Potential projects

Urban Ecology

  1. Links between seed banks and above ground vegetation across an urban matrix
  2. Genetic connectivity of urban reptile populations
  3. Urban survivors; A survey of wildlife in Perth bushland reserves

Habitat selection in native wildlife

Predators in urban and natural landscapes

  1. Dingoes and kangaroos
  2. Feral cats
  3. Red foxes
  4. Personality syndromes and predator cues

Invasive animal control

  1. The rainbows you don’t want over Perth
  2. Controlling feral cats and foxes in urban bushland reserves
  3. Monitoring tools for wary wild dogs (dingoes)
  4. What do schoolie ravens eat, and where do they go when term is over?

 Evolutionary biology

  1. Invertebrate Autotomy
  2. Assessing the fitness consequences of parasites in Tiger snakes
  3. Lizard caudal autotomy
  4. Structure and function of the neck muscles of kangaroos and wallabies
  5. Sexual dimorphism in the skeleton of Bobtail lizards
  6. Fang Function (Honours): Fangs, or the canine teeth, are important in many species for feeding, or for behavioural use, like fighting. Little is known about how the shape of these teeth related to either diet or behaviour. Using 3D scans of many species of mammals, the project would aim to study the shape of the canines and correlate shape and size with diet and behaviour. Once the modern mammal dataset is build, it will be used to investigate some extinct species, like the Riversleigh fanged kangaroo,Balbaroo fangaroo. Statistical knowledge and use of R will be essential for this project. Contact Kenny Travouillon Kenny.Travouillon@museum.wa.gov.au

  7. New species of Dasyurid (Honours): Subfossils collected in a cave on the Nullarbor has revealed a diversity of mammals that no longer present today. The specimens seem to have accumulated since Europeans arrived in Australia. The fauna preserved includes dasyurids, bandicoots, rodents, birds and reptiles, with some species known to have gone extinct. Among the dasyurids, two large species are not recognised and may represent new species that have gone extinct recently. This is significant since no species of dasyurids are known to have gone extinct since European arrival. The aim of the project is to document the diversity of the site, and name any new species discovered. The project would use a mix of traditional anatomy and morphometrics to identify species, as well as phylogenetics. Contact Kenny Travouillon Kenny.Travouillon@museum.wa.gov.au

  8. Evolution of locomotion in bandicoots (PhD): Working with Riversleigh bandicoot skeletons (Miocene) to retrace the evolution of locomotion in this important marsupial group.  Contact Kenny Travouillon Kenny.Travouillon@museum.wa.gov.au

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