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Professor of Terrestrial Ecology


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School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

Centre for Integrative Ecology

President elect, Ecological Society of Australia

Associate editor, Journal of Applied Ecology

Associate Editor, Austral Ecology

Contact: d.driscoll@deakin.edu.au


NEWS


Australian Ecologists’ Letter to the NSW Premier in support of feral horse control

Public comments on the Kosciuszko National Park draft Wild Horse Management Plan, 2016 closed on the 19 August.

As reported in The Guardian, 41 ecologists, including eminent alpine ecologists and those with expertise in making cost-effective land management decisions sent a letter to the NSW Premier Mike Baird.   In the letter we expressed support for the Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan 2016.  We strongly support a rapid reduction in horse numbers.  We also point out that aerial culling is the most humane and effective method for reducing horse numbers.  We argue that horse numbers need to be rapidly reduced to very low numbers in a shorter time frame than is currently proposed to protect fragile alpine ecosystems and species.

 


Filled: PhD Scholarship Frog Ecology and disease dynamics.

Filled: Research Fellow Terrestrial Ecology

 


Review the latest news from the Ecological Society of Australia meeting on twitter #ESA15


I started in my new position at Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus, in the last week of August 2015.


Our paper, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA,  flags a major opportunity to avoid future damage to the natural environment. The paper highlights the ongoing risks that new pasture varieties will become invasive, degrade natural ecosystems and escalate the cost of land management.  The paper urges governments, industry and farmers to take action now so that past land management mistakes are not repeated, or made worse.You can access the paper and supporting information.  The PNAS version can be found here.

The new video tells the story in 3.5 minutes using a quirky combination of stop-motion animation and editing tricks.

Or read The Conversation article

To see the evidence behind the story, visit the ESA Hot Topic


Horse management in Australia’s high country is discussed in my recent article in The Conversation, co-authored by Dr Sam Banks.  It also documents our observation of cannibal horses……….

https://theconversation.com/the-grim-story-of-the-snowy-mountains-cannibal-horses-31691

 NEWS:  This story was the winner in the ANU’s Strategic Communications and Public Affairs annual media awards night 2014 in the category “Quirkiest/Most Unusual Story”.  


The last forest skink died recently, representing the first reptile extinction in Australia.  John Woinarski, Hal Cogger and I argue in The Conversation that the legacy of this extinction should not be a shoulder shrug.

http://theconversation.com/vale-gump-the-last-known-christmas-island-forest-skink-30252


See the video behind my paper: The Matrix in Ecology

And see the paper that it is based on:

DRISCOLL, D. A., BANKS, S. C., BARTON, P. S., LINDEMAYER, D. B. & SMITH, A. L. (2013). Conceptual domain of the matrix in fragmented landscapes. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 605-613. Download Preprint

or see the official version at TREE

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