1 August 2022
Just announced: Dr Rebecca McIntosh and Dr Kevin Rowe will be two of our keynote speakers for the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society! Check out the conference page to read their bios and talk titles.
25 July 2022
More conference news! You can now register for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the Western Australian Museum. Visit the various areas where mammals are preserved and researched, in the dry collection, wet collection, palaeontology collection and the molecular systematic unit (mammal DNA!). Get in quick, as spots are limited! And don't forget to register for the conference and conference dinner (and why not grab yourself an AMS t-shirt while you're at it!). Follow this link for all the details.
20 July 2022
Registration is now open for the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society. Check out the conference page for all the details, including links to the conference and dinner registration. This year we are also offering a t-shirt with our fabulous conference logo - don't miss out on this season's must-have fashion trend (well, for Aussie mammologists anyway...)! Get those abstracts in!
28 June 2022
The Perth council is excitedly organising this year's conference, which is shaping up to be a fabulous event! You won't want to miss out on our first in-person meeting in 3 years - check out the conference page for all the details. Mammologists - get those abstracts in!
26 May 2022
Exciting news! This year Cosmos magazine is running the inaugural Australian Mammal of the Year competition. Head to the magazine to nominate your favourite species, and read stories from mammal enthusiasts spruiking their favourite species to try to to win your vote. Read more about the competition here.
10 May 2022
Be sure to check out the latest AMS newsletter, available to members here. Catch up on what's been happening in the society and get the latest AMS updates, including:
- 2022 AMS Conference Announcement
- Science Meets Parliament report
- Featured student member
- Update on Australian Mammalogy publishing model
- Call for Australian Mammal Society Award nominations
5 May 2022
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society, an in-person meeting for the Society for the first time since the pandemic started. This will be held in Perth from the 27th to the 30th of September 2022. The Perth AMS Council is now busy planning the venue. See the conference page for more details.
22 April 2022
Call for Symposia & Workshops for IMC-13. Proposals for Symposia and Workshops for the 13th International Mammalogical Congress (IMC-13) are now being accepted. The IMC-13 meeting will take place 14 to 20 July 2023 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The meeting will be hosted by the American Society of Mammalogists. Proposals are due by 1 August 2022 and should be submitted using the online application form. See the IMC website for details
3 March 2022
Reminder Membership Payments Are Now Due! There are many benefits to AMS membership, including access to members-only content, eligibility for Society Prizes, reduced registration for annual conferences (or free online), as well as access to the society’s journal, Australian Mammalogy. Membership runs from 1st Jan to 31st December each year. You can view the current membership fees here, or log-in to the members-only area and renew your membership today!
Do you know an AMS member that should be acknowledged for their contribution to natural history? Please nominate them (or yourself) by emailing a brief justification to the AMS Secretary. More information can be found here.
Have you checked out our new Australian Mammal Society Facebook page yet? Please head on over and Like our page! Do you have Australian mammal content you would like to share? We want to hear about your new papers, projects, photography or even volunteer call-outs. You can post here, tag us in your own posts or forward material to our Communications Officer. And don't forget our Twitter account (@AusMammals).
20 December 2021
The latest AMS newsletter is now available, login to the member section of the website to check it out. If you're not already a member, why not join? Membership gives access to members only content (like the newsletter), Society Prizes, reduced conference registration, and the society’s journal (Australian Mammalogy). Membership runs from 1st Jan to 31st December each year.
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4 October 2021
The 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society was successfully held online from 28th September to 1st October. We had 83 presenters and 242 registered attendees. This year’s online conference gave Australian mammalogists and students an opportunity to showcase their research, and despite it being such a difficult year for many due to travel restrictions, we were left in no doubt that the community is continuing to conduct fantastic research on mammals.
25 June 2021
The 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society (AMS) will be held online from 28th September to 1st October 2021, hosted by the Perth committee. Registration is free to AMS members. The virtual conference will begin with a day of student workshops, followed by a 3-day scientific program, with presentations grouped by theme. The AMS will hold an annual general meeting (AGM) on the second day of the scientific program, and in-person conference dinners will be held in multiple hubs across Australia on the final day. More details, including how to register, can be found here.
16 September 2020
The 66th Annual Scientific meeting of the Australian Mammal Society has been transformed. This year, the meeting will be a virtual conference run from the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University from 17-18 November. Registration is free to AMS members. For non-members, registration is the price of membership. For details, including abstract submission, please visit the website here.
21 July 2020
The AMS Committee has made a submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. Read the AMS Committee's submission here.
As many AMS members would be acutely aware, Australia has the worst record for mammal extinctions globally, with introduced domestic cats being a primary driver of these extinctions.
In our submission, AMS highlighted the key facts (supported by peer-reviewed scientific research) about the impact of feral and domestic cats in Australia.
These key facts are:
- Feral cats have been implicated in the extinction of at least 22 Australian mammals.
- Feral and domestic cats are distributed across >99.8% of the area of Australia and its islands.
- Feral and domestic cats cumulatively eat BILLIONS of Australian native species every year.
- Although feral and domestic cats are key drivers of extinction and decline, they are just one of many threats impacting Australian mammals (and other taxonomic groups).
27 May 2020
We have a call by Marlee Tucker from the Max Planck Institute, and international collaborators, to help with data for a project to explore the potential changes in mammalian movement patterns in response to the current COVID-19 lockdowns. If you think you are able to contribute data to this exciting project, please have a look at this PDF for more information.
26 May 2020
Lyndall Dawson has released a new book entitled: 'Tunnels in time: the discovery, ecology and extinction of Australia's marsupial megafauna.' For more information, click here.
24 April 2020
The AMS Council has made a submission to the EPBC expert review panel. Our document makes suggestions for improvement to the EPBC Act, which is currently under review. To read the AMS Council submission, click here.
20 April 2020
The International Federation of Mammalogists meeting (IMC13) will be held in Anchorage Alaska USA 9th to 15th July 2021 and is a Joint meeting with ASM. Workshop and Symposium proposals are due on 1st of May. You can find information about the meeting here, the guidelines for proposal of symposia here and those for proposals of workshops here.
25 February 2020
6 February 2020
Two PhD projects are up for grabs as part of a 20 year conservation and research program to Re-wild the Southern Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. In particular, these PhD projects relate to the Reintroduction of Brush-tailed bettongs onto the Southern Yorke Peninsula, focusing on survival, bettong reintroduction biology and the ecological costs and benefits associated with the reintroduction. For more information, click here and here.
9 January 2020
For some recent commentary by our scientists regarding the effects of recent fires on wildlife, click here.
The EPBC Act is up for its 10-yearly review, but the review panel does not include any experts in conservation or ecology. For more information on how you can make your expert voice heard in this important process, please click here.
20 September 2019
At the last AGM of the Australian Mammal Society, the membership voted to send a letter to the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily d'Ambrosino, voicing their concerns about the potential for future logging in the Strathbogie ranges to impact on important populations of the Greater Glider. You can find our letter here, and the response here.
9 October 2018
The NSW Government has tasked the Natural Resources Commission to deliver independent research to better understand how koalas are responding to regeneration harvesting on north coast state forests. This work is one action under the NSW Koala Strategy. The Commission has released a request for proposals to deliver this research.
Please find the request for proposal document and submission form attached.
We would appreciate it if you could distribute the details provided in this email and attached documents to relevant contacts who may be interested in submitting a proposal.
The request for proposal closes at 9 am AEST on the 12 November 2018.
You can also read more and access the request for proposals and submission form on the Commission’s koala research webpage: http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/koala-research
Regards, Anna Bissett Anna Bissett | Advisor Natural Resources Commission Level 6, 52 Martin Place (enter via 127 Phillip St), Sydney | GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001 T: 02 9228 4841 M: 0408 699 474 | email@example.com | www.nrc.nsw.gov.au
Please see the link below for an amazing position within our Wildlife Conservation and Science team at Zoos Victoria for a Threatened Species Biologist! The closing date is August 27th.
Threatened Species Biologist, ZV – Please click here to get the vacancy details.
Please feel free to circulate this to anyone you think may be interested.
Many thanks, Marissa
Dr Marissa Parrott | Reproductive Biologist Wildlife Conservation & Science Zoos Victoria | Elliott Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052 P: 03 9340 2729 | M: 0425 724 562 firstname.lastname@example.org | zoo.org.au
Crowd funding campaign for desert rat-kangaroo
I have started a crowdfunding campaign on an international scientific research platform called Experiment.com, and I’m looking for your support and help in getting the word out from AMS Members.
You can learn about the project, promote via Facebook and Twitter, and get involved here.
Our project team aims to search for a small desert marsupial called the desert rat-kangaroo or ‘Ngurlukanta’. There is great mystery surrounding the status of this animal, and it has intrigued me for many years. Our 2-week expedition will trek to one of Australia’s most harsh and remote deserts to set camera traps for this elusive animal and to map the habitat of where sightings have been reported. I’m looking for backers for this research, and for you to help me get the word out as far and wide through your network.
You can learn about the project, promote via Facebook and Twitter, and get involved here.
Cheers, Karl Vernes