Dr Bonnie Wintle

Research interests

Conservation ecology / CEED

  • Meta-science ('the science of science')
  • Reliability and generalisability of research
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Expert elicitation
  • Environmental science (biosecurity, risk assessment)
  • Plant ecology

Professor Brendan Wintle

Research interests

Conservation and ecology

Research projects

  • Surveying researchers' attitudes / understanding / opinions about issues in meta-science (e.g. replicability and generalisability of scientific findings, open science).
  • Systematic review: How variable is evidence to support particular conservation decisions?
  • Recent reports of Bogong moth migration failure have caused major concerns among managers, ecologists and the general public not least because of the important role the moth plays in the diet of the critically endangered mountain pygmy possum. It is also a culturally important species to Indigenous communities throughout the region. This project will help clarify the population status of the moth and its role in possum breeding success, enabling more targeted emergency management strategies of species dependent on the moth in years of moth migration failure.

    This project seeks to establish a robust Bogong moth monitoring strategy that will provide accurate estimates of the annual variation in biomass available to possums. The student will test moth survey and population estimation methods in the Victorian Alps. This will help clarify the role of the moth in possum breeding success, enabling more targeted emergency management strategies of species dependent on the moth in years of moth migration failure. The project will require some field work to trial moth monitoring methods at possum breeding sites and other locations in alpine areas.

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