ABRS Grants awarded

Research grants awarded for the 2014–2015 round

Fungi/Lichens

Recipient: James Cook University, QLD
Principal Investigator: S.Abell-Davis
Project Title: Systematic catalogue of arthropod infecting fungi in the genus Cordyceps sensu lato (Hypocreales, Ascomycota) and related genera, from Australian rainforests
Amount: $148 500 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Vascular Flora

Recipient: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, NSW
Principal Investigator: N.Nagalingum
Project Title: A comprehensive phylogeny and classification of the threatened cycad genus Cycas
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Melbourne, VIC
Principal Investigator: T.Schuster
Project Title: Untangling the phylogeny of amphi-pacific lignum (Muehlenbeckia Meisn.) through genomic data
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Principal Investigator: T.Scharaschkin
Project Title: Generic delimitations in Rottboelliinae (Andropogoneae, Panicoideae, Poaceae) based on phylogenetic analysis of molecular and morphological data
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, NSW
Principal Investigator: R.Jobson
Project Title: Phylogeny, phylogeography and species limits within the genus Themeda Forssk. (Poaceae)
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: James Cook University, QLD
Principal Investigator: C.Micheneau
Project Title: Next-generation systematics for Australia’s challenging taxa: unravelling phylogeny, evolution and species delimitation in the sun orchids (Thelymitra Orchidaceae)
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Terrestrial Fauna

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Principal Investigator: A.Austin
Project Title: Systematics and biology of endemic Australian braconid wasps (Hymenoptera)
Amount: $148 500 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: Queensland Museum, QLD
Principal Investigator: J.Beard
Project Title: Improving diagnostics for flat mites (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) — an integrated morphological and molecular approach
Amount: $231 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: Queensland Museum, QLD
Principal Investigator: P.Couper
Project Title: Queensland’s hidden reptile diversity; morphological and molecular systematics of reduce-limbed skinks (Lerista) of the endangered northern vine thickets
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), ACT
Principal Investigator: D.Yeates
Project Title: A phylogeny, systematic revision and key to the genera of Australian soldier flies (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)
Amount: $297 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: The University of New South Wales, NSW
Principal Investigator: A.Namyatova
Project Title: Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the cryptozoic bug subfamilies Isometopinae, Cylapinae, and Psallopinae (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae) of Australia
Amount: $247 500 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Marine Fauna

Recipient: Griffith University, QLD
Principal Investigator: A.Carroll
Project Title: Integrating morphological, biochemical and molecular datasets in mycalids (Porifera: Demospongiae: Mycalidae), with the identification and description of new species
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Principal Investigator: K.Sanders
Project Title: Biodiversity of critically endangered but poorly-known sea snakes in North-west Australia
Amount: $33 000 (incl. GST)
Term: Three years
Approval date: 15 May 2014

Capacity-building grants awarded for the 2014–2015 round

Non-salaried researcher grants

Flora

Recipient: Curtin University, WA
Researcher: E.Davison
Project Title: Molecular characterisation of Amanita spp. from section Phalloideae from Western Australia
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2014

Recipient: State Herbarium of South Australia, SA
Researcher: W.Barker
Project Title: Taxonomic studies in Australian plant families traditionally placed under Scrophulariaceae s.lat. I. A revision of Phrymaceae
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2014

Fauna

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Researcher: K.Davies
Project Title: Clarifying the taxonomy of Schistonchus (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae)
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2014

Recipient: South Australian Museum, SA
Researcher: A.McArthur
Project Title: Publication “A Guide to Camponotus Ants of Australia”
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2014

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 2014

Recipient: Federation University Australia, VIC
Researcher: P.Greenslade
Project Title: Phylogeography and morphological descriptions of undescribed montane Australotomurus (Collembola: Entomobryidae: Orchesellinae) with supporting sequence data
Amount: $5 500 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval Date: 29 January 2014

Honours/Masters Scholarships

Flora

Recipient: The University of Melbourne, VIC
Student: A.Crowe
Project Title: Genetic assessment of species concepts in eucalypts
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2014

APA Top-Up Awards

Flora

Recipient: University of New England, NSW
Student: M.Stimpson
Project Title: Systematics, evolution, ecology and taxonomy of the Banksia spinulosa complex
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2014

Recipient: University of New England, NSW
Student: N.Thomas
Project Title: Systematics of Tasmannia informs biogeography of Winteraceae
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2014

Fauna

Recipient: The University of Adelaide, SA
Student: D.Stringer
Project Title: Using an integrative taxonomic approach to investigate the systematics and evolution of groundwater-dependent crustaceans from the Australian arid zone
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2014

Recipient: Edith Cowen University, WA
Student: G.Perina
Project Title: Biogeography and phylogenetics of the relictual, interstitial Bathynellidae (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Bathynellacea) in Australia
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2014

Recipient: University of Tasmania, TAS
Student: A.Throssell
Project Title: Systematics and biogeography of the Australian scopariine moths (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Scopariinae)
Amount: $11 000 (incl. GST)
Term: One year
Approval date: 29 January 2014

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