Call for research directory submissions

Subject: Call for research directory submissions
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 1996 14:28:35 +1000

Thanks to all subscribers who voted on the issue relating to the proposed 1996 
Directory (see Birding-aus, Wednesday 11 December 1996), and especially to 
those who
provided additional comments/suggestions.  I am sorry for not waiting until the 
5 pm
deadline for all responses, but the result is fairly clear-cut and I have to 
catch a
?plane bound for Sydney this evening. I hope I have not offended anyone by 
closing the
vote early. The result of the vote is shown below:


I wish a 1996 Directory of funded research projects on Australian birds be 
displayed on
birding-aus early in 1997.

YES:    36                      NO:  0

It appears then that there is sufficient interest in the compilation of a bird 
directory which I am prepared to collate. At the request of a number of people 
responded to the survey, I will also link the directory to the RAOU?s main web 
site, the
Virtual Emu <>. Therefore, I am now seeking
information about funded Australian bird research projects that were conducted 
in 1996,
and it is up to you to provide me with it. The information for each project 
should be
provided in the following format:

Title of project:
Chief Investigators (including supervisors):
Host institution or organisation:
Optional project description (no more than 50 words):
Time-scale (including starting and finishing dates):
Funding agency(ies):
Telephone No.:
E-mail address:

I have a fairly liberal interpretation of what is meant by a ?funded project?. 
A project
that is supported by a research grant is obviously a funded project. A project 
that is
without a grant but has institutional support (eg most student thesis projects) 
also be regarded as a funded project because of the provision of resources (eg
professional supervision, office and lab facilities, field equipment) by the

An ?unfunded project? is one that is without both a research grant and 
support. I have deliberately not asked for information on unfunded projects to 
allow the
manageable compilation of the 1996 Directory. However, if the compilation of a 
directory becomes an annual event, then it may be possible to include unfunded 
in future years.

It is now up to you to provide me with information for the 1996 Directory. You 
know of colleagues who do not subscribe to Birding-aus or who are not hooked up 
to the
Inernet - I urge you to bring this notice to their attention, because we want 
the 1996
Directory to be as comprehensive as possible.

Information for the 1996 Bird Research Directory should reach me by 5 pm, Friday
7 February 1997.  I will then endeavour to have the Directory displayed on 
by the end of that month.

Contributions should be e-mailed to me at <> or faxed to 
me at the
RAOU Office on (03) 9882 2677.

All the very best wishes for Christmas and may you have an exciting and 
prosperous New

Dr Stephen Ambrose
RAOU Research and Conservation Manager

Email:  S.Ambrose<research >  (at work)
          (at home)

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