Karl Vernes

Karl Vernes

Armidale, New South Wales

University of New England

Associate Professor, Mammal Ecology and Conservation

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Published on Feb 15, 2019

Initial Results on the Search for the Desert Rat-Kangaroo

Initial Results on the Search for the Desert Rat-Kangaroo We’re Back from the Desert … What Did We Find?Back in December we completed our second field trip, spending 10 days travelling the desert, ...

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Published on Nov 30, 2018

Return to the Desert

Hi Backers!We hit the road yesterday to return to the desert, loaded up with, among other necessities, 300 litres of drinking water, recovery equipment, several spare tyres, as well as e-purbs, a s...

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Published on Sep 15, 2018

Trip No. 1 to The Desert Completed!

5,000km and three blown tyres later (and various other minor adventures), we’ve completed our 2-week trip to the desert and have now returned to the University of New England.The trip was a great s...

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Published on Aug 29, 2018

Update from the Desert

We’ve began our fieldwork south of Birdsville!  It took nearly 3 days of driving to reach this tiny outback town (population 115) on Monday. Steve, Todd and I heading a few hours out of Birdsville ...

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Published on Aug 16, 2018

Funding Success!

A huge thanks to all backers who supporting us to reach our goal – and go beyond! Throughout the last 30 days we have been overwhelmed and truly honoured by the willingness and generosity of people...

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Published on Jul 31, 2018

... a little pale ghost from the 1840s

… That is how Hedley Herbert Finlayson described the desert rat-kangaroo or ‘oolacunta’ when he rediscovered the animal in 1931. At the time, it had been missing – presumed extinct – for 88 years, ...

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Published on Jul 25, 2018

A Brief History of Australian Mammal Rediscoveries

Australia has a sad history of recent mammal extinctions, with 27 species or subspecies currently assumed to be extinct. Losses are attributed to introduction of cats and foxes, over-browsing by fe...

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Published on Jul 23, 2018

Building Our Distribution and Habitat Model

We’ve begun collaborating with University of New England PhD student Sangay Dorji to build a distribution and habitat model for the desert rat-kangaroo, using point locality data we’ve gathered fro...

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Published on Jul 16, 2018

An expedition in search of one of Australia's most mysterious marsupials

BackgroundWe're really excited to launch our project today on Experiment.com! Our project team aims to search for an elusive desert marsupial called the desert rat-kangaroo – or ‘Ngurlukanta’ in th...

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Hi Frances. Short answer is 'nobody is completely sure'! If you haven't read Jim Trappe's excellent paper on desert truffles - I can recommend: Trappe, J. et al. (2008). 'Desert Truffles of the Australian Outback: Ecology, Ethnomycology, and Taxonomy. Economic Botany, 62 (3): 497-506. [Stable ...more