ABRS Grants awarded

Research grants awarded for the 2015–2016 round

Fungi/Lichens

Recipient: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, QLD
Principal Investigator: L.Coates
Project Title: An inventory of Colletotrichum species infecting tropical and subtropical fruit crops in Australia based on molecular phylogenetics
Amount: $115 500 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Vascular Flora

Recipient: James Cook University, QLD
Principal Investigator: A.Field
Project Title: Next-generation tassel-fern systematics: species delimitation in the Phlegmariurus phlegmaria complex (Lycopodiaceae)
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The Trustee for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, NSW
Principal Investigator: M.Duretto
Project Title: The Australian Spermacoceae (Rubiaceae: Rubioideae): systematics, evolution and historical biogeography
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The Trustee for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, NSW
Principal Investigator: T.Wilson
Project Title: Systematics of Australian Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): application of molecular data to assess relationships and resolve interspecific ambiguities
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Protists

Recipient: Macquarie University, NSW
Principal Investigator: L.Strotz
Project Title: Biodiversity and biogeography of benthic Foraminifera from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Terrestrial Fauna

Recipient: Board of the Queensland Museum, QLD
Principal Investigator: O.Seeman
Project Title: Monster mites: A revision of the Australian Megisthanidae (Acari: Mesostigmata: Trigynaspida), the world’s biggest Mesostigmata
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: University of Wollongong, NSW
Principal Investigator: J.Wallman
Project Title: Integrative systematics of Australian flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae)
Amount: $115 500 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The Trustee for the Australian Museum Trust, NSW
Principal Investigator: F.Koehler
Project Title: Evolutionary systematics and conservation biology of rainforest snails and semislugs of the family Helicarionidae in Queensland
Amount: $231 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The University of Queensland, QLD
Principal Investigator: T.Cribb
Project Title: Parasites of commercial fishes of Moreton Bay: a multi-disciplinary analysis of diversity
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: Board of the Queensland Museum, QLD
Principal Investigator: M.Rix
Project Title: Taxonomy and systematics of Australian trapdoor spiders of the tribe Aganippini (Mygalomorphae: Idiopidae)
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Marine Fauna

Recipient: The Trustee for the Australian Museum Trust, NSW
Principal Investigator: L.Hughes
Project Title: The description of coastal, salt marsh and wet-forest talitrid amphipods of Australia (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Talitridae)
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Capacity-building grants awarded for the 2015–2016 round

Non-salaried researcher grants

Flora

Recipient: Individual, ACT
Researcher: A.Orchard
Project Title: Compilation and publication of the correspondence of the botanist Allan Cunningham
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2015

Fauna

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Researcher: K.Davies
Project Title: Describing new species of Ficophaga (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) from figs
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: South Australian Museum, SA
Researcher: L.Warner
Project Title: Taxonomy and systematics of Acanthocephala from the freshwater fish of New South Wales
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: South Australian Museum, SA
Researcher: C.Watts
Project Title: Systematics and distribution of Australian Marsh beetles (Scirtidae)
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2015

Honours/Masters Scholarships

Flora

Recipient: Australian National University, ACT
Student: X.Weber
Project Title: Identifying and describing new species in the southern bull-kelp genus Durvillaea
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Fauna

Recipient: Griffith University, QLD
Student: B.Ingram
Project Title: Characterising the diversity, abundance and distribution of gelatinous zooplankton off north-western Australia
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The University of Sydney, NSW
Student: C.Van Der Wal
Project Title: Phylogeny of the mantis shrimp family Squillidae (Crustacea) using morphological and molecular data, with description of new species and genera
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2015

APA Top-Up Awards

Fauna

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Student: G.Van Der Schyff
Project Title: Diversity, phylogeny and evolution of host associations in Labeninae parasitoids, with a revision of the genus Labium (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Student: E.Fagan-Jeffries
Project Title: Systematics and host relationships of the microgastrine wasp genus Apanteles (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Recipient: The University of Queensland, QLD
Student: S.Martin
Project Title: Taxonomy, biogeography and evolutionary expansion of opecoelid trematodes in tropical carnivorous Perciformes
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 29 January 2015

Student Travel Grants awarded for the 2013–2014 round

Recipient: Murdoch University, WA
Student: A.Sutton
Project Title: Influence of oceanography on the krill assemblage of the Leeuwin Current system, south-east Indian Ocean
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Sydney, NSW
Student: D.Arab
Project Title: Phylogenetics and evolution of Australian Nasutitermitinae
Amount: $825 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: University of Western Sydney, NSW
Student: T.Sutton
Project Title: Ecology and evolution of fig-pollinator-parasite interactions
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Western Australia, WA
Student: B.Anderson
Project Title: Diversity in the Triodia basedowii E.Pritz. species complex and its implications for the evolution of the Australian arid zone biota
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: Flinders University, SA
Student: R.Dew
Project Title: Taxonomy and systematics of the native bee genus Exoneurella; changes in historical population size with climate change
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: University of New England, NSW
Student: N.Thomas
Project Title: Systematics of Tasmannia informs biogeography of Winteraceae
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Queensland, QLD
Student: P.Mills
Project Title: Chromosomal evolution and systematics of the Australian gall-inducing scale insect Apiomorpha
Amount: $825 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Melbourne, VIC
Student: J.Shelley
Project Title: The Kimberley Ark: assessing and conserving freshwater fish biodiversity in Australia’s last pristine river systems
Amount: $825 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Student: T.Mutton
Project Title: Systematics and ecology of a new carnivorous marsupial species and systematic relationships within its genus, Antechinus
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Sydney, NSW
Student: A.Lawrence
Project Title: Understanding Australian arthropod disease vectors and related zoonotic disease in Australian urban and peri-urban environments
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: University of Western Sydney, NSW
Student: A.Hall
Project Title: Description of a new psyllid-eucalypt association; its biology, placement within genus, parasitoids and symbiotic interactions
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: South Australian Museum, SA
Student: P.Czechowski
Project Title: Insights into the soil biodiversity of the Southern Prince Charles Mountains in the context of the abiotic environment
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 6 May 2014

Recipient: Museums Board of Victoria, VIC
Student: R.Laver
Project Title: Resolving the taxonomic significance of high mtDNA diversity in lizards of the northern Australian Monsoon Tropics (AMT)
Amount: $1 650 (incl. GST)
Term: less than one year
Approval date: 15 May 2014