Kate Bryant

Kate Bryant
Murdoch University · Environmental and Conservation Sciences

BSc (Hons) PhD

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When using camera traps for wildlife studies, determining suitable camera models and deployment methods is essential for achieving study objectives. We aimed to determine if camera trap performance can be increased by (1) using cameras with wider detection angles, and (2) by periodically repositioning cameras within sites. We compared three camera...
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Context: Determining the most efficient detection method for a target species is key for successful wildlife monitoring and management. Driven transects and sign surveys are commonly used to monitor populations of the endangered numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). Camera trapping is being explored as a new method. These methods were unevaluated for eff...
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Camera traps are widely used to collect data for wildlife management, but species-specific testing is crucial. We conducted three trials to optimise camera traps for detecting numbats (Myrmecobius fasciatus), a 500–700-g mammal. We compared detection rates from (1) Reconyx PC900 camera traps installed at heights ranging from 10–45 cm, and (2) Recon...
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Authors or journals often claim internationality or multidisciplinarity based on assertion or qualitative evidence, while scientometric studies employ sophisticated analyses or software beyond the resources of occasional users to assess these concepts. This paper demonstrates how statistics used to describe ecological communities can be applied to...
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To assist the management of the critically endangered woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi), a quantitative study of its diet was conducted across five of the larger subpopulations in south-Western Australia. There was a close match between dietary composition established from foregut contents and faecal pellets. Woylies were predominantly mycopha...
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Roaming pet cats Felis catus are a significant conservation issue because they may hunt, harass and compete with wildlife; spread disease, interbreed with cats in feral populations, and hybridise with wild native felids. Studies of the roaming behaviour of pet cats are often hampered by modest sample sizes and variability between cats, limiting sta...
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International differences in practices and attitudes regarding pet cats' interactions with wildlife were assessed by surveying citizens from at least two cities in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, China and Japan. Predictions tested were: (i) cat owners would agree less than non-cat owners that cats might threaten wildlife, (ii) cat owners...
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Raw data underpinning the analysis of Rasch location scores reported in Fig 3. Res loc: location scores for the restriction scale. Ster loc: location scores for the desexing scale. Wild loc: location scores for the Wildlife scale. (XLS)
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Raw data underpinning the analysis of specific survey questions reported in Table 3. There is a separate spreadsheet for each question. 0 = agreement with the question, 1 = disagreement with the question. (XLS)
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The identification of species and population boundaries are important in both evolutionary biology and conservation. In recent years, new population genetic and computational methods for estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses in a quantitative manner have emerged. Using a Bayesian framework and a quantitative model-testing approach...
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Roaming pet cats kill and harass wildlife, hybridise with wild felids, interbreed with feral populations, spread disease or annoy neighbours, and endanger their own welfare by fighting, being struck by vehicles or ingesting poisons. Confinement of pet cats is unpopular, so alternative methods to curb roaming behaviour would benefit wildlife conserv...
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Despite overwhelming evidence for the common ancestry of life and evolution by natural selection, ideas invoking direct creation persist, disrupting teaching evolution as a central biological concept. While originating within fundamentalist Protestantism in the USA, creationist views are now prominent elsewhere and in other religions. Responses by...
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Many pet cats hunt and, irrespective of whether or not this threatens wildlife populations, distressed owners may wish to curtail hunting while allowing their pets to roam. Therefore we evaluated the effectiveness of three patterned designs (simple descriptions being rainbow, red and yellow) of the anti-predation collar cover, the Birdsbesafe® (BBS...
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Assessments of scientists’ research records through citations are becoming increasingly important in management and in bibliometric research, but the databases available may contain errors that reduce the reliability of assessments. We investigated this by profiling our personal records in five databases: Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Web of Science, t...
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Assessments of scientists' research records through citations are becoming increasingly important in management and in bibliometric research, but the databases available may contain errors that reduce the reliability of assessments. We investigated this by profiling our personal records in five databases: Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Web of Science, t...
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We tested whether four preservation methods for faecal samples affected the identification of dietary components from the mycophagous woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi). All storage techniques identified fungi as the most abundant food type (>69%), followed by plant material (9-17%) and invertebrates (<5%). Between 8 and 13% of material from ea...
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The process of evolution underpins all in biology, directs research and provides a unifying explanation for the history and diversity of life. The study of evolutionary biology draws on many disciplines (from molecular biology to ecology to palaeontology), and has applications in numerous areas, such as medicine, conservation, and agriculture. How...
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We analysed Pacific Conservation Biology's authorship and readership from 1993-2007 to quantify who publishes in the journal, who cites the journal, how the journal compares to other conservation journals and whether there are trends in authorship and useage over time. Authors came from Australia (73%, represented in 15 of 15 years), the Americas (...
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The honey possum Tarsipes rostratus, a marsupial endemic to South-Western Australia, feeds exclusively upon nectar and pollen. It is one of the smallest marsupials, with adult females (8-12g) significantly larger than adult males (6-9g). Honey possum males have the longest sperm (356 mcg) recorded for any mammaland the testes represent 4.2% body we...
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Honey possums, Tarsipes rostratus, tiny (7–12 g) flower-dependent marsupials, were trapped in three areas of south coastal heathland in Western Australia on 5–8 occasions each year from 1984 to 1995. Mark–recapture estimated annual mortality at 86%, with only a few individuals living for more than one year. Most females breed for the first time whi...

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The aim is to detemine most suitable survey methods to monitor numbat populations, and to learn about their habitat preferences. Methods tested include driven transects, animal sign surveys and remote sensor camera trapping (e.g. camera model testing, and fixed vs roving camera comparison).