Current projects

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Project ID Title Leader Institution
Amount

(Aus)

Period

HSF 11/3 Do arid-zone ants undergo boom-bust population fluctuations in response to the El Nino Southern Oscillation? H Gibb Department of Zoology, La Trobe University $83,770 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/8 Exploring the taxonomy, distribution and evolution of a unique subterranean fauna: amphipod crustaceans from the Yilgarn region of central Western Australia R King South Australian Museum $53,380 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 12/6 Extreme reproductive conflict: sexual cannibalism, female deception and the evolution of male mate choice K Barry Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University $48,843 Jul '12 - Jul '15

HSF 12/10 Shopping for tenants: does co-evolutionary addiction and symbiont meltdown leave jumping plant lice in need of new microbial partners? M Riegler Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney $78,000 Jul '12 - Jul '15

HSF 13/1 Does overgrazing reduce the ecosystem service values provided by shrublands in semi-arid Australia? D Eldridge School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales $66,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/2 Specialisation in mycorrhiza of orchids across temperate Australian terrestrial orchid genera N Swarts Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens $78,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/5 Plant hubs, plantbugs and lacebugs: coevolution of emu bush and sap-sucking insects G Cassis School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales $81,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/8 The evolution of sociality in habitat-specialist coral reef fishes: exceptions that prove the rule? M Wong School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong $47,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/9 Speciation in the mountains: phylogenomics of the alpine grasshopper genus Kosciuscola N Tatarnic Western Australian Museum $51,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/12 Drought, deluge and diversity decline - How do root herbivores affect grassland resilience to predicted changes in rainfall patterns? S Power Hawkesbury Institute for Environment, University of Western Sydney $83,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/13 Range contraction of kelp forests and tropicalisation of Australia's temperate marine environments T Wernberg UWA Oceans Institute & School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia $84,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/14 Survival after arrival: how post-settlement mortality shapes population connectivity and climate change resilience in a coastal marine fish C Riginos School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland $81,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 14/1 Is woody shrub encroachment a legacy of mammal declines? M Letnic School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales $57,000 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/2 Identification and characterisation of new plant peptide hormones that control legume nodulation and nitrogen fixation B Ferguson School of Agriculture & Food Sciences, The University of Queensland $83,500 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/3 Prey that frighten their predators: deimatic display in a brightly coloured Australian alpine katydid K Umbers School of Science & Health, Western Sydney University $58,000 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/4 The dark side of light: species and community level impact of artificial night lighting T Jones Department of Zoology, The University of Melbourne $76,600 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/6 Plotting the Pilbara's thermalscape for conservation of climate sensitive species J Gollan School of the Environment, University of Technology, Sydney $81,600 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/7 Does digging by marsupials reduce fire risk and promote recovery from fire in Australia's temperate woodlands? C Johnson School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania $56,100 Jul '14 - Jul '16

HSF 14/8 Evolutionary investigations into insect olfaction and host choice using a mosquito model system N Beebe School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland $78,600 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/9 Mining genomes to understand evolution of the iconic Australian eucalypts T Schuster Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne $72,500 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 14/10 Enhancing conservation and cultural knowledge through orchids of Papua New Guinea J Lynch Institute for Applied Ecology, The University of Canberra $75,000 Jul '14 - Jul '17

HSF 15/1 Communication and misinformation: Coevolutionary dynamics in a multi-parasite system W Feeney School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland $76,620 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/2 The role of the mitochondrial genome in promoting adaptation to climate change D Dowling School of Biological Sciences, Monash University $81,120 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/3 Can landscape structure enhance the resilience of biodiversity to climatic extremes? Insights from the Millennium Drought D Nimmo Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University $86,210 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/4 Understanding how plants can sustain biomass production under saline growth conditions S Persson School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne $79,100 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/5

Counting and tracking cryptic wildlife in mountainous New Guinea for community conservation management and environmental assessment

S Donnellan South Australian Museum $81,800 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/6 A new obligate mutual pollination system involving Boronia (Rutaceae, Sapindales) and Heliozelidae (Adeloidea, Lepidoptera) A Kallies Walter and Eliza Hall Institute $74,200 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/7 How will savanna tree populations respond to fire management? B Murphy Research Insitute for the Environment & Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University $58,500 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/8 The genomic origin of species: a comparative study in the Australian Meliphagoidea L Joseph CSIRO National Research Collections Australia $58,800 Jul '15 - Jul '17

HSF 15/9 Taxonomy and population structure of commercially important coastal Loliginid squids in eastern Australian waters K Hall New South Wales Department of Primary Industries $81,800 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/10 Tail photoreception: discovering a novel sensory system in Australian sea snakes K Sanders School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide $42,100 Jul '15 - Jul '17

HSF 15/11 Applying lessons from nature: Oxidative stress tolerance in the wild ancestors of wheat K Soole School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University $71,800 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/12 More than a burning issue: Does grass invasion disrupt plant-animal interactions and threaten persistence of semi-arid woodland communities? C Schlesinger School of Environment, Charles Darwin University $53,200 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/13 Exploration and conservation of microbial and chemical diversity in polar deserts of Eastern Antarctica B Ferrari School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, Univeristy of New South Wales $80,100 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 15/14 Resolving the taxonomic status of ecologically keystone and threatened bats in New Guinea K Armstrong South Australian Museum $84,800 Jul '15 - Jul '18

HSF 16/1 Into the wild: methylonics and quantitative genetics in natural populations of Australian social bees L Holman School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne $48,700 Jul '16 - Jul '18

HSF 16/2 Exploiting flavonoid diversity in legumes to improve nitrogen-fixing symbiosis U Mathesius Research School of Biology, Australian National University $60,000 Jul '16 - Jul '19

HSF 16/3 Investigation and mitigation of reduced fecundity due to infectious disease in the endangered Australian sea lion, N. cinerea R Gray Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Sydney $57,590 Jul '16 - Jul '19

HSF 16/4 Orchid phylogenomics: Diversification, evolution and systematics of the hyperdiverse subtribe Bulbophylinae K Schulte CSIRO National Research Collections $85,100 Jul '16 - Jul '19

HSF 16/5 Is groundwater the missing source of nutrients driving eutrophication in the Great Barrier Reef? D Tait National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University $83,000 Jul '16 - Jul '19

HSF 16/6
Insights into the provenance of the four Australian broomrapes (Orobanche) - taxonomy informing environmental management and biosecurity options E Biffin State Herbarium of South Australia, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources $30,000 Jul '16 - Jul '17

HSF 16/7 Can Aboriginal fire management restore mammal communities? D Nimmo Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University $85,971 Jul '16 - Jul '19

HSF 16/8 What's in a genome? Capturing nuclear genomic variation for phylogenetic and phylogeographic study of Australian Asparagales lineages J Birch School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne $81,452 Jul '16 - Jul '19

HSF 17/1 Can excluding feral livestock from waterholes recreate refuges for savannah birds? M Massaro Institute of Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University $72,234 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/2 Beyond colour: discovering how beetles manipulate near-infrared light to control their temperature D Stuart-Fox School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne $76,691 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/3 Harnessing ecological and genomic approaches to restore Australian grasslands in the face of global change K Hodgins School of Biological Sciences, Monash University $87,006 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/4 Rapid detection and diagnosis of plant pathogens J Rathjen Research School of Biology, Australian National University $50,400 Jul '17 - Jul 19

HSF 17/5 Plant biodiversity and adaptation in a changing world: the effects of animal pollinators M Whitehead School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne $53,994 Jul '17 - Jul 19

HSF 17/6 The genetic and structural diversity of spider-silk S Blamires School of Biolgical Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales $63,000 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/7 Reducing an anti-nutritional compound in legumes to increase use of a sustainable biological nitrogen source I Searle School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide $75,000 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/8 Ocelli in walking insects: insights from day and night active bull ants A Narendra Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie Univeristy $84,308 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/9 Conservation of Prasophyllum - understanding orchid mycorrhizal fungi to save threatened orchids from extinction

N Reiter

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria $41,290 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/10 A next generation sequencing (NGS) approach to investigate paralogy in Xanthostemon (Myrtaceae) P Wilson National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust $90,000 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/11 Do novel mineralisation reactions in calcium carbonate sands decrease their resistance to Ocean Acidification? A Kessler Water Studies Centre, School of Chemistry, Monash University $84,994 Jul '17 - Jul 20

HSF 17/12 Arresting the pernicuious decline of keystone habitats in agricultural landscapes T Doherty School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University $61,269 Jul '17 - Jul 20