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Microclimatic mapping in the Pilbara
20 January, 2015

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is currently mapping the ground-level microclimatic conditions of the Pilbara bioregion. This information has a wealth of potential applications associated with identification of ecological requirements of fauna and flora, identification of refugial habitats, rehabilitation monitoring, identification of heritage sites and other possibilities in the pastoral and agricultural industries. Biologic’s Brad Durrant has been working with Dr John Gollan from UTS to develop this project, source funding and provide logistical support through the provision of field personnel and equipment. The team recently deployed micro data loggers known as ‘iButtons’ at 170 sites covering the Pilbara bioregion. The iButtons will collect several temperature data points per day over the next couple of years, dependent on funding, with the data collected and analysed every 6 months.



Brad Durrant finalist in portrait prize
6 August, 2014

Brad Durrant’s monochromatic image of ultra-marathon burns survivor Turia Pitt is among the 40 finalists selected for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24604132/race-fire-survivor-inspires-artist/). Brad was also a finalist in 2011 (https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/galleries/g/9939360/black-swan-prize-finalists/9939504/) with a stunning portrait of Narelda Jacobs. This years Black Swan attracted over 350 entries from across Australia with the 40 finalists going on display at Lynton and Kay Galleries, Perth, from October 9-19. A People’s Choice Prize will be conducted during the exhibition, enabling the public to vote for their favourite artwork. http://www.blackswanprize.com.au

Brad

 



Morgan awarded with a 40 under 40 award
17 April, 2014

Biologic’s Director, Morgan O’Connell, was awarded one of the Business News ‘40 under 40’ awards for 2014, at the Gala Awards banquet in March. This annual award recognises 40 outstanding young business personnel, under the age of 40, for their personal determination, commercial drive and philanthropic pursuits that balance professional achievements. The 2014 award winners are shown at www.40under40.com.au/alumni/2014-winners.

Morgan with the award at the Gala Awards banquet

Morgan with the award at the Gala Awards banquet



Biologic wins Sustainable Business Award for 2014


Biologic was the proud winner of the Sustainable Business Award for 2014 at the Prestigious City of Light Business Award Ceremony held in March at the Perth Cultural Centre. The award recognises business leadership and commitment to sustainability and the environment. The award ceremony brings together progressive business and community leaders from throughout the Perth Metropolitan Area, including local and state public figures. Read about the evening at the Local Chambers website.

Biologic's Director Brad Durrant receiving the award

Biologic’s Director Brad Durrant receiving the award



A new goanna!
3 April, 2014

In a recent paper published in the taxonomical journal Zootaxa, Biologic’s Brad Maryan and Morgan O’Connell along with their research colleagues confirmed the existence of yet another species of Australian varanid- Varanus hamersleyensis. On recent field surveys by Biologic in the southern Pilbara (specifically the eastern Hamersley Range), the authors observed that the Pilbara Rock Monitor (Varanus pilbarensis) from these sites differed noticeably in colour pattern from northern populations. Further observations and investigation of the mitochondrial and morphological variation within V. pilbarensis show that the true V. pilbarensis is restricted to the northern Pilbara, and the population in the southern part of the Pilbara represents a new species. This newly described species appears to be secure and widespread throughout the Hamersley Range, and occurs in popular tourist destinations such as at Karijini National Park (one of the largest National Parks in Western Australia). More details at http://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.3768.2.3

Varanus hamersleyensis

Varanus hamersleyensis (Photo Brad Maryan)

 



City of Lights Business Awards
25 February, 2014

Biologic is a finalist in the 2013 City of Lights Business Award. The prestigious awards night is to be held under the stars in the James Street Amphitheatre in the Perth Cultural Centre on Friday the 14th of March 2014. The purpose of the evening is to celebrate the success, innovation and talent of the Perth business community and continue to create a positive and enthusiastic  business culture through the recognition of one outstanding business.



Predators of Crocs
24 February, 2014

Crocodilians are often reviewed as formidable predators but only very few studies have evaluated the role of crocodilians as prey. Their mobile, semiaquatic and cryptic nature makes it difficult to detect them in the wild, hampering observations of predation events. A recent paper published in Herpetological Monographs by Biologic’s Ruchira Somaweera and his colleagues reviewed published literature and field records to evaluate the incidence of predation in crocodilian populations, and the implications of that mortality for crocodilian life-history evolution. The review reveals an astonishing 279 cases, involving 184 species of predators (including insets, crustaceans, fish and even amphibians!) preying on 19 species of crocodilians (including crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharial). The review further discuss how the threat of predation may have influenced the evolution of life history traits such as nest-site selection, maternal care of eggs and hatchlings, crèche behavior in hatchlings, and cryptic coloration and patterning.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1655/HERPMONOGRAPHS-D-11-00001



Another new Aprasia from Brad
10 December, 2013

The lizard genus Aprasia includes a group of small, worm-like fossorial (live underground) lizards, most of which are distributed along the west coast of Australia. The taxonomy of this group is poorly resolved. In a recent study, Brad Maryan of Biologic and his colleagues described yet another member of the genus- Aprasia litorea- from the Lake Macleod region in WA. The entire range of this species is currently managed for pastoral purposes without any protection for fauna and flora. By using morphological and genetic data, they also showed that two of the members considered as different species occurring in the region (A. fusca and A. rostrata) are in fact the same species. The findings are now published in the Records of the Western Australian Museum and will be soon available at http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/records-supplements/records.

(Also see Brad’s earlier work at http://biologicenv.com.au/blog/?p=205)



A tale of a horn


With funding from the National Geographic Society, Dr Ruchira Somaweera of Biologic recently completed a year-long project on the evolutionary ecology of the iconic horned lizards of Sri Lanka. Five endemic members of the lizard genus

, where each species have a unique ‘horn’ at the tip of the snout, inhabit the island and most have very restricted distributions within the lowland rainforests and mountain cloud forests. This project investigated several aspects of their ecology including the role of the horn, their habitat requirements and the impact of habitat and climate change on their future. Read more at http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/28/pictures-rare-horned-lizards-of-sri-lanka-revealed/

Rhino horned lizard



‘Sustainable Business Award’ to Biologic
30 October, 2013

Biologic was the proud winner of the West Coast Institute of Training Sustainable Business Award at the Local Chambers ‘Cirque de la Lune’ Business Awards held in September 2013, a circus/black and white themed awards night. The award, sponsored by West Coast Institute of Training and Green Business Skills, was awarded to Biologic for its modern business edge on the Social Responsibility front.

http://www.localchambers.com/award-recipients-list/recipients-sept-2013