Completed projects (Pacific Biological Foundation)

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Project ID Title Leader Institution
Amount

(Aus)

Period

Host specificity of insect herbivores on rain forest trees: a study involving ecologists, taxonomists, parataxonomists and village collectors V Novotny Parataxonomist Training Centre, Madang, Papua New Guinea $13,600  Nov 1999 – Jul 2002

The palms of New Guinea W Baker  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK  $62,500  Sep 1999 – Sep 2004

PBF 01-1  Drought assessment and response for small island nations in the Pacific I White  Centre for Resource & Environmental Studies, Australian National University $15,000 Aug 2000 – Sep 2003

PBF 01/2 Impact of portable sawmill logging operations on forest structure and regeneration in the lowland forests of West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea H Rogers Booyong Forest Services Pty Ltd $19,056 Aug 2000 - Apr 2009

PBF 01-3 Development of a sustainable captive breeding program for Ulysses butterflies as a reliable conservation tool P Temple-Smith Zoological Parks & Gardens Board, Victoria $29,616 Oct 2000 – May 2003

PBF 01-4  Investigating the evolution of the genus Parotia (aves: Paradisaeidae): Revealing the association between courtship display behaviour and bird of paradise biodiversity with implications for conservation. E Scholes Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, University of Kansas $15,460  Sep 2000 – Sep 2003

PBF 01-6  Determine the effects of a hunting moratorium on the current population status of Scotts Tree Kangaroo, Dendrolagus scottae, in PNG’s Torricelli Mountain Range P Temple-Smith  Zoological Parks & Gardens Board, Victoria $60,155  Feb 2001 – Apr 2003

PBF 01-7  Investigation of the initial human colonisation of Vanuatu M Spriggs  School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University $32,670  Mar 2001 – Jun 2003 

PBF 01-8  Studies in the genus Livistona (Arecaceae) – Louisade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, and Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands J Dowe Tropical Plant Sciences, James Cook University $11,050  Apr 2001 – Apr 2002

PBF 01-9  An early date for a Diprotodon (Marsupialia; Diprotodontidae) from the Papua New Guinea highlands J Menzies  Formerly University of Papua New Guinea $3,000  Dec 2001 – Dec 2002

PBF 01-10  The impacts of volcanic hazards on the Central Ha’apai Group, Kingdom of Tonga P Taylor Australian Volcanological Investigations $10,000  Mar 2001 – May 2002

PBF 01-11  The development and application of an antigen capture ELISA for detecting Fasciola infection in cattle in southeast Asia N Anderson Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University, Victoria $75,000 Apr 2001 – Sep 2004

PBF 01-12  The reproductive and nutritional ecology of the Palm Cockatoo in the southern watershed of Papua New Guinea R Heinsohn  Centre for Resource & Environmental Studies, Australian National University $23,180  May 2001 – Jul 2002

PBF 02-1  Orchids of New Guinea on CD-ROM E de Vogel  National Herbarium of The Netherlands, Leiden $45,000  Apr 2002 – Apr 2005

PBF 02-2  Volcanic hazards assessment of the Krummel-Garbuna-Welcker Volcanic Complex, Southern Willaumez Peninsula, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea R Torrence  Australian Museum, Sydney $11,970  Mar 2002 – Mar 2003

PBF 02-3  Tracing the antiquity of banana cultivation in Papua New Guinea C. Lentfer School of Environmental Science & Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore $14,820  Jun 2002 – Jun 2003

PBF 02/4 Building a starch reference collection for Southeast Asia C. Lentfer School of Environmental Science & Management, Southern Cross University $45,472  Jun 2002 – Jun 2005

PBF 03-1  Radio-tracking Long-Beaked Echidnas in Papua New Guinea  D Wright Wildlife Conservation Society, Goroka, Papua New Guinea $10,000  Oct 2002 – Oct 2003

PBF 03-2  Evolutionary relationships in Syzygium and allies (Myrtaceae) with particular emphasis on Fijian & New Caledonian species groups L Craven Australian National Herbarium and Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra $6,000 Dec 2002 – Dec 2003

PBF 03/3 Interactive identification keys to the common trees of Papua New Guinea B Conn Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney $45,000  Jan 2003 – Jan 2006

PBF 03-4  Distribution and abundance of Platymantis vitianus and P. Vitiensis on Viti Levu, Fiji C Morrison Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific, Fiji $25,684  Apr 2003 – Apr 2005

PBF 04-1 Archaeological investigation of the Lapita site of Teouma: the critical missing piece in the study of Central Vanuatu environmental and cultural history. M Spriggs School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University $13,000 Jul 2004 - Jul 2005

PBF 04/2 The impacts of volcanic hazards on the Tongatapu Group, Kingdom of Tonga, Southwest Pacific P Taylor Australian Volcanological Investigations $10,000 Jul 2004 - May 2008