New beetle species in Lamington paper by James

Warm greetings to PhD student James Tweed, who has discovered and described a new longhorn beetle species (and genus) while camping in Lamington. The paper came out this week (, attracting substantial media interest, raising public awareness of insects, their conservation and how much more we still need to learn about them.

See some links that may be of interest below:

Seminar at MARE, the Centre for marine and coastal research, University of Lisbon

Salit delivered a seminar at the Centre of Marine and Coastal Research MARE at the University of Lisbon about our coastal footprint work in collaboration with Prof Noam Levin

Seminar at University of Lisbon Centre of Applied Ecology

Salit delivered a seminar at the Centre of Applied Ecology in Lisbon about our invasive species, interactions and bird-mammal work

Welcome Aditya and Polly

Welcome to our new PhD students Aditya who will be working on island threatened and invasive birds in Indonesia and Polly, who will work on coastal area conservation in Bangladesh, enjoy UQ

New paper on backyard conservation in TREE

The paper is Junior’s first PhD publication, great effort and a very important paper

Warm greetings to Junior for publishing his first PhD paper, which is now out (early online) in Trends in Ecology & Evolution and may be of interest to many of you. The paper discusses a new concept we call Backyard Conservation in traditionally owned lands and presents a case study from Junior’s community on the island of Bougainville, PNG. See link to the paper: and pdf attached.

The TREE Editor has decided to start a new series and special issue in TREE focused on Local and Indigenous ecological knowledge, which is relevant to conservation work around the world and will come out in January, which is an important and timely initiative.

Presentation to Nepal

Odette and Salit delivered ab invited plenary talk to a 150 Masters student and faculty audience in

St. Xavier’s College and Tribhuvan University in Nepal

Our final report for the NESP islands project we led in the past 6 years is now available online with the first national-scale database of threatened species on Australian islands that we created

Welcome Laura, who has recently started her PhD with us in the joint UQ-Exeter program

Welcome to Anisha, our PhD student who has recently arrived in Brisbane from Pokhara

New Lancet Planetary Health paper: Covid and conservation

Our newest paper in @TheLancetPlanet discusses why protecting ecosystems & biodiversity is crucial for both planetary & human health. It results from collaborative work by team members. #COVID19 #biodiversity #OneHealth

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Except where noted, all photos are credited to Salit Kark, Noam Levin and Jeremy Kark.