18th May 2016

Danilo Harms – the new curator of the Zoological

Danilo Harms has swiftly resigned at Bennelongia to take up the highly esteemed position of Curator of the Zoological Museum (University of Hamburg). Due to its immense collection of Australian insects we look forward to future collaborations. His positive attitude and learned knowledge will be missed. Enjoy the greatest challenge so far at one of the eight largest collections […]

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3rd May 2016

Key staff changes

We would like to announce the departure of Dr Andrew Trotter. He served as Principal Scientist with distinction over the last seven years, both in the field and office. His input over the years has been highly valued without exception to writing over a hundred environmental impact assessments. Andrew was a key member of our family and has decided to […]

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10th September 2015

Two new copepod species discovered

A new paper has recently been published describing two new copepod species of the genus Anzcyclops from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The paper (link) is co-authored by Jane McRae and Stuart Halse of Bennelongia Environmental Consultants and Tomislav Karanovic of Hanyang University. It was published in Records of the Western Australian Museum and describes […]

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13th August 2015

Six new ostracod species discovered

Two new papers have recently been published as a result of ongoing research on the ostracod genus Bennelongia within Western Australia. The first paper (link) is co-authored by Koen Martens and Isa Schön from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Stuart Halse of Bennelongia Environmental Consultants. It was published in the European Journal of Taxonomy and […]

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13th February 2015

Seven new species of troglofauna

Seven new species of troglofauna from the subterranean diversity hotspot in the Pilbara have been described in three papers published in the second issue of Records of the Western Australian Museum for 2014. The paper by Graeme Smith from the Australian Museum and Jane McRae from Bennelongia describes three usually inquiline species of subterranean silverfish (troglofauna) from the tribe […]

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13th November 2014

ARC linkage project awarded

Bennelongia would like to congratulate the University of Adelaide, Curtin University and Flinders University on recently being awarded an Australian Research Council grant to study the food webs of stygofauna and the energy sources they use, as well as the potential use of environmental DNA for stygofauna monitoring. The project, “Subterranean invertebrate communities of arid […]

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4th August 2014

New publication on trapdoor spiders

Danilo Harms has co-authored a paper describing four new Mouse Spider species from the Pilbara and Carnarvon. The paper, a collaboration with Laura Miglio (Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Brazil), Mark Harvey (WA Museum) and Volker Framenau (Phoenix Environmental) was published in the journal ZooKeys  and can be downloaded here. Mouse spiders are one of the […]

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12th June 2014

Launch of Birds of the Murray-Darling Basin Conservation Statement

Stuart Halse has contributed to an article recently published by BirdLife Australia as part of their Birds of the Murray-Darling Basin Conservation Statement [link]. The work undertaken in 2008 took 2 months and three aircraft to complete, surveying waterbirds across 4,858 wetlands in Australia. This national waterbird survey was of an unprecedented scale and recorded much needed […]

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10th March 2014

Troglofauna in the vadose zone: sampling results & adequacy

Stuart Halse and Grant Pearson have just published a paper on sampling methods for troglofauna in the Journal of Subterranean Biology [link].  The paper also provides the first overall description of the taxonomic composition of troglofauna communities in WA and gives information on their ranges and depth of occurrence. Three broad conclusions are drawn from this […]

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22nd January 2014

Pilbara stygofauna: globally significant radiation of biodiversity

At last the results of the stygofauna surveys undertaken as part of the Pilbara Biodiversity Survey are available in a paper just published online in the Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 78 [link to Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 78] .  This paper on stygofauna complements the earlier paper [link] on wetland […]

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