Current projects

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Project ID Title Leader Institution
Amount

(Aus)

Period

HSF 09/7 Characterising heat production in plants: mechanisms and its role in pollination R Miller School of Biological Sciences, Monash University $81,000 Jul '09 - Jul '12

HSF 10/1 Constructing a comparative reference collection of phytoliths from north Queensland vegetation L Wallis Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, University of Queensland $50,000 Jul '10 - Jul '13

HSF 10/2 Elucidating the molecular basis of Phytophthora zoospore motility: identifying the protein composition of flagellar hairs A Hardham Research School of Biology, Australian National University $82,920 Jan '11 - Jan '14

HSF 10/3 Invasional meltdown: does invader-invader mutualism facilitate secondary invasions in rainforest on Christmas Island? P Green Department of Botany, La Trobe University $75,000 Jul '10 - Jul '13

HSF 10/4 Box jellyfish toxins: investigating novel protein structure and function D Brinkman Australian Institute of Marine Science $75,000 Jul '10 - Jul '13

HSF 10/10 Unravelling the multiple levels of prey naivete to alien predators in Australian critical weight range mammals P Banks Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UNSW $75,000 Jul '10 - Jul '13

HSF 10/12 Integrating silk biomechanics and spider ecology to understand spider web A Harmer Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University $50,000 Jul '10 - Jul '13

HSF 11/1 Plumbing the depths of tall trees: quantifying the hydraulic structure and function of deep roots P Grierson School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia $63,800 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/2 Phylogenetic patterns in snow gum eucalypts as indicators of past cold-climate refugia in south-east Australia M Bayly School of Botany, University of Melbourne $67,985 Jul '11 - Jul '14

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 11/4 Triple jeopardy in the tropics: assessing extinction risk in Australia's freshwater biodiversity hotspot S Swearer Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne $75,000 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/5 The physiology of biome shifts and macroevolutionary change: How did Australian skinks colonise the arid zone so successfully? B Goodman School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide $75,000 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/6 Did Dingoes colonise Australia once or were there multiple introductions with seafaring traders? W Ballard School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales $26,900 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/7 Understanding colony collapse: a social analysis of honey bee colony failure A Barron Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University $67,352 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 11/9 Pleistocene vertebrate trackways of Australia: documentation and significance at the continental scale G Prideaux School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University $82,748 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/10 Can excluding toads from water provide biodiversity benefits for arid Australia M Letnic School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales $54,580 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 11/11 Adding value to cattle hides through improved control strategies that reduce damage from Demodex (follicular mange mite) infestations J Larsen The Mackinnon Project, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Melbourne $86,414 Jul '11 - Jul '14

HSF 12/1 A unique non-human model for the evolution of musical tool use: drumming by the palm cockatoo R Heinsohn Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University $78,891 Jul '12 - Jul '15

HSF 12/2 Molecular taxonomy and phylogeography of stygofauna across alluvial and hard-rock groundwater ecosystems in eastern Australia J Hughes Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University $51,882 Jul '12 - Jul '14

HSF 12/3 Protecting the biodiversity of mound springs of the Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley Region. B Pusey Centre for Excellence in Natural Resource Management, University of Western Australia $49,447 Nov '12 - Nov '15

HSF 12/4 Relationships and reproduction - Floral development and phylogeny in Australian sedges (Cyperaceae, Mapanioideae): implications for the evolution of the monocot flower J Bruhl School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England $67,500 Jul '12 - Jul '15

HSF 12/5 Improving the success of captive breeding and reintroduction programs for endangered species through mate choice M Magrath Department of Wildlife Conservation and Science, Zoos Victoria $77,000 Jul '12 - Jul '15

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 12/7 Understanding the role of the ecological and social environment in the evolution of complex communication in peacock spiders M Kasumovic School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales $50,000 Jul '12 - Jul '15

HSF 12/8 Evolutionary developmental biology of the mammalian middle ear: using virtual reconstruction to integrate development and biomechanics V Weisbecker School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland $65,353 Jul '12 - Jul '15

HSF 12/9 Energetic consequences of antipredator behaviour in small mammal prey C Turbill Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney $55,500 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 13/3 Native Phytophthora species in megadiverse kwongan shrublands: friends or foe? E. Laliberte School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia $87,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/4 Dingo vocal communication: A tool for conservation? J. Clarke Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University $50,500 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 13/6 A molecular and morphological phylogeny of the Phebalium Group (Rutaceae): resolving the status and relationships of taxa of high conservation value

M. Duretto

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust $81,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/7 Fire, cats and the Kimberley's declining mammals B. Murphy School of Botany, The University of Melbourne $63,000 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 13/10 Mosaicism, somatic mutation and environmental change in long-lived plants R. Lanfear Research School of Biology, Australian National University $49,000 Jul '13 - Jul '16

HSF 13/11 eDNA as a quantitative tool: Assessment of European Carp populaton densities in Australian waterways L. Furlan Institute for Applied Biology, The University of Canberra $56,500 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