First NAAT funds awarded

The Native Australian Animals Trust showcased and awarded the next generation of researchers at the third in their ongoing series of public seminars.

PhD candidates Annie Aulsebrook, Felipe Soares da Silva and Ella Kelly each gave short presentations about their research in progress, focused respectively on the influence of artificial light on black swan behaviour, disappearing insects and toxic insecticides, and attempts to save the quoll from extinction by breeding ‘toad-smart’ behaviour. Early-career researcher Dr Christy Hipsley also presented on the cutting-edge 3D digital imaging and ancient genome assembly techniques that have allowed her to reconstruct the extinct Tasmanian Tiger.

This event also saw the presentation of the first awards funded through the Trust, made possible by generous philanthropic gifts from staff, alumni and the public. These awards will ensure that this next generation of researchers will be able to continue their essential work, protecting native Australian animals and preserving their environments.

Awardees (pictured) and their projects included:

Ashley Dungan – Increasing climate resilience in corals

Francesco Ricci Physicochemical micro-niches in coral skeletons

Liz Milla – Evolution and ecology of the Heliozelidae – tiny, day flying moths

Emily Roycroft – Cyptic species in the delicate mouse

Edward Tsyrlin – Genetic barcoding of sandflies

Chris Jolly – Are species reintroductions inherently dangerous?

Read more about the Native Australian Animals Trust and the funded projects.