Prof Andy Bennett

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair In Life And Environmental Sciences

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

andy.bennett@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72049

Biography

I was lucky to grow up in the Adelaide Hills where nectar feeding birds, parrots and eucalypt forests intrigued me. After a B.Sc. in Zoology at University Adelaide, I was fortunate to do honours Zoology with David Paton.  I was awarded an 1851 Science Research Scholarship to Oxford Zoology where I did my D.Phil. on the ecology of avian spatial memory with John Krebs FRS. At this time I became fascinated by ultraviolet vision in birds, avian colour vision and colour signalling.  I took a Weiner-Anspach fellowship at University of Oxford and the Free University of Brussels, with Martin Speight, and then a short ARC postdoc in the Department of Pure Mathematics at University of Adelaide, with Christine O'Keefe on geometic models of spatial memory.  In 1994, I moved to University of Bristol to a BBSRC postdoc on avian ultraviolet vision, behaviour and sexual selection with Innes Cuthill, becoming Lecturer and Reader in Sensory and Behavioural Ecology.  At Bristol, I won a Leverhulme Fellowship which allowed me in 2005-6 to establsh, with Matt Berg and Raoul Ribot, our research program on the crimson-yellow-Adelaide rosella species complex of south eastern Australia.  In 2008, I returned to Australia to be Head of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University, and established the Centre for Integrative Ecology.

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Biography summary

Deakin University (2008-present) as Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Head, School of Life and Environmental Sciences (2008-2011)

University of Bristol (1994-2007) as Reader in Sensory and Behavioural Ecology (frm 2002), Lecturer (from 1998), BBSRC postdoc (from 1994).

University of Oxford & Free University of Brussels (1992-93) on a Research Fellowship

University of Oxford (1986-1992), for a D.Phil. in Zoology

University of Adelaide (1982-1985), for B.Sc. (Honours, 1st Class) in Zoology

Research interests

My research spans sensory ecology, behaviour, evolution and disease and takes an integrative approach.

I often use birds as model systems, particularly parrots and waterbirds.  

I lead two research programs.  One investigates the maintenance of colour variation in the highly variable Platycercus elegans species complex, and spans acoustic, visual, olfactory, disease, genomic and climatic processes.   The other investigates how nomadic waterbirds locate ephemeral water resources in inland Australia, and inolves satellite tracking (banded stilts, black swans and black duck) and investigations of their physiology and navigation.

Current research foci include:

Avian Colour Vision and Coloration: What maintains plumage colour variation in the Platycercus elegans species complex?  What is the phenotypic plasticity of avian colour vision?  Is there within-species variability in colour vision?

Avian Navigation: How do nomadic birds find ephemeral water bodies in inland Australia?  What cues allow them to accurately and efficently navigate across vast distances?  How do they prepare themselves physiologically?

Avian Disease: What are the transmission dynamics and fitness costs of Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) and psittacossi in parrots?  What are the roles of genetic diversity and host stress in disease emergence?  How can our knowledge of BFDV be translated to improve endangered species programs?  Can plumage odour reveal disease status?

Climate Change: How do heatwaves influence reproductive success in hollow nesting animmals?

My research involves fieldwork in Victoria, SA, WA, NSW and sometimes even darkest Queensland.  In the lab, my research group conducts behavioural, molecular, cellular, chemical, and physiological investigations.  We test visual performance of birds using microspectrophotometry (MSP), electroretinography (ERG) and other techniques. 

I collaborate with the wonderful PhD students and postdocs indicated below -- particularly Matt Berg and Raoul Ribot on most projects -- plus Ken Walder (Deakin Medical School), Kate Buchanan, John Endler and Marcel Klaassen (Centre for Integrative Ecology), David Hunt & Wayne Davies (UWA), Leo Joseph (CSIRO), Steve Donnellan & Steve Cooper (U. Adelaide),  Ellis Loew (Cornell), Steffan Leitner (Max-Planck) and Alex Roulin (U. Lausanne).

Units taught

I teach on the following units:

  • Ecology and Environment (SLE103);
  • Animal Behaviour (SLE224);
  • Evolution (SLE370);
  • Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour (SLE397);
  • Human and Animal Navigation (SLE371) [Unit co-ordinator]
     

Professional activities

Fellow, International Ornithological Union, 2014-

Associate Editor of Austral Ecology, 2009-

Associate Editor of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Biological Sciences), 2006-2010

Editor of American Naturalist 2005-7 (for special issue on avian coloration and colour vision).

Immediate past-President, Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB), 2014-2016

Expert Panel Membership:

a) Orange Bellied Parrot Veterinary Technical Reference Group, 2015-

b) Ecosystem Science Council Long Term Research Working Group, 2016-

c) Government Project Review Group, and Implementation Committee, Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR), 2011-14

 

Membership of societies including:

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB)

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

Ecological Society of Australia (ESA)

Applied Vision Association (AVA)

Australian Neuroscience Society (ANS)

International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Birdlife Australia

Research groups

Postdoctoral fellows
Dr Mathew Berg:  Maintenance of variability in the Platycercus elegans species complex

Dr Ben Knott: Vision in arid zone birds

Dr Raoul Ribot:  Movement ecology of arid zone waterbirds

PhD students

Hanne Martens: Beak and feather disease virus in Platycercus elegans and other parrots

Reece Pedler:  Migration ecology of Banded stilts

Helena Stokes: Chlamydia psittaci in Platycercus elegans and other parrots

Graduated in 2015:

Justin Eastwood:  Ecology of beak and feather disease virus in Platycercus elegans

Milla Mihailova:  The function of olfaction in Platycercus elegans

John McEvoy:  Migration ecology of Black duck in arid Australia

Gemma Cole:  Evolution of mating signals in guppies

Honours students

Jacinta Wehbe (2016) Beak and feather disease virus in Platycercus elegans

Sarah Micallef (2013-14)  Handedness in Platycercus elegans

complex

Jade Russell (2013-14)  Chlamydia psittaci infection in the Platycercus elegans species complex

Lisa Ohlson (2013)  Dieback and pollination ecology in Epacris impressa

Victoria Bywater (2013)  Nocturnal behaviour of waterbirds

Emily Black (2013)  Nocturnal behaviour of waterbirds

Bircan Dogan (2012-13)  Brood sex ratios in hybrid Platycercus elegans

Erika Roper (2012-13)  Ecology of piping calls in Platycercus elegans

Wendy Ha (2011)  Avian influenza in waterbirds

Publications

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2016

Long incubation bouts and biparental incubation in the nomadic Banded Stilt

R Pedler, M Weston, A Bennett

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 75-80, Emu, C1

journal

If waterbirds are nocturnal are we conserving the right habitats?

V Austin, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 423-427, Emu : Austral ornithology, C1

journal
2015

Spectral sensitivity of cone photoreceptors and opsin expression in two colour-divergent lineages of the lizard Ctenophorus decresii

M Yewers, C McLean, A Moussalli, D Stuart-Fox, A Bennett, B Knott

(2015), Vol. 218, pp. 1556-1563, Journal of experimental biology, C1

journal

Prevalence of beak and feather disease virus in wild Platycercus elegans: comparison of three tissue types using a probe-based real-time qPCR test

J Eastwood, M Berg, B Spolding, K Buchanan, A Bennett, K Walder

(2015), Vol. 63, pp. 1-8, Australian journal of zoology, C1

journal

An integrative framework for the appraisal of coloration in nature

D Kemp, M Herberstein, L Fleishman, J Endler, A Bennett, A Dyer, N Hart, J Marshall, M Whiting

(2015), Vol. 185, pp. 705-724, American naturalist, C1

journal

How does nest box temperature affect nestling growth rate and breeding success in a parrot?

E Larson, J Eastwood, K Buchanan, A Bennett, M Berg

(2015), Vol. 115, pp. 247-255, Emu, C1

journal

Proximate cues to phases of movement in a highly dispersive waterfowl, anas superciliosa

J McEvoy, D Roshier, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-13, Movement ecology, C1

journal
2014

Phylogenetic analysis of beak and feather disease virus across a host ring-species complex

J Eastwood, M Berg, R Ribot, S Raidal, K Buchanan, K Walder, A Bennett

(2014), Vol. 111, pp. 14153-14158, Proceedings of the national scademy of sciences of the USA, C1

journal

Odour-based discrimination of subspecies, species and sexes in an avian species complex, the crimson rosella

M Mihailova, M Berg, K Buchanan, A Bennett

(2014), Vol. 95, pp. 155-164, Animal Behaviour, C1

journal

The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness

L Carvalheiro, J Biesmeijer, G Benadi, J Fründ, M Stang, I Bartomeus, C Kaiser-Bunbury, M Baude, S Gomes, V Merckx, K Baldock, A Bennett, R Boada, R Bommarco, R Cartar, N Chacoff, J Dänhardt, L Dicks, C Dormann, J Ekroos, K Henson, A Holzschuh, R Junker, M Lopezaraiza-Mikel, J Memmott, A Montero-Castaño, I Nelson, T Petanidou, E Power, M Rundlöf, H Smith, J Stout, K Temitope, T Tscharntke, T Tscheulin, M Vilà, W Kunin

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 1389-1399, Ecology letters, C1

journal

Extreme nomadism in desert waterbirds: flights of the banded stilt

R Pedler, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 1-5, Biology letters, C1

journal
2013

Environmental and genetic control of brain and song structure in the zebra finch

J Woodgate, K Buchanan, A Bennett, C Catchpole, R Brighton, S Leitner

(2013), Vol. 68, pp. 230-240, Evolution, C1

journal

Is there variation in the response to contact call playbacks across the hybrid zone of the parrot Platycercus elegans?

R Ribot, M Berg, K Buchanan, A Bennett

(2013), Vol. 44, pp. 399-407, Journal of avian biology, C1-1

journal

How parrots see their colours : novelty in the visual pigments of Platycercus elegans

B Knott, W Davies, L Carvalho, M Berg, K Buchanan, J Bowmaker, A Bennett, D Hunt

(2013), Vol. 216, pp. 4454-4461, Journal of experimental biology, C1

journal
2012

Short-term physiological and behavioural effects of high- versus low-frequency fluorescent light on captive birds

J Evans, E Smith, A Bennett, I Cuthill, K Buchanan

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 25-33, Animal behaviour, C1

journal

Absorbance of retinal oil droplets of the budgerigar : sex, spatial and plumage morph-related variation

B Knott, J Bowmaker, M Berg, A Bennett

(2012), Vol. 198, pp. 43-51, Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, C1

journal

Male song structure predicts reproductive success in a wild zebra finch population

J Woodgate, M Mariette, A Bennett, S Griffith, K Buchanan

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 773-781, Animal behaviour, C1

journal

Learned vocal variation is associated with abrupt cryptic genetic change in a parrot species complex

R Ribot, K Buchanan, J Endler, L Joseph, A Bennett, M Berg

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, PLoS One, C1

journal
2011

Ultraviolet-sensitive vision in long-lived birds

L Carvalho, B Knott, M Berg, A Bennett, D Hunt

(2011), Vol. 278, pp. 107-114, Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, C1

journal

Developmental stressors that impair song learning in males do not appear to affect female preferences for song complexity in the zebra finch

J Woodgate, S Leitner, C Catchpole, M Berg, A Bennett, K Buchanan

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 566-573, Behavioral ecology, C1

journal

Fruitful use of bioacoustic alarm stimuli as a deterrent for Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans)

R Ribot, M Berg, K Buchanan, A Bennett

(2011), Vol. 111, pp. 360-367, Emu, C1

journal
2010

Avian retinal oil droplets : dietary manipulation of colour vision?

B Knott, M Berg, E Morgan, K Buchanan, J Bowmaker, A Bennett

(2010), Vol. 277, pp. 953-962, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological sciences, C1

journal

The evolution of plumage colouration in parrots : a review

M Berg, A Bennett

(2010), Vol. 110, pp. 10-20, Emu : austral ornithology, C1

journal

Developmental stress and female mate choice behaviour in the zebra finch

J Woodgate, A Bennett, S Leitner, C Catchpole, K Buchanan

(2010), Vol. 79, pp. 1381-1390, Animal behaviour, C1

journal
2009

Does the ring species concept predict vocal variation in the crimson rosella, Platycercus elegans, complex?

R Ribot, M Berg, K Buchanan, J Komdeur, L Joseph, A Bennett

(2009), Vol. 77, pp. 581-593, Animal behaviour, C1

journal
2008

Where and when does a ring start and end? Testing the ring-species hypothesis in a species complex of Australian parrots

L Joseph, G Dolman, S Donnellan, K Saint, M Berg, A Bennett

(2008), Vol. 275, pp. 2431-2440, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal
2007

Physiological, morphological and behavioural effects of selecting zebra finches for divergent levels of corticosterone

M Roberts, K Buchanan, D Hasselquist, A Bennett, M Evans

(2007), Vol. 210, pp. 4368-4378, Journal of experimental biology, C1-1

journal

Mate choice in zebra finches: does corticosterone play a role?

M Roberts, K Buchanan, A Bennett, M Evans

(2007), Vol. 74, pp. 921-929, Animal behaviour, C1-1

journal

Avian color vision and coloration : multidisciplinary evolutionary biology

A Bennett, M Thery

(2007), Vol. 169, American naturalist, C1-1

journal

Host intra-clutch variation, cuckoo egg matching and egg rejection by great reed warblers

M Cherry, A Bennett, C Moskat

(2007), Vol. 94, pp. 441-447, Naturwissenschaften, C1-1

journal

Do cuckoos choose nests of great reed warblers on the basis of host egg appearance?

M Cherry, A Bennett, C Moskat

(2007), Vol. 20, pp. 1218-1222, Journal of evolutionary biology, C1-1

journal

Iridescent structurally based coloration of eyespots correlates with mating success in the peacock

A Loyau, D Gomez, B Moureau, M Thery, N Hart, M Saint Jalme, A Bennett, G Sorci

(2007), Vol. 18, pp. 1123-1131, Behavioral ecology, C1-1

journal
2006

The effect of flicker from fluorescent lights on mate choice in captive birds

J Evans, I Cuthill, A Bennett

(2006), Vol. 72, pp. 393-400, Animal behaviour, C1-1

journal
2004

Does the flicker frequency of fluorescent lighting affect the welfare of captive European starlings?

V Greenwood, E Smith, A Goldsmith, I Cuthill, L Crisp, M Walter-Swan, A Bennett

(2004), Vol. 86, pp. 145-159, Applied animal behaviour science, C1-1

journal
2003

The role of ultraviolet-A reflectance and ultraviolet-A-induced fluorescence in budgerigar mate choice

S Pearn, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2003), Vol. 109, pp. 961-970, Ethology, C1-1

journal

The role of ultraviolet-A reflectance and ultraviolet-A induced fluorescence in the appearance of budgerigar plumage: insights from spectrofluorometry and reflectance spectrophotometry

S Pearn, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2003), Vol. 270, pp. 859-865, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal
2002

Do European starlings prefer light environments containing UV?

V Greenwood, E Smith, I Cuthill, A Bennett, A Goldsmith, R Griffiths

(2002), Vol. 64, pp. 923-928, Animal behaviour, C1-1

journal

Context-dependent visual preferences in starlings and blue tits: mate choice and light environment

S Maddocks, A Bennett, S Hunt, I Cuthill

(2002), Vol. 63, pp. 69-75, Animal behaviour, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision and mate choice in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

E Smith, J Partridge, K Parsons, E White, I Cuthill, A Bennett, S Church

(2002), Vol. 13, pp. 11-19, Behavioral ecology, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet colour perception in European starlings and Japanese quail

E Smith, V Greenwood, A Bennett

(2002), Vol. 205, pp. 3299-3306, Journal of experimental biology, C1-1

journal
2001

Egg colour matching in an African cuckoo, as revealed by ultraviolet-visible reflectance spectrophotometry

M Cherry, A Bennett

(2001), Vol. 268, pp. 565-571, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal

Is the ultraviolet waveband a special communication channel in avian mate choice?

S Hunt, I Cuthill, A Bennett, S Church, J Partridge

(2001), Vol. 204, pp. 2499-2507, Journal of experimental biology, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision, fluorescence and mate choice in a parrot, the budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus

S Pearn, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2001), Vol. 268, pp. 2273-2279, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal
2000

Ultraviolet vision in birds

I Cuthill, J Partridge, A Bennett, S Church, N Hart, S Hunt

(2000), pp. 159-214, Advances in the study of behavior, vol. 29, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Visual pigments, cone oil droplets and ocular media in four species of estrildid finch

N Hart, J Partridge, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2000), Vol. 186, pp. 681-694, Journal of comparative physiology a-sensory neural and behavioral physiology, C1-1

journal

Visual pigments, oil droplets, ocular media and cone photoreceptor distribution in two species of passerine bird: the blue tit (Parus caeruleus L.) and the blackbird (Turdus merula L.)

N Hart, J Partridge, I Cuthill, A Bennett

(2000), Vol. 186, pp. 375-387, Journal of comparative physiology a-sensory neural and behavioral physiology, C1-1

journal
1999

Plumage reflectance and the objective assessment of avian sexual dichromatism

I Cuthill, A Bennett, J Partridge, E Maier

(1999), Vol. 153, pp. 183-200, American Naturalist, C1-1

journal

Preferences for ultraviolet partners in the blue tit

S Hunt, I Cuthill, A Bennett, R Griffiths

(1999), Vol. 58, pp. 809-815, Animal behaviour, C1-1

journal

Strategic concealment of sexual identity in an estrildid finch

N Langmore, A Bennett

(1999), Vol. 266, pp. 543-550, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal
1998

Does lepidopteran larval crypsis extend into the ultraviolet?

S Church, A Bennett, I Cuthill, S Hunt, N Hart, J Partridge

(1998), Vol. 85, pp. 189-192, Naturwissenschaften, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet cues affect the foraging behaviour of blue tits

S Church, A Bennett, I Cuthill, J Partridge

(1998), Vol. 265, pp. 1509-1514, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal

Blue tits are ultraviolet tits

S Hunt, A Bennett, I Cuthill, R Griffiths

(1998), Vol. 265, pp. 451-455, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal

Tetrachromacy, oil droplets and bird plumage colours

M Vorobyev, D Osorio, A Bennett, N Marshall, I Cuthill

(1998), Vol. 183, pp. 621-633, Journal of comparative physiology a-neuroethology sensory neural and behavioral physiology, C1-1

journal
1997

Ultraviolet plumage colors predict mate preferences in starlings

A Bennett, I Cuthill, J Partridge, K Lunau

(1997), Vol. 94, pp. 8618-8621, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision and band-colour preferences in female zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata

S Hunt, I Cuthill, J Swaddle, A Bennett

(1997), Vol. 54, pp. 1383-1392, Animal behaviour, C1-1

journal
1996

Do animals have cognitive maps?

A Bennett

(1996), Vol. 199, pp. 219-224, Journal of experimental biology, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision and mate choice in zebra finches

A Bennett, I Cuthill, J Partridge, E Maier

(1996), Vol. 380, pp. 433-435, Nature, C1-1

journal

Ant-derived formic acid can be toxic for birds

A Bennett, M Lloyd, I Cuthill

(1996), Vol. 7, pp. 189-190, Chemoecology, C1-1

journal
1994

Ultraviolet vision in birds: what is its function?

A Bennett, I Cuthill

(1994), Vol. 34, pp. 1471-1478, Vision research, C1-1

journal

Sexual selection and the mismeasure of color

A Bennett, I Cuthill, K Norris

(1994), Vol. 144, pp. 848-860, American naturalist, C1-1

journal

Storage of stones by Jays Garrulus glandarius

N Clayton, D Griffiths, A Bennett

(1994), Vol. 136, pp. 331-334, Ibis, C1-1

journal
1993

Spatial memory in a food storing corvid I. Near tall landmarks are primarily used

A Bennett

(1993), Vol. 173, pp. 193-207, Journal of comparative physiology a-sensory neural and behavioral physiology, C1-1

journal

Mimicry and the eye of the beholder

I Cuthill, A Bennett

(1993), Vol. 253, pp. 203-204, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, C1-1

journal
1992

'Anting' as food preparation : formic acid is worse on an empty stomach

O Judson, A Bennett

(1992), Vol. 31, pp. 437-439, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, C1-1

journal

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Threats of avian pathogens to endangered parrots and human health: developing and utilizing tools for risk reduction

Prof Andy Bennett, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Yonatan Segal, Prof Martyn Jeggo

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2017: $54,016
  • 2016: $105,523
  • 2015: $112,909
  • 2014: $60,397

Other Public Sector Funding

Policies and governance to support integrated landscape management in a changing environment.

Prof Andy Bennett, Prof David Lowe, A/Prof Kevin O'Toole

  • 2012: $161,250
  • 2010: $53,750

Threats of avian pathogens to endangered parrots and human health: developing and utilizing tools for risk reduction

Prof Andy Bennett, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Yonatan Segal, Prof Martyn Jeggo

  • 2017: $25,000
  • 2016: $25,000
  • 2015: $30,000

Review of Water Bird Data

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2014: $42,000

Industry and Other Funding

Industry Research Contract

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2012: $332,699
  • 2011: $559,888
  • 2010: $538,692
  • 2009: $647,852

Beak and feather disease virus and genetic diversity in a parrot ring species

Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $5,000

Climate change effects on stress, infectious disease and breeding success in parrots

Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $5,000

Testing odour recognition at crimson rosella nests

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova

  • 2011: $1,500

Heat stress and breeding success in parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $1,500

Banded stilt movement and ecology in arid South Australia

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2016: $135,914
  • 2015: $173,224
  • 2014: $211,491
  • 2013: $214,926
  • 2012: $456,705

Host-pathogen coevolution within a sympatric species complex

Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2012: $1,000

Discouraging nestbox inhabitancy of competitive ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Milla Mihailova

  • 2013: $1,500

Nest site selection, stress & breeding success in rosellas as a response to temperature variation

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2013: $3,000

Climate change, temperature extremes and avian reproduction: an experimental study on rosellas

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2013: $3,000

The potential dererrent properties of crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) odour towards competitive possums

Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova, Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2013: $5,000

Climate change, temperature extremes and avian reproduction: an experimental study on Rosellas

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson

  • 2013: $6,600

PALS 2 Project design, trial and implementation

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2015: $315,634

Ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in wild Australian psittacine birds

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2017: $2,475

Other Funding Sources

Olfactory signalling in a species complex: the crimson rosella

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Milla Mihailova, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2014: $800

Assessing behavioural responses to climate change: nest site selection, breeding success and stress in Platycercus elegans

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson

  • 2014: $800

The ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in crimson rosellas (platycercus elegans)

Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2014: $1,000

Olfactory signalling in an avian species complex: the crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Jacqui Adcock

  • 2015: $909

Evidence for pathogen infection influencing age dependent pairing in the crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) - young and infected males rarely mate

Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood, Prof Kate Buchanan

  • 2015: $1,000

Ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in Australian parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2016: $1,000

Disease ecology in parrots: threats of avian pathogens to parrots and human health, with focus on the crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2016: $909

Psittacosis in wild Australian parrots: Investigating strains and seasonal patterns

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2016: $5,800

Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild avian populations in Australia

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Ken Walder, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2016: $5,900

Ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in wild Australian psittacine birds

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2017: $560

Investigating the effects and transmission patterns of Chlamydia psittaci in wild Australian parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2017: $560

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2015

Justin Eastwood

Thesis entitled: The Ecology and Evolution of Beak and Feather Disease Virus in Platycercus elegans

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Milla Mihailova

Thesis entitled: Olfactory Signalling in an Avian Species Complex: the Crimson Rosella

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

John McEvoy

Thesis entitled: Movement Ecology of Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) in Arid Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2015

Gemma Cole

Thesis entitled: Estimatig the evolutionary link between food detection and mate choice

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2012

Bibiana Andrea Rojas Zuluaga

Thesis entitled: The apparent paradox of colour variation in aposematic poison frogs

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences