Issue 10 - 7 November 2011 enews home

Honours graduand to address top ecologists


By Patrick Nelson

Lauren Young

Lauren Young at an experimental field site near Alice Springs
CDU first-class Honours graduand Lauren Young, of Alice Springs, will address some of Australia's top ecologists at a conference in Hobart this month.

Lauren, who completed her Honours program in June, will present "The influence of invasive buffel grass on bird behaviour in semi-arid central Australia" at the Ecological Society of Australia's annual conference.

"I'm looking forward to sharing information about my observations and research findings with some of Australia's most influential ecologists and naturalists," she said.

Lauren's research project gave her the opportunity to compare bird behaviour in areas of thick buffel grass coverage with areas dominated by native herbaceous plants.

"I found a reduction in the cover of native herbaceous plants in areas of dense buffel cover," she said.

"Ground-dwelling birds spent less time on the ground and foraged less often in the areas with higher buffel grass cover."