Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station

UNSW SydneyFG

Research List

2011 Research Reports

A detailed description of the projects see the 2011 Annual Report:
- The Response of Small Mammals to Seasonal and Annual Variations in Climatic Conditions
- The Fate of Kangaroo Young-At-Foot Following Separation from their Mothers
- Does the Morphology of Foraging Pits of Soil-disturbing Vertebrates Affect Secondary Seed Dispersal by Ants?
- Breeding Ecology of the Cooperatively Breeding Apostle bird
- Can the Bad Times Be Better Than the Good? Surprising Results From an 8-year Study of Chestnut-crowned Babblers
- Predation, Social Aggregations and Lack of Breeding in the Zebra Finch
- Investigating Acoustic Alarm Signalling in Wild Zebra Finches
- Immune and Hormonal Variation in Relation to Life Stage in Native and Introduced Birds
- Suitability of Fowlers Gap for Ground-Based Gamma-Ray Astronomy At TeV (1012 eV) Energies
- Ecohydrology of Arid Shrublands at Fowlers Gap
- Do Nutritionally Poor Environments Promote Sociality? Testing a Long-standing Hypothesis in Socially Plastic Acacia Thrips

2009 Research reports

- Behaviour and ecology of the cooperatively breeding Apostle bird
- Ecohydrology of arid shrublands at Fowlers Gap
- University of Adelaide’s Fowlers Gap regolith and landscape studies in 2009
- Does corticosterone modify the fine acoustic structure of begging calls in wild zebra finch nestlings?
- The breeding ecology and evolution of sociality in the zebra finch
- Does corticosterone modify fine acoustic structure of begging calls in wild zebra finch nestlings?
- Behaviour and ecology of the cooperatively breeding chestnut-crowned babbler
- Function and diversity of vocalisations in a cooperatively breeding bird
- Social interactions at breeding nests of chestnut-crowned babblers
- Comparative water and feed requirements of western grey kangaroos and sheep at Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station
- Comparative water and feed requirements of western grey kangaroos and sheep at Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station
- An observational study of the behaviour of adult female kangaroos and their dependent young

2008 Research Report

- Guidelines for the kangaroo whisperer: ways to minimize disturbance during kangaroo observations by foot and car
- Wildlife by candlelight: a comparison of nocturnal observation techniques for their impact on wildlife and visitor satisfaction
- Behaviour and ecology of the cooperatively breeding Apostlebird
- Vocal communication at nest between mates in wild zebra finches: a private vocal duet?
- The evolution of sociality in the zebra finch
- Growth rates and maternal effects in the wild zebra finch
- No obvious function of extreme variation in egg patterning among chestnut-crowned babblers
- Big eggs are better in Chestnut-crowned Babblers
- Why live in a family? Insights from the cooperatively breeding chestnut-crowned babbler
- University of Adelaide’s Fowlers Gap Regolith and Landscape Studies in 2009
- Role of soil factors in ecohydrology and landscape function at Fowlers Gap
- Field metabolic rate and water turnover of free ranging red kangaroos and merino sheep in an arid rangeland

2007 Research reports

- Guidelines for the kangaroo whisperer: ways to minimize disturbance during kangaroo observations by foot and car
- Personality traits in cooperatively breeding chestnut-crowned babblers
- False feeding in cooperatively breeding chestnut-crowned babblers
- Maternal effects in cooperatively breeding chestnut crowned babbler
- Behaviour and ecology of the cooperatively breeding Apostlebird
- Regolith-Landform Mapping and Environmental Geochemistry at Fowlers Gap
- Seepage losses during flood flows in Fowlers Creek
- Rainfall events and the water balance of dryland shrubs at Fowlers Gap
- Re-Cognising the Land Symposium – summary and outcomes
- Barrier Ranges Sustainable Wildlife Enterprise Trial

2006 Research Reports

- Sustainable tourism in arid Australia: the behaviour and impact of nature tourists on vegetation and selected wildlife specie
- The effects of water body size and distance from water on avian abundance and diversity
- Behaviour and ecology of the zebra finch
- Sex allocation in chestnut-crowned babbler
- Benefits of cooperation in chestnut-crowned babbler
- Individual variation in cooperative behaviour in chestnut-crowned babblers, Behaviour and ecology of the cooperatively breeding Apostlebird
- Kangaroo management involving landholders in the Barrier Ranges
- ILIRI Report to Fowlers Gap 2006

2005 Research Reports

- Saving Wildlife- Saving People on Our Roads
The ecological effects of roads on landscapes and their ecological processes are substantial and together represent a major anthropogenic disruption to the natural environment. Current understanding of the impacts of roads for their strategic management is hampered by a lack of information on the influence of the ecosystems traversed by roads on road effects, the effects of roads on higher-order ecosystem responses (populations and communities), and the overall impacts of roads on ecosystems and their wildlife (integrating both abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems)

2004 Research Reports

- Effects of upbringing and experience on herbivore diet selection in the Australian arid rangelands: Comparison between red and western grey kangaroos
- Saving Wildlife- Saving People on Our Roads
- Behaviour of raptors, ravens and crows feeding at animal carcasses
- Wildlife Tourism in Australia: Testing two wildlife-viewing strategies on free-living kangaroos in far western New South Wales and assessment of ecological effects
- Deterring kangaroos from roadside verges: Potential of the dingo bush (Eremophila microtheca)
- The effects of European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) disturbance on invertebrate assemblages, with a focus on ants, at Fowlers Gap in the semi-arid zone of northwestern New South Wales.
- Integrating sexual selection and the allocation of sex in the zebra finch: back to the outback
- Habitat influences on chestnut-crowned babbler Pomatostomus reficeps
- Is Moult an Inherently Costly and Inefficient Process? An examination of Moult in White-plumed Honeyeaters and House Sparrows

2001 Research report

- The University of California Los Angeles Field Biology Quarter-Fowlers Gap 2002
- Wildlife Tourism with Rangeland Kangaroos: Product development and implementation
- Shallow overland flow: exploring the operation of a fundamental hydrologic mechanism in low-gradient dryland environments
- The Western NSW Archaeological Program (WNSWAP) at Fowlers Gap
- Reptile Diversity in Different Habitats in the Australian Arid Zone
- An evaluation of factors leading to kangaroo-vehicle collisions in the arid zone of Australia
- The Feeding Ecology of Adult and Juvenile Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus)
- The Sheep and Wool Production research program at Fowlers Gap
- Field Energy Intake of Adult and Juvenile Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus)

2000 Research report

- Determinants of Reproductive Success in Female Red Kangaroos
- Wildlife Tourism with Rangeland Kangaroos: Product development and implementation
- Willy Willies in the Australian Landscape: Environmental Controls and Dust Transport Characteristics
- Vegetation, hydrology, and erosion mechanisms in arid zone streams and shrublands
- The Western NSW Archaeological Program (WNSWAP) at Fowlers Gap
- The Roles of Mitochondria and Capillaries in Determining the Maximum Aerobic Capacity of Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus)
- Thermoregulation in Juvenile Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus) after Pouch Exit: Higher metabolism and evaporative water requirements
- Acquisition and analysis of rainfall and waterborne pathogen data from Fowlers Gap
- Surveying at Fowlers Gap Using Rapid Static and Kinematic Stop-Go Geodetic GPS

1999 Research reports

- Events and outcomes of Open Day 1999
- Determinants of Reproductive Success in female Red Kangaroos.
- Feeding ecology, nesting behaviour and nest-site selection of the wedge-tailed eagle.
- Red kangaroos and Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the arid rangelands: Factors impacting on water use.
- Vegetation, hydrology, and erosion mechanisms in arid zone streams and shrublands
- The Western NSW Archaeological program (WNSWAP) at Fowlers Gap
- Using In-Situ-Produced Cosmogenic Isotopes to Understand the Formation of Stone Pavements and Aeolian Deposited Soils at Fowlers Gap, North Western New South Wales.
- The effect of sheep grazing on lizard assemblages in the NSW arid zone.
- Digestive limitations and maintenance energy and nitrogen requirements of juvenile red kangaroos (Macropus rufus)Digestive limitations and maintenance energy and nitrogen requirements of juvenile red kangaroos (Macropus rufus)
- Acquisition and analysis of rainfall data from Fowlers Gap

1998 Research reports

- Determinants of reproductive success in female red kangaroos
- Parasites in ants
- Hydrology and erosion mechanisms in patterned chenopod shrublands
- An investigation of silcrete, ferricrete and the Telephone Creek formation at Fowlers Gap
- An investigation into soil hardpans at Fowlers Gap
- The properties of chenopod patterned ground: An investigation of a rangeland landscape feature at Fowlers Gap
- Environmental physiology of juvenile red kangaroos: Thermal biology and digestive physiology
- Channel morphology along an arid-zone river: Fowlers Creek, western New South Wales, Australia

1997 Research reports

- Metabolic and hormonal relations of arid-zone passerines
- Heartsize and mitochondrial density in red Kangaroos and feral Goats: A comparison of exercise capacities
- An evaluation of the controls on hillslope sediment transport in a small Australian arid zone catchment: a case study from Homestead Creek catchment, western New South Wales, Australia
- Morphological and metabolic responses of male White-plumed Honeyeaters to exogenous testosterone
- Thermoregulation by kangaroos from mesic and arid habitats: Influence of temperature on routes of heat loss in Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) and Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus)
- Hydrology and erosion mechanisms in patterned chenopod shrublands
- Energetics and biomechanics of locomotion by Red kangaroos (Macropus rufus)
- Food selection by the Euro (Macropus robustus erubescens)
- The quantitative assessment of Bladder Saltbush (Atriplex vesicaria) in rangelands using remotely sensed imagery at Fowlers Gap Station
- Nest-site spacing and selection, diet and parental care of the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) at Fowlers Gap
- Re-introduction of hand-reared Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus)
- The sociogenetic organisation of Rhytidoponera sp, 12 (Formicidae: Ponerinae)
- Flight behaviour and cooperation of female kangaroos with their young-at-foot: A comparison between species

1996 Research reports

- Behavioural and ecological interactions of mammalian herbivores in the arid-zone hills
- Feeding ecology of Red kangaroos: A comparison of juveniles and adults
- Hormonal relations of moult and breeding in White-plumed Honeyeaters
- Integrating remote sensing techniques for geological and soil mapping investigations at Fowlers Gap
- Effect of body size on foraging behaviour of Euros
- Discriminating vegetation composition with high spectral resolution imagery
- An understanding of the mechanics controlling the form of chenopod patterned ground, western NSW:- Completion of soil sampling and vegetation surveys
- The use of image classification for stone distribution and shape
- Soil cation distribution in chenopod patterned ground, arid western New South Wales, Australia
- A comparison between three different sites of patterned ground gilgai complexes: An insight into their formation
- Fowlers Gap station walks
- The quantitative assessment of Bladder Saltbush (Atriplex vesicaria) rangelands using remotely sensed imagery at Fowlers Gap Station
- Microsatellite analyses of Phytidoponera sp. 12
- Spatio-temporal interaction of mammalian herbivores in the arid zone

1971 - 2003 Early Research

The Research Station has an outstanding national and international reputation for research about the arid lands from a range of disciplines in the physical and natural sciences, as well as the built environment, arts and humanities. Research schools/units of UNSW including: Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, the former school of Wool and Animal Science, Architecture and the Centre for Remote Sensing. Macquarie University, University of Sydney, University of New England, Monash and Melbourne Universities. Government organisations, which have utilised the facilities, include: Department of Land and Water Conservation, CSIRO, and New South Wales, South Australian and Queensland Departments of Agriculture. Kangaroo, Geology, engineering geology and hydrogeology of Fowlers Gap Station