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Christopher Stuart Jones

Christopher Stuart Jones
Arthur Rylah Institute · Aquatic Ecology

PhD

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Introduction
I am a quantitative ecologist primarily working on vegetation within or adjacent to waterways but have broad research interests in plant and animal ecology. Recently, I have been working a lot on ecological responses to environmental flows in regulated rivers and floodplains. I am also working on several collaborative projects on woodland management and tree hollow use and microclimates.
Additional affiliations
December 2016 - present
Arthur Rylah Institute
Position
  • Senior Researcher
September 2015 - December 2016
Biosis
Position
  • Consultant Botanist
January 2014 - September 2015
University of Melbourne
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
February 2008 - December 2013
University of Melbourne
Field of study
  • Quantitative plant ecology
February 2004 - December 2007
University of Melbourne
Field of study
  • Botany and Zoology (+ Hons in Botany)

Publications

Publications (20)
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In temperate climates with cool‐season (winter/spring) dominated rainfall, river regulation typically reduces natural flow peaks and increases warm‐season flows for irrigation, often to the detriment of stream health. However, the mechanisms driving seasonal effects of elevated river flows on herbaceous plants are not well understood. Our study aim...
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Understanding the impact of management interventions on the environment over decadal and longer timeframes is urgently required. Longitudinal or large-scale studies with consistent methods are best practice, but more commonly, small datasets with differing methods are used to achieve larger coverage. Changes in methods and interpretation affect our...
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Context. Supplementary shelters for hollow-dependent fauna, such as timber or plywood nest boxes, have much drier and less thermally insulated cavity microclimates than do natural tree hollows. Hollow-dependent endotherms can experience hyperthermia and dehydration when occupying poorly insulated nest boxes during extreme heat. Aims. We investiga...
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Livestock grazing in riparian areas has significant impacts on waterway ecosystems. In Australia, livestock grazing is allowed on many public waterway frontages under long-term licences. Many barriers to removing or restricting grazing on riparian areas exist, including concerns that removing grazing from historically grazed sites may favour invasi...
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Monitoring vegetation restoration is challenging because ‘best practice’ monitoring is costly, requires long-term funding, and involves monitoring multiple vegetation variables which are often not linked back to learning about progress toward objectives. There is a clear need for the development of targeted monitoring programs that focus on a reduc...
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Flow regulation impacts on riparian vegetation composition, often increasing the prevalence of exotic and terrestrial plant species. Environmental flows may benefit native riparian vegetation via the promotion of plant recruitment from riparian soil seedbanks, but this is dependent on an intact native seedbank. Thus, we assessed the composition of...
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Artificial tree hollows (e.g., nest‐boxes) are commonly deployed to mitigate the loss of mature trees within human‐disturbed landscapes. Their effectiveness as a habitat resource, and thus conservation management tool, is strongly influenced by the suitability of internal microclimate conditions. In south‐eastern Australia, spout hollows are a nest...
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River regulation has altered the seasonal timing of flows in many rivers worldwide, impacting the survival and growth of riparian plants. In south-eastern Australia, demand for irrigation water in summer often results in high river flows during a season that would naturally experience low flows. Although unseasonal high summer flows are thought to...
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Although variation in meal size is known to have an impact on digestive energetics, there is limited information on how it influences metabolic rate and energy assimilation in insectivorous bats. We investigated the influence of meal size, representing 10% or 20% of an individual's weight, on the digestive energetics of Gould's wattled bat, Chalino...
Technical Report
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This synthesis report summarises fish and vegetation monitoring and research conducted for Stage 6 of the Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program (VEFMAP), as well as communication and engagement efforts. A range of supplementary materials accompany the report, including journal articles, client reports, factsheets and summa...
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Anthropogenic disturbance has resulted in a global reduction in the abundance of mature, hollow‐bearing trees. Nest boxes have long been used to provide supplementary shelter sites in revegetated and regenerating landscapes, but limitations in their effectiveness when offsetting the loss of mature trees has led to increased interest in novel design...
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Globally, many bird species that rely on native woodland or forest environments are declining due to vegetation clearing for livestock pastures and cereal cropping. In many landscapes, woodland remnants are restricted to waterways and roadsides in narrow, sometimes degraded patches, and not all patches can necessarily provide the resources required...
Technical Report
The Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program (VEFMAP) was established by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in 2005 to monitor and evaluate the impacts of environmental flows in Victorian rivers. Stages 1-5 included a range of design, data collection, reporting and evaluation outputs and were comp...
Conference Paper
The Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program (VEFMAP) was initiated by the Victorian Government in 2005 and is tasked with providing evidence for environmental flow benefits in Victoria. In 2016, the program was revised to provide more detailed evidence of the short-term effects of environmental flows on vegetation and fish....
Technical Report
The Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program (VEFMAP) was established by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in 2005 to monitor and evaluate the impacts of environmental flows in Victorian rivers. Stages 1-5 included a range of design, data collection, reporting and evaluation outputs and were comp...
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There is a paradox in the shared objectives of ecology and conservation science, and the dissemination of their research: conservation is about preserving the environment, yet scientists spread this message using conferences with heavy carbon footprints. Further, ecology and conservation science depend on global knowledge exchange-getting the best...
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Vegetation communities in Australia's riverine landscapes are ecologically, economically and culturally significant. They are also among the most threatened ecosystems on the continent and have been dramatically altered as a result of human activities and climate change. Vegetation of Australian Riverine Landscapes brings together, for the first ti...
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The pattern of cell division at shoot apices of Selaginella kraussiana is investigated using laser scanning confocal microscopy. The vegetative shoot possesses a single apical cell with two cutting faces that produce merophytes (apical cell derivatives) in a distichous manner. When the shoot dichotomizes, the apical cell divides into two cells, eac...

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Projects (4)
Project
This project is a compilation of collaborative projects I've been lucky enough to be a part of over the years that largely revolve around birds and tree hollows but include a few related things.
Project
Publishing research from my PhD and work at ARI.