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See the Publications page for project outputs or contact Paul for reprints.


Postdoctoral researchers

Ahmad Barati: Noisy Miner management.


Christa Beckmann: female song in passerines.


Graham Hall: Monitoring pigeon, quail and waterfowl density in NSW.


Han Hu: A fresh look at the dinosaur-bird transition.


Lori Hurley: Noisy Miner research and undergraduate teaching.


John McEvoy: Waterfowl movements and density in NSW.



PhD projects

Ahmad Barati (2017). Cooperative breeding in the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala): the role of genetic relatedness, sex, extra-pair paternity and acoustic signals.


Farzaneh Etezadifar (2022). Re-colonisation dynamics of a highly social and aggressive bird, the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala): Variations in sex ratio, age composition and physiological condition.


Geoffrey Hughes (2022). The ecology and conservation of the endangered Bell's Turtle.


Candice Larkin (2022). Impact of Noisy Miners on raptor breeding ecology on the Northern Tablelands.


Jarrod Mesken (2022). What 3D-printed stimuli can reveal about anti-threat behaviour: a case study on the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala).


Christine L. Morton (2015). Vocal behaviour as an indicator of lamb vigour.


Kathryn T. A. Lambert (2015). Quantifying the importance of lantana removal, soil nutrient profiles, insect assemblages and bell miner density on Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD).


Leah R. Tsang (2019). Facultative zygodactyly in the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris): a comparative study.



Masters Projects

Salwa Eraeh (2013). Quantification of heterophil:lymphocyte ratios in the blood smears of Australian birds: an indicator of stress?


Jade Fountain (2018). Does the differential availability of resources influence observed levels of agonistic behaviour in Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala)?


Nicholas Leseberg (2013). Factors affecting the impact of Bell Miners and their colonies on the diversity,

spatial distribution and behaviour of other bird species.



Honours Projects

Liam Phillips (2022). Honours student - fine scale behavioural impacts of the lethal management of Noisy Miners.


Rebekah Davenport (2017). Factors that shape dominance hierarchies in Noisy Miners.


Jarrod Mesken (2017). Patterns of variation in the calls of a highly social avian species, the Noisy Miner.


Alice Bauer (2016). Raptor and raven competition in a sheep-wheat belt region of NSW.


Bernadette Lai (2016). Can Stubble Quail vocalisations be used as a tool for population monitoring?


Lucy F. Farrow (2015). Alarm signalling in a cooperative bird, the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala).


Samantha Doohan (2014). The impact of habitat fragmentation on predator-prey interactions, using Noisy Miner, Manorina melanocephala, as an indicator species.


Annalie Dorph (2014). Vocal communication in the spotted-tailed (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) and eastern quoll (D. viverrinus).


Penny Wright (2014). Lantana (Lantana camara) Invasion in areas of Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

Associated Dieback and its implications on terrestrial mammal and microbat population biodiversity.


Juliana Holt (2013). The acoustic repertoire of the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala).


For more information, contact Prof. Paul McDonald