Our field site is located about 45 minutes from Brisbane, so this last week was the first time that the students have been into Brisbane itself. We took the ferry into the city, visited the Queensland Natural History Museum, and saw Finding Dory (an appropriate movie choice when in Australia?).




Happy Birthday Trey!

We always eat well, but especially so on birthdays! Trey is a big fan of the strawberry champagne tim tams, which were the inspiration for his cake (thanks to Sarah D!). In general though, the new tim tam flavors have not been a big hit.


None of these come close to last years Three Beantim tams (coffee, vanilla, and cocoa beans, not to be confused with three bean mix).

None of these come close to last years Three Beantim tams (coffee, vanilla, and cocoa beans, not to be confused with three bean mix).


Lamington and Springbrook National Parks

Oftentimes days off here are as busy if not busier than work days. Here are a few more¬†pictures from a recent trip to Lamington National Park (adjacent to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, which has a feeding area for king parrots and crimson rosellas) and Springbrook.


Students for scale.


John and the IRES students at O’Reillys.


Nearby in Springbrook National Park. Maybe we could have fit 6 students?


Hiking at Springbrook.

Brisbane IRES month 1

Things have been busy here in Brisbane following the arrival of the IRES students. We’ve got a full field house with 6 undergraduate IRES students, 3 graduate students, and 3 technicians, plus several visitors over the past few weeks, including a week-long visit from the PIs, seen below taking their turn in the kitchen to make dinner for 16!


The students are all hard at work on their independent projects, and have been busy even on days off with trips to Noosa, Lamington, and Springbrook National Parks.




Brisbane again!

IRES 2016 is about to start in Brisbane, and we are busy prepping the house for the arrival of the undergrads (ie making trips to Ikea and Big W). Here are Joe, John, and Mary Margaret at Ikea getting bunk beds and John/Joe putting them together. We’re pretty much ready!



Making beds.

Making beds.

Brisbane 2015

Sam and Nicole are in Queensland near Brisbane for the winter at the Lake Samsonvale field site (joining Cornell students that have been working here for about 6 years). The site is very different than Darwin; perhaps the subspecies melanocephalus may be more appropriately named the orange-backed wren!

Darwin "red" subspecies RBW

Darwin “red” subspecies RBW

Brisbane "orange" and Darwin "red subspecies of RBW

Brisbane “orange” subspecies RBW

There are also two other species of fairywrens here: variegated and superb! Stay tuned for more updates from Brisbane.

Variegated fairywren

Variegated fairywren

Superb fairywren

Superb fairywren