Possible Research Opportunities

The following are possible research opportunities for Wildlife Masters students, additional opportunities are also available.

Conservation:

Bird Measurement

Bats: Species use of urban and semirural habitats.
a. Micro bat use of urban and semirural habitats.
b. Investigation into the decline of the Christmas Island Flying Fox

Birds:
a. Changes in species composition and prevalence in the Mt. Annan Botanical Gardens and regionally.
b. Is there an Australian wide decline in small insectivorous species?
c. What habitat factors favour survival of the Jacky Winter and Speckled Warbler?
d. Variation in body condition with changing habitat of birds mist netted at Mt. Annan Botanical Gardens.

Frogs: Frog use of suburban and semirural habitat.


 

Wombat

Koalas:
a. Range size, movement, and habitat use in the Lower Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
b. Food tree usage of koalas.

Invasive Species: Rusa deer, monitoring the impacts of this invasive species in the Royal National Park.

Platypus: Distribution vs. habitat in the Nepean River.

Snail: Land management practices that will increase numbers of the endangered Cumberland Plains Land Snail.

Wallaroos: Ecology of the wallaroo and swamp wallaby at the Mt. Annan Botanic Gardens and the Elizabeth MacArthur Institute.


Health:

Measuring frogs

Barn owls: Identification and prevalence of sarcocystis.

Frogs: Impact and distribution of myxozoa on regional frogs.

Koalas: Herpesvirus prevalence and characterization of the endogenous retroviruses in Southern New South Wales koalas.

Clench-claw syndrome in lorikeets: Evidence that it is caused by ingestion of a toxin.

Pelicans: Investigation into a paralysis syndrome.

Wombats:
a. Characterization and prevalence of a coccidian parasite.
b. Prevalence and impact of mange on regional wombat populations.
c. Summary of health problems associated with juvenile wombats in care.

Blood collection



Each year there are several projects that are identified by Australian Registry of Wildlife Heath. They can relate to terrestrial mammals, marine mammals birds, reptiles or amphibians.