Topics include: Birds influence on rainforest decline or recovery; carbon farming and bird conservation; altitudinal migration around Brisbane, and urban Rainbow Lorikeets. See full program below.


  • 9.00-10.00 Plenary Dr. Carla Catterall, Professor Griffith University
    (What do birds do for rainforest decline or recovery, and vice versa?)
  • 10.00-10.30 Morning Tea – Sponsor Displays
  • 10.30-11.00 Dr. Martine Maron, Lecturer University of Queensland
    (Avifaunal disarray from a single despotic species)
  • 11.00-11.30 Dr. Richard Noske.
    (Altitudinal Migration around Brisbane and the Problem of Historical Survey Data)
  • 11.30 -12.00 Dr. Ayesha Tulloch, Post Doc University of Queensland
    (Making the most of investment in citizen science: what makes a twitcher tick?)
  • 12.00-13.00 Lunch and Sponsor Displays. The ABSA AGM will be held during the lunch recess
  • 13.00-13.15 Claire Runge, PhD candidate, University of Queensland
    (Conserving nomadic birds)
  • 13.15-13.30 Jason Wimmer, PhD candidate, Queensland University of Technology
    (Effect of Observers on Calling Behaviour of Birds during Surveys)
  • 13.30-13.45 Julie Riordan, PhD candidate, Griffith University
    (Do Black-faced cormorant play favourites? An experimental test of the parent-offspring conflict in a brood reducing seabird)
  • 13.45-14.00 Juliana Rechetelo, PhD candidate, James Cook University
    (Movement and home range of the black-throated finch southern subspecies (Poephila cincta cincta) – preliminary results)
  • 14.00-14.15 Stanley Tang, PhD Candidate, James Cook University
    (Foraging behaviour of the Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) in relation to predation risk: group size and predator cues in a natural environment)
  • 14.15-14.30 Renee Chapman, Phd Candidate, Griffith University
    (The Social Dimensions of Feeding Birds in Australia and the United Kingdom)
  • 14.30-15.00 Afternoon tea – Poster Session & Sponsor Displays
  • 15.00-15.30 Dr. Paula Peeters, Threatened Species Unit, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Brisbane
    (Synergies between carbon farming and bird conservation in Queensland)
  • 15.30-16.00 Dr. Darryl Jones, Professor, Griffith University
    (Guided by the light: what is going on with those huge urban lorikeet roosts?)
  • 16.00-16.30 Awards and Close. Followed by BirdLife Southern Queensland AGM Posters
  • 14.30-15.00 Shufei Duan, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology
    (Automatic Animal Species Recognition)
  • 14.30-15.00 Scott O’Keeffe, PhD Candidate, Griffith University
    (Are Bush Stone-curlews Urban Adapters?)
  • 14.30-15.00 Lei (Stanley) Tang, PhD Candidate, James Cook University
    (Conservation genetics of the Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta) in a heterogeneous landscape – a project overview)
  • 14.30-15.00 Kiran L. Dhanjal-Adams, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland
    (Managing disturbance to migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay)
  • 14.30-15.00 Mathew Curtis, PhD Candidate, Griffith University
    (Migratory shorebirds, their movements, habitat selection and location)