Staff profile - Christa Beckmann

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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
Email: c.beckmann@deakin.edu.au

Academic

Teaching Interests

Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

Animal Behaviour

Independent Research Projects


Subjects and units currently teaching

SLE314 Research Project

SLE224 Animal Behaviour

SLE354 Disease Ecology


Student supervision

Current students:

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

Completed Students:

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.


Research

Research interests

Wildlife Conservation

Human-wildlife Conflict Ecology

Invasive Species

Life History Theory

Animal Behaviour


Publications

Publications

Selected Publications:

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.


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