Tahneal Hawke

Tahneal Hawke

My PhD research aims to investigate the population dynamics of platypuses. Initially I am surveying along the Snowy, Thredbo and Eucumbene Rivers to determine differences in population size, sex ratio, age structure and survival between these populations, and to determine if dams act as a physical barrier to platypus dispersal. I'll also be using stable isotope analysis to infer trophic relationships and dietary composition. I'll be assessing platypus healthy using haematological and biochemical analyses to investigate differences in blood chemistry and diseases between the populations. This project will also attempt to explore the impacts of the reintroduction of environmental flow releases from the Jindabyne Dam on downstream platypus populations, with particular focus on the effects these events have on juveniles, given that the timing of the release coincides with the breeding season.

Contact details: Email: t.hawke@unsw.edu.au Phone: 0431706244 Office: Bldg D26 Rm 508

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