Australasian Groundwater Conference, Brisbane

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Biologic attended the IAH/NCGRT Australasian Groundwater Conference in Brisbane this week. It was an incredibly successful conference attended by industry, regulators, academics and practitioners, showcasing a diverse range of hydro-geological research and novel approaches.

We heard presentations on hydro-geological assessments and investigations, 3D modelling, EIA and assessment of cumulative impacts, surface-groundwater interactions, GDEs, stygofauna, water quality monitoring, setting triggers and thresholds, and integrated water resources management, to meet the challenges and take full advantage of the opportunities of groundwater in our changing world.

 

GHD Groundwater in Mining and Resources PanelPhoto: GHD Groundwater in Mining and Resources Panel. Taken by: Jess Delaney, 2019

 

 

IUCN Conservation Assessment of Australian Squamates

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Biologic Senior Zoologist Ryan Ellis recently published a paper in Biological Conservation with coauthors across Australia detailing the results of a IUCN conservation assessment of all Australian squamates (lizards and snakes), titled Geographic and taxonomic patterns of extinction risk in Australian squamates.

The paper summarizes the results of the first complete assessment of the conservation status of all Australian squamates, of which Australia hosts around 10% (~800 species) of global squamate diversity. It also identifies the species and regions of greatest conservation interest, prioritizing species determined as requiring listing as Threatened under the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and/or state Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

In summary, while many of the species assessed were considered Least Concern, approximately 7% were considered Threatened or Near Threatened. Unfortunately, one species is now considered Extinct and a further two as Extinct in the Wild, all Christmas Island endemics.

If you would like a copy of the paper, feel free to get in contact with Ryan directly (ryan@biologicenv.com.au).

Biologic is pleased to be involved in a number of studies investigating various ecological, behavioral, management and taxonomic aspects of a range of conservation significant species, which we hope to share as they are completed. If you wish to discuss some of the projects we’re involved in, contact brad@biologicenv.com.au for more information.

 

Photo: Western Spiny-tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii badia) from the Mount Gibson area. A species listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC and BC Acts (R.J. Ellis).

Biologic is hiring!

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We are happy to announce that we are looking for a Senior/Principal Botanist to join our flora team.

A link to the position can be found here.

We are equally as happy to announce that we are also looking for a Senior/Principal Vertebrate Zoologist to join our fauna team.

A link to the position can be found here.