Field Trips and Workshops FIELD TRIPS – Wednesday 3rd December Water, carbon, trees and mountains Cost: $93.50 Western Sydney woodlands and Blue Mountains - Visit two major experimental sites in the Sydney basin where movement of water and carbon are being studied at the whole-plant level, then onto Mt Tomah in the Blue Mountains, the cool-climate garden of the Botanic Gardens Trust, finishing off with a visit to Hawkesbury River winery. Tour led by Charles Morris – University of Western Sydney. Cost Includes: Transport in an air-conditioned coach, morning and afternoon teas, lunch, fruit and water available on board bus, park entry fees. Not included: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, alcoholic beverages. Ecology of the Illawarra: birds, fire and subtropical rainforest Cost: $99.00 Barren Grounds Nature Reserve and Minnamurra Falls - Travel from Sydney along the spectacular "Grand Pacific Drive" - the coast road to Wollongong - and through lush, green farmland and subtropical rainforest remnants up to the Illawarra escarpment and Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, formerly a RAOU Bird Observatory. Take a gentle 3-hour bushwalk with Dr Jack Baker (former warden of the observatory, "birdo" and raconteur) through heath and woodland, keeping your eyes and ears open for rare Eastern Bristlebirds and Ground Parrots, and hear about the extensive research on birds and fire done in the reserve. After a picnic lunch, the coach will take you to the beautiful Minnamurra Falls in Budderoo National Park, an important remnant of the once extensive Illawarra rainforests. Hear a talk by a local rainforest expert, walk to the falls, and after a quick afternoon tea, return to Sydney directly via the Princes Highway. Tour led by Jack Baker – DECC Cost Includes: Transport in an air-conditioned coach, morning and afternoon teas, lunch, fruit and water available on board bus, park entry fees. Not included: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, alcoholic beverages. Canyons and conservation: Sydney sandstone country Cost: $60.50 Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains -The Sydney sandstone basin is a major geological feature that dominates the Sydney region. It stretches from Gosford on the Central Coast, west to the Blue Mountains, and south to Nowra. It defines much of what is distinctive about the geology and ecology of the Sydney region. This trip explores the ecology and canyons of the beautiful Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, with a focus on rare and endemic plants, including the unique Wollemi Pine. The Blue Mountains WHA has an extremely high diversity of plants, with 152 families and 484 genera, including 92 species of eucalypts and 127 rare or threatened plant species. A staggering one hundred and thirty two of these vascular plants are endemic to the Blue Mountains. The canyons of the Blue Mountains in particular are special places, cool and narrow slots carved into the sandstone over thousands of years by watercourses, and they drip with ferns and mosses and provide habitat to a number of rare and endemic animals and plants. The most famous of these is the Wollemi Pine, discovered by David Noble (the trip host) in 1994 in a remote canyon, a tree preciously known only from fossils and thought to have been extinct for millions of years. The Grand Canyon is one of the few canyons that can be explored without special equipment, and the 5 km (3.5 hour) bushwalk is suitable for people with moderate fitness and is rated medium difficulty. Standard bushwalking gear is all that is needed. This walk is particularly enjoyable in summer, with its rainforest, waterfalls and towering cliffs. Tour led by Dave Noble - DECC Cost Includes: Lunch and transport from Blackheath Station to and from the canyon. Not included: Train travel from Sydney to Blackheath (return adult fare $27) is NOT included. Participants will be met at Blackheath station. Personal expenses & alcoholic beverages not included. Morning tea at own expense (Blackheath). Sydney Harbour cruise: marine ecology in an urban setting Cost: $96.80 This trip will explore some of the highlights of Sydney Harbour. Based on a professional charter vessel, we will cruise the inner harbour and heads whilst soaking up in the breathtaking views. On board, we will have members of the Sydney Harbour Institute of Marine Science to talk about the current research projects and significant discoveries made in the Harbour. At lunch, we will disembark at the Sydney Harbour Institute of Marine Science (at the beautiful Chowder Bay) where there will be a chance to tour the facilities, view some of the projects underway and meet members of the project teams. Tour led by Alistair Poore (UNSW) & Ross Coleman (USyd) Cost includes: Boat hire, lunch, transfers Not included: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, alcoholic beverages. WORKSHOPS – Wednesday 3rd December All workshops will be held at the University of Sydney and will run from 9.00am until 6.00pm except for the Wildlife Photography program which will be conducted from 9.00am until 1.00pm. New methods in multivariate statistics: a hands-on workshop with PERMANOVA+ Cost: ESA Members $198.00 Non ESA Members $308.00 Student ESA Members $98.00 Student Non ESA Members $198.00 PRIMER v6 is a well-known computer package for analysing multivariate ecological data. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to walk through the main features of the PERMANOVA + add-on (developed by Marti Anderson in conjunction with Bob Clarke and Ray Gorley) with a series of real examples to uncover its many features and to experience the freedom to explore, visualise and test complex multivariate hypotheses, all within the PRIMER v6 environment. Bring your own data if you have some that you'd like to ask questions about, as there will be some time to examine sample datasets, Workshop conducted by: Marti Jane Anderson Cost includes: Course notes, use of computer with software installed for the day, morning and afternoon tea, opportunity to purchase software license at a discounted rate. Not included: Lunch (food outlets are available close-by for participants to purchase lunch). GIS analytical techniques: spatial modelling of stream network data Cost: ESA Members $247.50 Non ESA Members $357.50 Student ESA Members $147.50 Student Non ESA Members $247.50 The purpose of this workshop is to share new ideas and software to better analyse data from stream networks. We begin by establishing the relationship of spatial statistical models to relevant ecological questions. We also describe a new family of geostatistical models using hydrologic distance that we developed for stream networks. Through several examples, we will then give step-by-step instructions for the analysis of data from stream networks. We will demonstrate GIS tools for calculating hydrologic distance parameters, and statistical tools for fitting geostatistical models for stream networks, including spatial regression, kriging, uncertainty estimation, and visualization techniques Workshop conducted by: Erin Peterson/Jay Ver Hoef (CSIRO) Cost includes: A CD containing course notes, example datasets, R code, and the Spatial Modelling for River Networks toolset (plug-in for ArcGIS v 9.2), use of computer with software installed for the day, morning and afternoon tea. Not included: Lunch (food outlets are available close-by for participants to purchase lunch). An introduction to "R" Cost: ESA Members $308.00 Non ESA Members $418.00 Student ESA Members $208.00 Student Non ESA Members $308.00 This one day course will provide an elementary introduction to the"" software for statistical modeling and computing. The course can cover a range of elementary topics that can be catered for course participants. Topics include: R and the (Tinn-R Editor), R objects, an introduction to graphics, manipulating data, importing and exporting data, an introduction to modelling in R. Workshop conducted by Petra Kuhnert and Min Zhu of CSIRO Cost Includes: Course notes, datasets, R scripts, use of computer with software installed for the day, morning and afternoon tea. Not included: Lunch (food outlets are available close-by for participants to purchase lunch). Wildlife photography Cost: ESA Members $93.5 0 Non ESA Members $104.50 In this half day course Pavel will guide participants through the principles and techniques of inspiring nature photography, and how to significantly improve documentary shots taken as part of study or work. The course will start with a slideshow of spectacular images from around the world, an outline of appropriat and affordable equipment, composition and what's different about shooting digital. This will be followed by a practical demonstration of techniques on some captive native animals, in which participants may try their hand (if they have their own equipment) or just observe. The morning will conclude with a Q&A session, and short talk on how to publish your photographs. Workshop conducted by Pavel German one of Australia’s leading exponents of wildlife and nature photography, publishing hundreds of images every year. He is probably best known for his captivating close-up shots of animals, and eye for detail. Cost Includes: Lecture and slideshow, practical demonstrations, morning tea, interactive discussions and feedback. Not included: No equipment is provided. POST CONFERENCE TOUR Disturbance and coastal ecological communities: Myall Lakes Cost: $260.00 The tour will spend two days in Myall Lakes National Park on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. Myall Lakes NP contains one of the largest coastal lake systems in NSW. The trip, led by Dr Barry Fox and Dr Jen Taylor will present a taste of the variety of vegetation types in the park (swamp, heathland, open forest and rainforest) and discuss the ecological research that has given insights to way the communities of the park respond to impacts of mining and fire, particularly the long-term studies by Barry and Fox and associated, and by Peter Myerscough. Cost Includes: Transport in an air-conditioned minibus, experienced driver, all morning and afternoon teas, 2 x breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner (one lunch and one dinner at own expense in cafe and restaurant), fruit and water available on board bus, park entry fees, bunk- style accommodation at UNSW Smith's Lake Research Station. Not included: Travel insurance (recommended), bedding (can be provided for an extra $12 pp), towels, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages. One café lunch and one restaurant dinner.
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