Gardner Group - Avian ecology and climate change

We are interested in understanding species’ responses to environmental change. We make novel use of time-series available through museum collections and citizen science, with a particular focus on the effects of climate change on avian morphology. We work at a range of scales, from local, within-population dynamics up to continental-wide comparisons of different species in different climatic regions and regimes. We seek to understand the consequences of environmental change for the viability of populations: how climate drives changes in body size and shape, associated fitness costs for individuals and demographic consequences for populations. These factors ultimately determine the abundance and distribution of species so our work has a bearing on environmental management.

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Avian thermoregulation in the heat: integrating physiological and behavioural data to model the responses of desert birds to climate change

Event | Tue 4 December 2018

The ability of some birds to survive and breed in the hottest and driest habitats on the planet, despite their diurnal habits and high mass-specifi

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Birds are the “canaries in the climate-change coal mine”

Story | Thursday 30 April 2020
A bird study led by The Australian National University (ANU) provides new understanding of the ways birds and mammals respond to a rapidly warming world.

ARC grant success

Story | Friday 10 November 2017
The Australian National University (ANU) has won $24 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for 58 research projects across the University. 

Janet Gardner

Story | Thursday 29 September 2016

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