Wildlife, Cake And Cocktails

WCC Ep.53. Platypus eDNA with Tamielle Brunt

November 22, 2019

We’re joined by Tamielle Brunt, PhD student at UQ studying the distribution and habitat requirements of Platypuses around South-East QLD. Tamielle has a passion for these amazing aquatic monotremes, engaging local communities in WildlifeQLD’s Platypus Watch programs since 2016. We discuss her PhD research, including eDNA monitoring to guide planning for the persistence of platypus populations, urban and naturalized habitat requirements, and much more, over Moon River cocktails and Mudcake!

Follow Tamielle on Twitter@tamiellebrunt and IG@platypus_protector.

Check out Platypus Watch at Wildlife.org.au/platypuswatch


New Research:

Richmond et al. 2018 A diverse suite of pharmaceuticals contaminates stream and riparian food webs. Nature Communications. 9. 4491. DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-06822-w.

Asahara et al. '16. Comparative cranial morphology in living and extinct platypuses: Feeding behavior, electroreception, and loss of teeth. Science Advances. 2, 10. e1601329
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601329.

Carrick et al. 2019 Limitations on the use of historical and database sources to identify changes in distribution and abundance of the platypus. Response to A silent demise: Historical insights into population changes of the iconic platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Global Ecology and Conservation. 20:e00777. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00777.

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