Australia and the Pacific

Research in Australia has been fruitful. We successfully documented the migratory route of the orange-bellied parrot, extended the known ranges of dozens of species from the red-necked kangaroo to Peripatus insignis (a bizarre primitive invertebrate), and collected life-history data on marsupial carnivores such as swamp antechinus, white-footed dunnart, and quoll. Further, we produced the first-ever demographic study of the Tasmanian devil.

In Hawaii we are running a long-term population, life-history, and evolutionary study of a rare, probably endemic, rock wallaby. We have done ecological research on native lizards, insects, and forest birds such as the Poo-uli, first discovered in 1973.

In Fiji we are studying rare reptiles including the endemic mid-Pacific iguanas.