In collaboration with Dr Gopi Sundar, Co-chair, IUCN Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group, and Director of SarusScape, we use elemental and stable isotope analysis to examine dietary differences between Brolga (Grus rubicunda) and Sarus crane (Grus antigone) in northern Queensland.

We found that there were dietary differences with regards to their primary food sources, which matched with differences in vegetation composition at preferred habitat sites.

For more information, contact Dr Kate Brandis


Feather map of Australia

A joint research project between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of NSW (UNSW), we are enlisting “citizen scientists” to gather bird feathers from inland wetlands.

Captive or wild?

This collaborative pilot project between the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the Centre for Ecosystem Science, is using nuclear science techniques to determine whether it is possible to distinguish between captive and wild Short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus) using their quills.