2017 has been an exciting year for my research.
Some highlights include:
- The scientists warning to humanity: a second notice (BioScience) was co-signed by 15,364 scientists from 184 countries, it is ranked as one of the most discussed papers ever tracked by Altmetric, and was read out in the BC Legislature.
- Making a new dog (BioScience) was selected as the Editor’s choice for the April Issue, and was featured in Science as well as the BioScience podcast series.
- Top predators constrain mesopredator distributions (Nature Communications) generated some media interest.
- I was involved in a plea to the Australian Government to “Save Australia’s ecological research“. For a summary see write ups in Science and Nature.
- Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates (PNAS) generated mass media interest and some interesting discussions among scientists.
- Despite some grant knock-backs, securing several new grants for student led projects including from the Australian Pacific Science Foundation to study the ecological role of carcasses, and from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub to explore novel ways to conserve the endangered night parrot.
- The Red Kangaroo Book winning a Commendation Award from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
- And, thankfully, surviving the academic job market by securing an ongoing position as Lecturer (Early Career Development Fellow) at The University of Sydney. I will commence in January 2018 after my Deakin University Fellowship has ended. Thank you Deakin for the support and great research environment over the last two years.