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Title Researching functional ecology in Kosciuszko National Park / editors: Hannah Zurcher, Ming-Dao Chia, Adrienne Nicotra, Michael Whitehead
Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2017


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Description xxiii, 151 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Series Field studies in ecology ; no. 1
Field studies in ecology ; no. 1
Contents Investigation of the niche partitioning of selected Ranunculaceae species in Kosciuszko National Park along a soil moisture gradient, by comparison of hydraulic characteristics / Angela Stoddard, Tess Walsh Rossi, Cameron McArthur, Sarah Stock, Ming-Dao Chia, Hannah Zurcher, Chen Liang, Christine Mauger, Julia Hammer -- Analysing phenotypic variation in Eucalyptus pauciflora across an elevation gradient in the Australian Alps / Giles Young, Islay Andrew, Kristi Lee, Xiaoyn Li, Rachael Robb, Isabella Robinson, Holly Sargent, Bronte Sinclair -- Plastic responses to environmental stressors: Biosynthesis of anthocyanins increases in Eucalyptus pauciflora and Richea continentis with elevation / Gregory Gauthier-Coles, Cynthia Turnbull, Ray Zhang, Tanja Cobden -- Circadian rhythms and leaf characteristics of subalpine Eucalyptus pauciflora: The effects of environmental exposure on photosynthetic machinery / Christine Mauger, Julia Hammer, Chen Liang, Cameron McArthur, Angela Stoddard -- Thermal acclimation of photosynthesis and respiration in Eucalyptus pauciflora of varying growth temperatures in Kosciuszko National Park / Caitlin McLeod, Cynthia Turnbull, Gregory Gauthier-Coles, You Zhou, Ainsley Maurer, Ray Zhang, Tanja Cobden, Yvonne Yong -- Why do alpine plants grow where they do? / Susanna Venn -- Mortality or more-tile-ity: Tiling response to temperature and humidity extremes in Agrotis infusa / Hannah Zurcher, Chen Liang, Ming-Dao Chia, Sarah Stock, Tess Walsh-Rossi -- The effect of body mass on the mass specific metabolic rate of Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii and Eulamprus quoyii / Yvonne Yong, Ainsley Maurer, Caitlin McLeod, You Zhou -- Predicting ectotherm vulnerability to climate warming: Comparing preferred and actual body temperatures in Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii / Julia Hammer, Hannah Zurcher, Christine Mauger, Chen Liang, Ming-Dao Chia, Tess Walsh-Rossi, Angela Stoddard, Cameron McArthur, Sarah Stock -- Sprint speed capacity of two alpine skink species, Eulamprus kosciuskoi and Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii / Isabella Robinson, Bronte Sinclair, Holly Sargent, Xiaoyun Li -- Behavioural thermoregulation of alpine birds in response to low temperature in early summer / You Zhou, Ainsley Maurer, Tanja Cobden, Yvonne Yong, Ray Zhang, Gregory Gauthier-Coles, Caitlin McLeod, Cynthia Turnbull -- Salt-seeking behaviour of mammals and ants in a low-sodium Australian alpine environment / Rachael Robb, Bronte Sinclair, Islay Andrew, Kristi Lee, Xiaoyun Li, Isabella Robinson, Holly Sargent, Giles Young -- A rose in any other shade: Is alpine flower pollinator distribution driven by colour? / Hannah Zurcher, Ming-Dao Chia, Julia Hammer -- Research-based learning: Designing the course behind the research / Elizabeth A. Beckmann, XĂ©nia Weber, Michael Whitehead, Adrienne Nicotra
Summary Take 30 undergraduates and 20 experts from the Research School of Biology at The Australian National University, and put them together for 10 days in the high-altitude environment of Kosciuszko National Park in the Australian Alps. Challenge them to first identify research questions of potential importance to the survival of one of Australia's unique ecosystems under threat from climate change, and then to answer those questions in scientifically rigorous and competent ways. The successful outcomes of this challenge are evidenced in this volume of selected and fully peer-reviewed papers. They are all written by students who-after intense pre-field preparation-isolated intriguing research questions, postulated hypotheses, collected and analysed data, and interpreted their findings in the context of functional ecology theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence in the scientific literature. The experts acted as guides and supporters rather than lead researchers, so that the students-most of whom were at the end of their first year of studies-were all tasked with fully realising the concept of self-actuated research. This book has much to offer ecologists, plant and animal scientists, protected area managers and anyone else interested in knowing more about the species of Kosciuszko National Park and how they live, survive, behave and interact. This book is also a showcase of just how much can be accomplished by bright and enthusiastic students who are trusted and guided to use their scientific and ecological knowledge and skills immediately. Much of the knowledge made available in these papers would simply not have seen the light of day except for this innovative intensive approach to research-based education. It is reassuring to know that the future of ecological research is in such capable hearts and minds!
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Climatic changes -- Australia.
Ecology -- Research.
Mountain ecology -- Australia -- Kosciuszko National Park (N.S.W.)
Plants -- Australia.
Kosciuszko National Park (N.S.W.)
Author Chia, Ming-Dao, editor
Nicotra, Adrienne, editor
Whitehead, Michael (Michael R.), editor
Zurcher, Hannah, editor
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ISBN 9781921934391