Nigel is currently being hosted by Nate Sanders at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen . He gave an invited seminar titled: Assessing Invertebrate Responses to Global Warming: from individual through to biogeographic responses.
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.
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.
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 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
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!
Kirsti Abbott and the Insect Ecology Lab have been part of setting up a new exhibition and community outreach program at NERAM
SATURDAY 16 AUGUST 2PM
OPENING: “LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 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”.