Paper just accepted in Open Journal of Ecology

Posted onNovember 14, 2014 
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Lambert K. T. A., Andrew N. R. & McDonald P. G. M. (2014) The influence of avian biodiversity and a weedy understorey on canopy arthropod assembly. Open Journal of Ecology accepted 13th November 2014.

Paper accepted in Oecologia

Posted onSeptember 17, 2014 
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Gibb H., Stoklosa J., Warton D. I., Brown A. D., Andrew N. R. & Cunningham S. A. (in press) Does morphology predict trophic position and habitat use of ant species and assemblages? Oecologia, accepted 15 September 2014.

Paper accepted in Austral Ecology

Posted onSeptember 17, 2014 
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Gibb H., Muscat D., Binns M., Silvey C. J., Peters R. A., Warton D. I. & Andrew N. R. (in press) Responses of foliage-living spider assemblage composition and traits to an environmental gradient in Themeda grasslands. Aust. Ecol., Accepted 26th August 2014.

Nigel speaking at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Posted onSeptember 5, 2014 
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Nigel has been meeting up with colleagues at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Richmond, where he was invited to give a seminar titled: Assessing Invertebrate Responses to Global Warming: from individual through to biogeographic responses

Jean talking dung at NEGS

Posted onAugust 29, 2014 
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As part of National Science Week, Jean Drayton has given a talk to students at the New England Girls School on “Dung Beetles and the Environment”. The year 7 students learnt about the different types of dung beetles, their importance and the various roles they play in different ecosystems. The students also got a chance to get up close and personal to live beetles and meet some of the local species in the New England area. It was a great morning!NEGS talk-2

Little Things that Run the World opens at NERAM

Posted onAugust 17, 2014 
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Kirsti Abbott and the Insect Ecology Lab have been part of setting up a new exhibition and community outreach program at NERAM




The North Western Regional Science Hub presents a “Science Meets Art” event at NERAM to celebrate National Science Week (and beyond) – introducing children to the School of Ants Project through an interactive and creative experience exploring the life of ants.

From 16 August to 19 October, Little things that run the world offers the community an opportunity to imagine life as an ant.

Explore the giant sculptural ants’ nest in the foyer of NERAM. Imagine entering an ant’s nest, controlling workers, protecting queens and foraging for food. Make your own ants, larvae or other life stages and put them in tunnels and chambers to grow the colony.
Be a part of the AntBlitz at Black Gully on 21 September. Over a 24 hour period ants will be hunted, counted and identified. Anyone can sign up to join the blitz and learn about their local ants; use microscopes and Winkler bags, and help with research through the School of Ants at the University of New England. Bookings:
Create a giant ant in the courtyard at NERAM for ArtPlay Day on 19 October.
Take an ‘Ant Walk’ along Black Gully and explore the newly created Ant Hotels!



Farewell to Senshan

Posted onAugust 17, 2014 
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Senshan’s 12 month visit to the Insect Ecology Lab has come to an end. Senshan was working with aphids and developing optimum artificial diets for growth and reproduction. Its been great having him in the lab and he will be missed.

Eleanor Slade visits the Insect Ecology Lab

Posted onAugust 17, 2014 
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Eleanor Slade from the University of Oxford visited the Insect Ecology Lab to talk dung beetles, ecosystem funcitoning and greenhouse gas fluxes. She have a seminar titled: “Dung beetles as a model taxon for studying biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships”.

Ant Thermolimit poster now up at SEB Manchester

Posted onJuly 1, 2014 
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Nigel is at the Society of Experimental Biology meeting in Manchester. He is presenting the work he, Behnaz, and Berlize Groenewald from Stellenbosch Uni have been working on:
Thermolimit respirometry in dominant meat ants: Does microenvironment temperature influence responses?

‘School of Ants’ Citizen Science project now live!

Posted onJune 4, 2014 
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This week our School of Ants national citizen science project has gone live.
You can access it at and we encourage you to register if you feel so inclined.

The site will go through several phases to include an interactive map to allow contributors to see their data.
There have already been 12 schools from the coast to the top of the range that have participated in the project, and environmental education centres around NSW will take on the project for schools that visit their centres as it warms up.
Regular news and blog posts will appear on the site, and summaries and updates of data collected will be posted quarterly.

It represents a great ready made project for kids or families to get outside and learn about the little things that run the world.
So feel free to forward to anyone you think might like to participate.

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