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By Author: Dr Richard Major

Holy mitonuclear co-evolution Robin! Supergene explains local adaptation to divergent climates

Genomic research on the Eastern Yellow Robin reveals a mechanism for local climate adaptation in the absence of a geographical barrier.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 14 Aug 2018

Birds flock to big urban parks

The size of a greenspace is the most important predictor of urban bird diversity.

By: Corey Callaghan, Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 16 Jul 2018

Fish dry, birds fly

A joint Ichthyology and Ornithology excursion to Coolah Tops helps fill in gaps in both collections.

By: Amanda Hay, Sally Reader, Leah Tsang, Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 22 May 2018

And how many times must a birder look up, before he can see all the birds – with apologies to Bob Dylan

Citizen science data is valuable for assessing avian biodiversity metrics within urban greenspaces

By: Corey Callaghan, Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 26 Apr 2018

How the urban bird gets the worm

Despite their proven predilection for carbohydrates, when the weather changes so does the diet of inner-city ibis.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 09 Apr 2018

Wing tags stand the test of time

Despite their reputation as urban hooligans, Cockatoos seldom vandalised their tags, allowing citizen scientists to study 100% of birds.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 27 Oct 2017

Carb-loading Ibis are long-term stayers

We know that Australian White Ibis enjoy a sandwich in the park, but it’s not just because sausages aren’t on offer.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 12 May 2017

Robins showing their true colours

Some Eastern Yellow Robins are brighter than others, but are they just drifting?

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 10 Feb 2017

Hollows as Homes

A unique and exciting project bringing together AMRI research and citizen science.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 03 Nov 2016

Hollows as Homes citizen science project

A collaboration aiming to build a comprehensive picture of the hollow resources available for native wildlife across Sydney

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: Science, Date: 03 Mar 2016