Staff profile - Christa Beckmann
Dr Christa Beckmann
|Position:||Lecturer in Biological Sciences|
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env|
|Department:||School of Life & Env. Sciences|
|Campus:||Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 522 72880 +61 3 522 72880|
Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
Independent Research Projects
Subjects and units currently teaching
SLE314 Research Project
SLE224 Animal Behaviour
SLE354 Disease Ecology
2015- David Mitchel PhD Candidate, Deakin University
Thesis Topic: Consistent individual differences in behaviour (co-supervised with P. Biro)
2014- Aida Izabela Rodrigues Repolho PhD Candidate, Deakin University
Thesis Topic: Acoustic and visual signaling in bowerbirds (co-supervised with J. Endler)
2012- Marta Ferenczi PhD Candidate, Deakin University
Thesis Topic: Avian influenza in Australia (co-supervised with M. Klaassen)
2014- Devin de Zwaan, Masters of Science Candidate, University of British Columbia.Thesis topic: Exploring the interacting effects of weather, predation risk, and parent quality on alpine songbird nestling development. Co-supervised with Kathy Martin
2013 - Shina Thomas Masters of Biotechnology, Deakin University.
Thesis topic: Development of microsatellite markers for flame robins and invasive bark beetles. Co-supervised with Belinda Appleton.
2013 - Mark Flegeltaub Honours Candidate, Deakin University.
Thesis topic: Does nest predation risk vary over an environmental gradient.
2011 - Iris Bleach Honours Candidate, University of Sydney.
Thesis Topic: Impact of invasive cane toads on Australia’s native frogs. Co-supervised with Richard Shine. Graduated First Class Honours.
Human-wildlife Conflict Ecology
Life History Theory
Ferenczi, M., Beckmann, C., Warner, S., Lyon, R., O’Riley, K., Wang, X., & Klaassen, M. 2015. Avian influenza infection dynamics under variable climatic conditions – viral prevalence is rainfall driven in waterfowl from temperate, south-east Australia. In Press. Veterinary Research.
Beckmann, C., & McDonald, P.G. 2015. Placement of re-nests following predation: are birds managing risk? In Press: Emu.
Ujvari, B., Casewell, N.R., Sunagar, K., Lo, N., Wüster, W., Conigrave, A.D., Mun, H., Beckmann, C. & T. Madsen. 2015. Extreme molecular convergence in toxin resistance and the predictability of evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 112: 11911-11916.
Beckmann, C., Biro, P., & K. Martin. Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior: mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. 69: 1631-1638.
Bleach, I., Beckmann, C., Booth, C., Brown, G.P., & R. Shine. 2015. Noisy neighbors at the frog pond: effects of invasive cane toads on the calling behaviour of native frogs in the Australian tropics. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. 69: 675-683.
Beckmann, C. & R. Shine. 2015. Do the numbers and locations of road-killed anuran carcasses accurately reflect impacts of vehicular traffic? Journal of Wildlife Management. 79: 92-102.
Bleach, I., Beckmann, C., Brown, G.P., & R. Shine. 2014. Effects of an invasive species on refuge-site selection by native fauna: the impact of cane toads on native frogs in the Australian tropics. Austral Ecology. 39: 50-59.
Beckmann, C. & P. Biro. 2013. On the validity of a single (boldness) assay in personality research. Ethology. 119: 937-947.
Beckmann, C. & R. Shine. 2012. Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads? Austral Ecology. 37: 629-623.
Beckmann, C. & R. Shine. 2012. Are Australia’s ground-nesting birds at risk from the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina)? Emu. 112: 83-89.
Beckmann, C. & R. Sine. 2011. Toad's tongue for breakfast: exploitation of a novel prey type, the invasive cane toad, by scavenging raptors in tropical Australia. Biological Invasions. 13: 1447-1455.
Biro, P, C. Beckmann & J. Stamps. 2010. Small within-day increases in temperature affect boldness and alters personality in coral reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B. 277:71-77.
Beckmann, C. & R. Shine. 2009. Impact of invasive cane toads on Australia’s birds. Conservation Biology. 23:1544-1549.
Biro, P., Beckmann, C. & M.S. Ridgway. 2008. Early microhabitat use by young-of-the-year brook charr (Salvelinus fontinalis) in lakes. Journal of Fish Biology. 73: 226-240.
Beckmann, C. 2008. Intra specific killing in Reef Egrets (Egreta scara). Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 120: 422-424.
Beckmann C., Biro P.A., & J.R. Post. 2006. Asymmetrical impact of piscivorous birds on size-structured fish populations. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 48: 1584-1593.