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Researcher: Munks, SA (Dr Sarah Munks)

Fields of Research

Terrestrial ecology
Wildlife and habitat management
Zoology
Conservation and biodiversity
Freshwater ecology
Forestry management and environment
Behavioural ecology
Population ecology
Landscape ecology
Forestry sciences
Comparative physiology
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Animal physiology - systems
Animal behaviour
Ecological physiology
Animal physiological ecology
Medical biotechnology
Animal systematics and taxonomy
Evolutionary biology
Agricultural biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors)
Host-parasite interactions
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Animal immunology
Microbial ecology
Environmental rehabilitation and restoration
Ecosystem function
Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Biogeography and phylogeography
Environmental assessment and monitoring

Research Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Native forests
Other environmental management
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Fresh, ground and surface water biodiversity
Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in fresh, ground and surface water
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Other culture and society
Harvesting and transport of forest products
Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

Astacopsis gouldi Clark: habitat characteristics and relative abundance of juveniles; Tasforests
Activity patterns and sharing of time and space of platypuses, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, in a subalpine Tasmanian lake; Journal of Mammalogy
Activity patterns, movements and burrows of platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in a sub-alpine Tasmanian lake; Australian Journal of Zoology
Aerobic dive limit and the organisation of the dive cycle in the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus; Sixth International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
Assessing body condition in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus): A comparison of new and old methods; Australian Journal of Zoology
Bird use of native trees retained in young eucalypt plantations: species richness and use of hollows; Wildlife Research
Changes in stream biota along a gradient of logging disturbance, 15 years after logging at Ben Nevis, Tasmania; Forest Ecology and Management
Changes to headwater stream morphology, habitats and riparian vegetation recorded 15 years after pre-Forest Practices Code forest clearfelling in upland granite terrain, Tasmania, Australia; Forest Ecology and Management
Characteristics of mammal communities in Tasmanian forests: exploring the influence of forest type and disturbance history; Wildlife Research
Dermatophilus congolensis infection in platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Tasmania, Australia, 2015; Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Development and evaluation of predictive habitat models to assist the conservation planning of a threatened lucanid beetle, Hoplogonus simsoni, in north-east Tasmania; Biological Conservation
Development of predictive models to assist the conservation of habitat for hollow-using fauna in Tasmania's production forest landscapes; The Ecological Society of America 91st Annual Meeting: Icons and Upstarts in Ecology
Distribution, habitat characteristics and conservation requirements of a forest-dependent threatened invertebrate Lissotes latidens (Coleoptera: Lucanidae); Journal of Insect Conservation
Diving behaviour, dive cycles and aerobic dive limit in the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A
Does hollow occurrence vary with forest type? A case study in wet and dry Eucalyptus obliqua forest; Forest Ecology and Management
Energetics of foraging and locomotion in the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus; Journal of Comparative Physiology B-Biochemical Systemic and Environmental Physiology
Energy allocation for reproduction in a marsupial arboreal folivore, the common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus); Oecologia
Forest-dependent Species Persitence in the Production Forestry Landscapes of NE Tasmania: Findings from Population Viability Analyses; Joint Conference: Australian Entomological Society's 36th AGM and Scientific Conference/7th Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation Conference/Society of Australian Systematic Biologists
From guiding principles for the conservation of forest biodiversity to on-ground practice: Lessons from tree hollow management in Tasmania; Forest Ecology and Management
Hollow-using vertebrate fauna of Tasmania: distribution, hollow requirements and conservation status; Australian Journal of Zoology
Influences of forest type and disturbance on reproduction of the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula); Journal of Mammalogy
Insectivorous bat activity in timber production forests in the headwaters of the South Esk River, North East Tasmania; Australian Zoologist
Investigation into individual health and exposure to infectious agents of platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in two river catchments in northwest Tasmania; Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Long-term survival of trees retained for hollow-using fauna in partially harvested forest in Tasmania, Australia; Forest Ecology and Management
Milk consumption and growth in a marsupial arboreal folivore, the common ringtail possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus; Physiological Zoology
Novel use of in-stream microchip readers to monitor wild platypuses; Pacific Conservation Biology
Platypus burrow temperatures; Monotreme III
Platypus burrow temperatures at a subalpine Tasmanian lake; Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
Preliminary investigation into the prevalance of mucormycosis in the platypus (Ornithorgynchus anatinus) in three catchments in north-west Tasmania; Australian Veterinary Journal
Relating upstream forest management to stream ecosystem condition in middle catchment reaches in Tasmania; Forest Ecology and Management
Research supporting restoration aiming to make a fragmented landscape ‘functional’ for native wildlife; Ecological Management & Restoration
Retention of large, old trees in alternatives to clearcutting with a comparison of ground- and helicopter-based assessments; Forest Ecology and Management
Short-term responses of native rodents to aggregated retention in old growth wet Eucalyptus forests; Forest Ecology and Management
Single-species sampling in Tasmania: an inefficient approach to invertebrate conservation?; Invertebrate Systematics
The breeding biology of Pseudocheirus peregrinus viverrinus on Flinders Island, Bass Strait; Wildlife Research
The design and testing of linen thread weak-links in brushtail possum radio-collars; Australian Mammalogy
The impacts of timber harvesting on stream biota - an expanding field of heterogeneity; Biological Conservation
The use of dataloggers to determine behavioural activity in the platypus (Ornithorynchus anatinus); Australia and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
The use of hollow-bearing trees retained in multi-aged regenerating production forest by the Tasmanian common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula fuliginosus); Wildlife Research
The use of temperature loggers to monitor tree hollow use by mammals; Ecological Management and Restoration
Variation in stream organic matter processing among years and benthic habitats in response to forest clearfelling; Forest Ecology and Management

Research Projects

Assessing the Effect of Habitat Type and Disturbance on Milk Composition and Physiological Parameters in the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula); Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (RZSNSW)
Assessing the Effect of Habitat Type and Disturbance on Milk Composition and Physiological Parameters in the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula); Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)
Assessing the effect of habitat type and disturbance on population size and structure, & physiological parameters, in the common brushtail possum; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Assessing the Effect of Habitat Type and Disturbance on Population Size and Structure, and Physiological Parameters in the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula fuliginosis):Stage 2; Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (RZSNSW)
Assessing the Effect of Habitat Type and Disturbance on Population Size and Structure, and Physiological Parameters, in the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus Vulpecula Fuligonosis); Ecological Society of Australia Limited (ESAI)
Beyond the Remnant: Local and Landscape Level Factors that Influence the Remnant Use and Persistence of Bats in the Landscape; Ecological Society of Australia Limited (ESAI)
Beyond the Remnant: The Influence of Local and Landscape Level Factors on Forest Dwelling Bats; Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (RZSNSW)
Beyond the Remnant: The Influence of Local and Landscape Level Factors on Forest Dwelling Bats; Australian Wildlife Society (AWSoc)
Beyond the Remnant: The Influence of Local and Landscape Level Factors on the Remnant Use and Persistence of Bats in the Landscape; Forest Practices Authority (FPA)
Beyond the Remnant: The Influence of Local and Landscape Level Factors on the Remnant Use and Persistence of Bats in the Landscape; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Contribution of Forest Remnants to the Persistence of Insectivorous Bats in the Landscape: Local and Landscape Level Factors that Affect their Use; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Contribution of Forest Remnants to the Persistence of Insectivorous Bats in the Landscape: Local and Landscape Level Factors that Affect their Use; Norman Wettenhall Foundation (NWF)
Distribution and habitat preference of the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus in a Tasmanian catchment; Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)
Distribution, Population Structure and Condition of Platypus in the Plenty River Catchment; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Equipment Support for Project - Value of Forest Remnants to Microchiropteran Bats; IDEA WILD (IDEAWILD)
Foraging ecology and energentics of the Royal Penguin; Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
How does Forestry Impact Headwater Streams?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Landscape Ecology of the Spotted Tailed Quoll; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Landscape Ecology of the Spotted-Tailed Quoll; Ecological Society of Australia Limited (ESAI)
Landscape Ecology of the Spotted-Tailed Quoll; Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)
Platypus energetics: field and laboratory studies.; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Effect of Habitat Disturbance on Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) Plasma Cortisol Concentration and Milk Composition; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
The Value of Forest Remnants to Microchiropteran Bats; Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)
The Value of Forest Remnants to Microchiropteran Bats; Bat Conservation International (BAT)

Research Candidate Supervision

An Ecological, Morphological and Molecular Investigation of Beddomeia Species (Gastropoda- Hydrobiidae) in Tasmania
Ecology and Habitat of a Threatened Nocturnal Bird, the Tasmanian Masked Owl
ENERGETICS AND FORAGING BEHAVIOUR OF THE PLATYPUS
Exploring the Influence of Disturbance History and Forest Type on an Arboreal Marsupial, the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), using a Multi-disciplinary Approach
Interactions Between Predatory Mammals in Tasmania (Spotted Tailed Quolls, Tasmanian Devils and Feral Cats) and the Effects on Behaviour and Abundance within Very Differenct Environments in Central Northwest Tasmania
Spatial Ecology and Conservation of Parrots in New Caledonia
Spatial Ecology of the Tasmanian Spotted-Tailed Quoll
The Effectiveness of the Multi-Spatial Scale Approach to Forest Management- A Case Study of Tasmanian Bats
Threatened Stag Beetles in Tasmania's Production Forests- Single-species studies contributing to biodiversity studies
Tree Hollows in Tasmanian Eucalyptus obliqua Forest and their Use by Vertebrate Fauna