ILWS PhD Candidate
The detectability of cryptic birds (Lewin's rail and other rail species) to assist with conservation/management options.
Liz 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.
Rails 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.
Liz has worked with Clare Thomson to create a video to demonstrate the outcomes and workings of her collaboration with QUT in relation to the article published "Long-duration false-colour spectrograms for detecting species in large audio data-sets."
Membership of Advisory Boards
Liz has been appointed a member of the Federal Government Threatened species Cocos Buff-banded Rail Advisory Panel.
Peer Reviewed papers
Hand, C.E., Znidersic, E. & Tegeler, A.K. (2019) First Documentation of Eastern Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) Breeding in South Carolina, USA in More Than a Century, Waterbirds 42: 237-241, https://doi.org/10.1675/063.042.0212
Znidersic, E., Flores, T., Macrae, I., Woinarski, J.C.Z., & Watson, D.M. (2019) Camera trapping and transect counts yield complementary insights into an endangered island endemic rail. Pacific Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC18067
Watson, D. M., Znidersic, E. & Craig, M. D. (2018) Ethical birding call playback, and conservation. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13199
Towsey, M., Znidersic, E., Broken-Brow, J., Indraswari, K., Watson, D. M., Phillips, Y., Truskinger, A. & Roe, P. (2018) Long-duration, false-colour spectrograms for detecting species in large audio data-sets. Journal of Ecoacoustics, 2, IUSWUI. https://www.veruscript.com/journals/journal-of-ecoacoustics/visual-detection-of-vocal-species-in-large-audio-data-sets/
Znidersic, E. (2017) Camera traps are an Effective Tool for Monitoring Lewin's Rail (Lewinia pectoralis brachipus) Waterbirds 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, E. & 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
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.
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, E. (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, E. (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)
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
Masters CSU, 2013
Strategic Research Area
Campus Distance Education