Curriculum Vitae

Email: alexander.anderson@my.jcu.edu.au

n Research interests

My research is focused on the ecology, conservation and monitoring of tropical avian biodiversity in a changing climate. I aminterested in distance-based field and analytical methods for accurate density estimation, and ways to tackle problems of detectability in monitoring for rare species and in diverse assemblages in a changing climate.I also have an interest in the implications of global change for functional ecologyand resilience in tropical forest ecosystems, and I am passionate about linking biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development via participatory research, and integrating traditional and western scientific knowledge for conservation outcomes.

keywords: birds, climate change, community structure, altitudinal gradients, diversity, distance sampling, long-term, ecological monitoring, functional ecology, resilience, montane, rainforest, participatory research

Current position: Visiting researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences: “climate change and resilience in tropical rainforest birds”.

n Academic History

2013: Post-doctoral research fellow, Centre For Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change: “Status and trends of vertebrate biodiversity in the Australian Wet Tropics”. Co-ordinator: Dr. Yvette Williams (+61 07 4781 5552)

2007-2012: PhD in tropical rainforest ecologyand ornithology, “Climate drivers and Community Structure in Rainforest Birds of North Queensland”. Principle supervisor: Prof. Steven Williams (+61 07 4781 5711).

2002-2003: Honours in zoologyPopulation genetic structure in the Grey-headed Robin”. Principle supervisor Dr. Michelle Waycott.

1999-2001: Bachelor of Science Zoology and Botany. Completed at James Cook University, QLD, Australia.

n Publications

  • Anderson, A.S. C.J. Storlie, L.P. Shoo, R.G. Pearson, S.E. Williams (2013) Current analogues of future climate indicate the likely response of a sensitive montane tropical avifauna to a warming world. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69393. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069393
  • Anderson, A.S., Reside, A., VanDerWal, J., Shoo, L.S., Pearson, R.G. andWilliams, S.E. (2012). “Immigrants and refugees: the importance of dispersal in mediating biotic attrition under climate change.” Global Change Biology. Download
  • Monica Gratani, James R. A. Butler, Frank Royee, Peter Valentine, Damien Burrows, Warren I. Canendo, and Alex S. Anderson (2011). ”Is Validation of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge a Disrespectful Process? A Case Study of Traditional Fishing Poisons and Invasive Fish Management from the Wet tropics, Australia”. Ecology and Society, Vol. 16, no. 3. Download
  • Anderson, A., Monasterio, C., Shoo, L.P. (2010). Breeding behaviour of the poorly known Australian hylid frog Litoria longirostris. Herpetofauna 40, 9-12.
  • Shoo, L. P., Anderson, A. and Williams, S. E. (2009). “On the isolated population of Lewinʼs Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii amphochlora) from the McIlwraith Range uplands, Cape York Peninsula, Australia: estimates of population size and distribution.” Emu 109(4): 288-293. Download

n Scientific analytical skills.

My education and subsequent research experience has given me a broad knowledgein eoclogical sampling design, data collection, data management and statistical analysis. My doctoral research has given me experience in statistical analysis using the R programming language includinglinear regression, abundance and occupancy modelling in “unmarked”, ordination techniques, and spatial analysis. I have also gained experience in manipulating large and complex biological data sets, including automation of complex or repetitive operations and using cluster computing resources for computationally intensive analyses. This has included the accessing and manipulation of large spatial data sets from remote sensed sources such as the MODIS data products, species distribution modeling using MAXENT. In addition, I have developed skills in data management in MS ACCESS, MySql, Excel, and competency in word processing and reference management in both PC and Mac environments.

n Field ecological experience.

My education, employment and volunteer history has given me the opportunity to develop a wide variety of field research skills including remote-area field logistics, planning and safety, the field identification of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians (with emphasis in Australia, but experience also in South-east Asia (especially Thailand and Indonesia), Central Asia, (especially Nepal) and South and Central America (especially Brazil and Costa Rica), and the use of specialised equipment such as GPS receivers, satellite phones, pitfall, cage and elliot traps, infra-red camera traps and climate data loggers. I have also been trained in specialised bird research techniques including mist netting, behavioural observation, bird banding and DNA sampling. I currently hold an “A” class banding license, permitting me to band birds independently for research purposes in Australia.

n Management, leadership and communication skills

My research, employment and volunteer history has also given me the opportunity to develop a range of skills useful in the management of research projects, and co-ordination of research teams in remote areas under sometimes difficult and unpredictable conditions, for example in collaborative expeditions with Australian Indigenous communities, volunteering in Brazil or teaching field ecology in Nepal. This has included working with teams including people from diverse cultural, socio-economic and education backgrounds, and multiple stakeholders. In these sometimes challenging team environments I have been able to develop skills in communication, leadership, and cultural sensitivity important in achieving positive outcomes. I have also been active in publishing and presenting my work in professional meetings, and developing international links in my research, including previous or ongoing collaborations with researchers in Australia, Spain, Portugal, Nepal, Costa Rica, Thailand, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway.

n Languages

English: native speaker.

French: fluent.

Portuguese (Brazilian): fluent.

Spanish (Castellano): intermediate.

n Conferences attended

2013: Association of tropical Biology and Conservation, Costa Rica (seminar): Exploring current analogues of future climate to evaluate the likely response of sensitive montane tropical birds to a warming world”.

2011: Marine and tropical Science research Facility Australia (seminar): “Rainforest birds on Cape York Aboriginal Land: a framework for indigenous and scientific cooperation to monitor climate change impacts in a biodiversity hotspot”.

2010: Association of tropical Biology and Conservation, Bali (Poster): “Climate drivers of rainforest bird assemblage structure: species-energy and climate history mechanisms in a meso-scale system”

2009: Australasian Ornithological Conference, (Seminar): “Latitudinal shifts in optimum elevation of rainforest birds in Northeastern Queensland and their relevance to predicting the impacts of climate change”.

2009: Australasian Ornithological Conference, (poster): Research on Country, good for researchers, good for the community

n Grants and awards

2008 Stuart Leslie Bird research Award, Birdlife Australia

2008 Skyrail rainforest Foundation Research Award

2007 Stuart Leslie Bird research Award, Birdlife Australia

n Teaching experience

2012: Field Teaching Staff. “Conservation In PracticeChitwan National Park. Nepal. Griffith University, Australia, and National trust For Nature Conservation, Nepal.

2011: Teaching Staff. “Climate Change Intensive” James Cook UniversitySchool of Marine and TropicalBiology, Queensland, Australia.Prof Stephen Williams.

2005-2011: Field teaching Staff. “Rainforest EcologyJames Cook University Zoology Department, Queensland, Australia. Prof.Ross Alford.

2005-2011: Field teaching Staff. “Australia’s Vertebrate Fauna” James Cook UniversitySchool of Marine and TropicalBiology, Queensland, Australia. Dr Lin Schwarzkopf.

2010: Guest lecturer: “Diversity of Australian Birds” James Cook University, Zoology Department, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

2009: Tutor: “Conservation Biology”. James Cook University School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Queensland, Australia. Prof. Chris Johnson.

2007: Field teaching Staff. “Field studies in Equatorial Tropics: Borneo” James Cook University School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Queensland, Australia. Prof. Simon Robson

2005-2006: Field teaching Staff. “Field Biology and Adaptation” James Cook University School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Queensland, Australia. Prof. Simon Robson

n Consulting employment history.

2012-2013: RPS Environmental Consulting, Cairns, Queensland Australia. Field ecological surveys of birds, mammals and plants as part of an impact assessment of a proposed wind farm. Supervisor: Jeff Middleton (+61 407 287 125).

2012: Consultancy “Walking on Kaanju Country Together” Cape York, Queensland, Australia. Collaborative flora, fauna and cultural expeditions with Kaanju traditional owners into Aboriginal land on Cape York Peninsula, Australia.

2012: Consultancy “Walking on Umpila Country Together” Cape York, Queensland, Australia. Collaborative flora, fauna and cultural expeditions with Umpila traditional owners into Aboriginal land on Cape York Peninsula, Australia.

2011: Consultancy “Walking on Ayapathu Country Together” Cape York, Queensland, Australia. Collaborative flora, fauna and cultural expeditions with Ayapathu traditional owners into Aboriginal land on Cape York Peninsula, Australia.

2002-2003: Earthworks Environmental Services. Field survey of bird populations on council lands. Townsville Queensland Australia.

n Additional employment History

2006: Field technical staff:CSIRO fauna survey in Australian Wildlife Conservancy property. Supervisor Dr. Alex Kutt.

2004-2006:Research technical staff: Phylogenetics of coral reef fishes: Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, James Cook University, Australia. Supervisor Dr Lyn van Herwerden (+61 07 4781 4111).

2001-2002 Technical staff: Queensland Herbarium, National Parks and Wildlife Service of Queensland; “mapping pre-european vegetation of the Australian Wet Tropics”. Principle supervisor Jeanette Kemp.

n Volunteering highlights

2012: Visiting scientist, National trust For Nature Conservation, Sauraha, Nepal. Project title: Birds of Barandabhar corridor forest”.

2001 INPA Harpy Eagle Conservation project, Manaus Brazil: Surveys and monitoring of nesting Harpy Eagles in Lowland Amazonian rainforests

2001 Birds Australia and Environment Australia Cape York Rare Bird Surveys. 14- day trip surveying for declining star finches and other species on Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York. Bird field identification and surveys in remote areas.

2000: Hinchinbrook Uplands Rainforest Survey Expedition. An 18 day expedition to Hinchinbrook island involving surveys of birds, mammals reptiles, and amphibians in rugged and remote rainforest areas requiring helicopter access.

1999-2000. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Capricorn- Bunker seabird surveys. surveys visiting a number of sand cays in the Capricorn-Bunker group off Gladstone, Queensland, surveying seabirds as part of on-going population monitoring.

1998: Environment Australia and Royal Queensland Geographic Society joint expedition to the Coringa-Herald Cays. A 20 day expedition to the remote Coringa-Herald cays in the Coral Sea, participating in surveys of the vegetation and seabirds.

n Community Outreach

I feel that researchers have a responsibility to communicate the importance of their work to an audience wider than that reached in the peer-reviewed literature. To this end I have also sought to engage with the broader community through presenting at rural and remote schools (e.g. Coen State School, Eungella State School, Pioneer Valley State Schools in queensland), festival workshops (e.g. Palm Creek children’s festival workshop “rainforest birds”, Woodford Folk Festival children’s festival workshop “rainforest birds and climate change”, Queensland) and through collaborations with artists (e.g. collaborative original music piece including bird recordings with Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra percussionist Bree van Reyk, broadcast in ABC radio “birdland” documentary).

n Professional Development and affiliations.

I currently work as an assistant editor for the open-access journal Checklist. I am a member of Birds Australia, the premier Avian research, education and Conservation NGO in Australia, and the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC).

n Other Interests

Buddhism, birdwatching, photography, travel, latin dance, hiking, cycling, sea kayaking and running.

n Referees

Dr Luke Shoo: Wilson Conservation Ecology Laboratory, University Of Queensland. St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia. l.shoo@uq.edu.au +61 7 3365 2709

Dr. Yvette Williams: James Cook UniversitySchool of Marine and TropicalBiology, Queensland, Australia +61 7 4781 5552.

Professor Stephen Williams: Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, James Cook UniversitySchool of Marine and TropicalBiology, Queensland, Australia +61 7 4781 5580.

 

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