A new paper in Ecological Applications

Congratulations to Julia White for the first paper from her PhD published in Ecological Applications.  In the paper we report on an experiment testing if wood with more surface complexity would be colonised by more individuals of and more species of invertebrates (as expected by ecological theory, but inconsistently detected),…

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New server, new look, new content

urbanstreams.net has moved to a new server.  To celebrate the move, I have spent some time giving the site a spruce-up: please have a look around. As previously announced, the interactive apps that urbanstreams.net used to host have moved to a separate server. My aim for urbanstreams.net now is for…

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Not all leaky tanks are good

Maybe that’s just me. Can any leaky tank be good? Well, for many years, starting with the Little Stringybark Creek Project, we have been promoting tanks that leak for passive irrigation, as a good stormwater management solution. A well-designed leak (to an adequate garden space) does little to alter the…

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Pump pitfalls

The self-seeded pumpkins have taken over the front raingarden. The grapevine’s leaves are turning brown and slowly shedding in the back. The raingardens’ productive summer ends with us in lockdown, giving me time to reflect on the raingarden news I have let slip over the last year. A year ago,…

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A new home for our apps

The shiny apps that urbanstreams.net has been hosting are migrating to a new server at tools.thewerg.unimelb.edu.au. Three are there now, with the rest to come on line soon. We are also in the process of migrating urbanstreams.net to a new server, where it will become primarily a repository for my…

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Sharing the raingarden joy

The raingarden‘s vine has provided us with great shade from our horrible, hot summer, and come March, it has provided us with a bumper crop of grapes that we have struggled to keep up with. As we reach the end of the season, the local lorikeets have discovered them. They…

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Well, I better get the raingarden diary going again then…

Thanks to Angela Ross and Annah Fromberg of the ABC for putting together their story on stormwater solutions featuring our raingarden. Nice work! It’s enough to shame me into keeping my new years resolution of resuming my raingarden story. The raingarden has really hit its straps this year, with a…

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Melbourne Water bug database now available

We have worked with Melbourne Water to collate their collection of macroinvertebrate assemblage records from streams of the Greater Melbourne region over the last 25 years into a database, and have made it available and searchable on an open-access web interface (https://tools.thewerg.unimelb.edu.au/mwbugs/). This rich resource of biological information has been…

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A data entry app for Australian stream macroinvertebrates

Sure, this might be a bit niche, but in preparation for the imminent release of a portal for Melbourne Water’s stream macroinvertebrate database, I’ve created a data-entry app for compiling macroinvertebrate assemblage data into a table that is suitable for entry into the database (and suitable for analysis on its…

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