ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Liz Znidersic

ILWS PhD Candidate

Topic

The detectability of cryptic birds (Lewin's rail and other rail species) to assist with conservation/management options.

Description

Liz ZnidersicLiz commenced her PhD in June 2015 as a DE student from Tasmania.  She is supervised by Professor David Watson and co-supervised by Professor John Woinarski from Charles Darwin University.

Her doctoral research investigates detection methods for secretive marsh (wetland) birds, critically evaluating acoustic-based, camera-based, and conventional survey-based methods. Liz is applying these monitoring techniques in multiple locations; Tasmania and off-shore islands, and, coastal and inland marsh systems in the USA to enable cross system comparisons.

For many marsh obligate species, qualitative and quantitative data are minimal or non-existent, her work highlighting the need for practical methods for data collection which are repeatable, accurate and cost effective.

Liz currently works part-time for Parks and Wildlife Tasmania, and has worked on many different wetland bird and shorebird species. She is also very active in environmental education and interpretation in schools and community groups.

RailRails and other wetland obligate species are generally cryptic ground dwelling birds that are particularly vulnerable to population declines without notice due to the limitations of current survey methodologies.  Liz's research is contributing to the ARC Discovery Project Bio-Acoustic Observatory: Engaging Birdwatchers to Monitor Biodiversity by Collaboratively Collecting and Analysing Big Audio Data.

Membership of Advisory Boards

Liz has been appointed a member of the Federal Government Threatened species Cocos Buff-banded Rail Advisory Panel.

Outputs

Peer Reviewed papers

Znidersic, E. (2017) Camera traps are an Effective Tool for Monitoring Lewin's Rail (Lewinia pectoralis brachipusWaterbirds 40(4) 417–422

Woinarski,  J. C. Z., MacRae, I.,  Flores, T., Detto, T.,  Reid, J., Pink, C.,  Flakus, S.,  Misso, m.,  Hamilton, N., Palmer, R., Morris, K., Znidersic, L. & Hill, B.  (2015) Conservation status and reintroduction of the Cocos Buff-banded Rail, Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi.
Emu – Austral Ornithology 116(1), 32–40 http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/MU15052.htm

Technical Reports

Johnston, M., Znidersic, E. (2018) Recommendations for the effective monitoring of cats and wildlife as part of an enhanced cat management program on French Island. Report commissioned by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Western Australia and Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

Conference Presentations

Znidersic, E., Towsey, M., Truskinger, A., Watson, D.M., Roe, P. (2017) Sounding out marsh birds—automated classification techniques for acoustic data.  International Bioacoustic Congress, Haridwar, India. 8-13 October.

Znidersic, E., Towsey, M., Truskinger, A., Watson, D.M., Roe, P. (2017) Sounding out marsh birds—automated classification techniques for acoustic data.  Australasian Ornithological Conference, Geelong, Australia. 8-11 November.

Znidersic, E. (2017). Camera traps are an effective monitoring tool for low detectability species-tales of rails. Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, March 20-24

Znidersic, E. & Hand, C.E. (2016).  Camera traps as an effective monitoring tool for low detectability species-A rail tale. Waterbird Conference in New Bern, USA, Sept 20-23

Robinson, S. and Znidersic, L. (2014) Promoting partnerships for island work and biosecurity awareness. Island Arks Symposium III. Hobart 2014.

Woehler, E. J., Carter, O., Faulkner, F., Gilfedder, L., McCuaig, A., Park, P., Ruoppolo, V., Sharples, C., Sparrow, l., Znidersic, L. (2012) Assessing the Threats to Beach-nesting Birds from Predicted Sea-level Rises, and Strategies for the Conservation and Management of Breeding Habitat. Coast to Coast 2012 Conference, Brisbane, September 2012. (Conference Presentation and Poster Presentation)

Posters

Znidersic, E. (2017). Camera traps are an effective monitoring tool for low detectability species-tales of rails. Poster presentation at the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, March 20-24

Hand, C. E, Brunk, K.M, Znidersic, E. &Tegeler, A.K (2016) Investigating vocalization patterns of the Eastern Black Rail in South Carolina. Poster presentation at the Waterbird Conference in New Bern, USA, Sept 20-23

Qualifications

Masters CSU, 2013

Strategic Research Area

Biodiversity Conservation

Campus Distance Education

Email

November 2017