Dr Ross Crates is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Difficult Bird Research Group at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Dr Crates has broad interests in ecology, environment and conservation, with a focus on birds.

His research topics include threatened species’ monitoring, loss of song culture in critically endangered regent honeyeaters, managing noisy miners for woodland bird conservation and conservation genetics of the King Island scrubtit and brown thornbill.

He works closely with collaborators from BirdLife Australia, state and federal government and Taronga Zoo.

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Captive breeding impacts chances of survival in the wild

Animals bred in captivity can experience significant changes to their bodies, behaviour and health, which affects their chances…

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