and welcome to my blog. I have been somewhat inactive on my blog since creating it, mainly due to quite a field intensive research project. This has kept me outdoors for months at a time during my project, which has been quite enjoyable but has meant that I have spent less time in front of the computer. This has all changed of late as I have started the write up phase of my thesis. Much of my blog is currently under construction but I will be adding material over the coming months while I am office bound. To find out a little bit more about my project and how I got here, please check the ‘About me’ tab. I will also be including a photo gallery to share my experiences capturing the very elusive, and difficult to catch, brolga.

For now, given where I am at with my thesis, I’d like to share couple of resources that I have found useful:

– Murray, R. (2011). How to write a thesis. McGraw-Hill Education, England.

The Three Month Thesis

– ‘Presentation on publishing papers’ on Pia Lentini’s (QAEG post doc) web page:

Apart from thesis writing, some other activities I’ve been involved in lately include giving a talk at a brolga event organised by the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority at Edenhope on the 24th of June and a seminar at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, Creswick, to present on my research.

I have also recently completed a draft species assessment of brolga for an updated Wetlands International/IUCN SSC Crane Specialist Group Crane Action Plan. The last plan was published in 1996 and the aim of the current exercise is to update the changes to status and threats for all the 15 species of cranes in the world and to identify priority conservation actions for the future. While doing this review it became quite clear how little we know about brolgas and how few of the management actions from the last plan and local action plans have been implemented. I am filling some of these knowledge gaps on brolga biology and ecology in my project and am hoping that the information will be used to make more focused and informed decisions to manage the species.

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