
Obesity driven by overconsumption of protein-mimicking carbs and fats

The Armidale Express | Kickstart on the Road
Kickstart in science for students

ABC South Coast WA | Peter Banks
You not-so dirty rat

Daily Telegraph | Mathew Crowther
 
Zeit Online | Steve Simpson and David Raubenheimer
Wer Chips isst, will in Wahrheit Fleisch

Northern Territory News | Mathew Crowther
Our native dog

The Weekend Australian | Steve Simpson
Medical research boost ‘may not be a blessing’

The Land | Ben Oldroyd
Quarantine delays sting beekeeper

The Courier Mail | Rick Shine
Medical marvels: from faeces to fertility, a week of discovery

The Economic Times (India) | Rick Shine
Walking upright helped humans develop complex brain? 

The Economist | Madeleine Beekman
Power down

Australian Financial Review | Madeleine Beekman
Why men are the weaker sex: dud cells

Huffington Post | Mathew Crowther
Koalas hug tree trunks to stay cool in hot weather, study shows

The Guardian | Rick Shine
Alarm raised after cane toad-like species discovered in Melbourne

The Australian | Steve Simpson
Uni launches brave bid to cure humanity

The Age | Steve Simpson
Look beyond fat and sugar to solve the world’s obesity epidemic

Sydney Morning Herald | Steve Simpson
Researchers put their heads together in honour of Perkins

Radio National | Thomas Newsome
Farmers lobby for longer dog fence

Ninemsn | Neville Firth
New breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria

Healthmsn | Neville Firth
New breakthrough to fight resistant bacteria

Medical News Today | Neville Firth
Antibiotic-resistant bugs may be dealt with by putting them in ‘handcuffs’

MedIndia | Neville Firth
Key protein could put antibiotic-resistant bugs in handcuffs

Spiegel Online | Thomas Newsome
Raubtierpopulationen: Wo Wölfe sind, geht's Füchsen gut

The Conversation | Thomas Newsome
What American wolves can teach us about Australian dingoes

Phys.Org | Aaron Greenville
Surveillance in the Simpson suggests a new take on threat to native animals

Pakistan Observer | Steve Simpson
Too much protein in middle age ‘as bad as smoking’

Brisbane Times | Frank Seebacher
Hot wings: shedding light on dinosaur evolution

Daily Liberal | Kickstart on the Road
Science knowledge made fun

Daily Liberal | Kickstart on the Road
Dubbo hosts science event

ABC Western Plains | Kickstart on the Road
Interview with Mornings program 25/6/14

Daily Liberal | Kickstart on the Road
Sydney uni visits Dubbo for Kickstart workshops

Daily Liberal | Kickstart on the Road
Students get a lesson in evolution

Parkes Champion Post | Kickstart on the Road
Interactive sessions

NRC Next (Netherlands) | Madeleine Beekman
Bijen maken vaak foutjes in hun bijendansjes

The Conversation | Ben Oldroyd and Madeleine Beekman
Origins of altruism: why Hamilton still rules 50 years on 

Dubbo Photo News | Kickstart on the Road
Students experimenting with science

South China Morning Post | David Raubenheimer

High-protein weight loss a matter of balance

MX | James Makinson
They bee swarm of bees
EVENTS
30 August 2014, 9am-4pm Front Lawns and Main Quadrangle
Open Day
24 September, 6pm-7pm Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Murray lecture: Wildlife Wars
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