Joanne Ainley is a Research Assistant at ARCUE with an Honours degree (First Class) which assessed the influence of traffic noise on the calling behaviour of two urban dwelling frogs occurring across Melbourne. Her areas of expertise include the collection of a range of zoological data, analysing and interpreting faunal behaviour, distribution, and abundance data.
Joanne has been involved in a number of amphibian and bat-focused projects, including the monitoring and research for the Grey-headed Flying Fox located at Yarra Bend Park; habitat suitability for the Common Bent-wing Bat at three mines located at Mount Piper Nature Conservation Reserve (published in Australasian Bat Society Journal 2003); and a micro-bat study (Arthur Rylah Institute) to assess the importance of patch size and age on private land within the Box-Ironbark region.
She has also assisted long-term monitoring of the critically endangered alpine frog (Baw Baw Frog, Philoria frosti) in Victoria; monitoring of the frog species Myxophyes balbus, M. iterates and M. fasciolatus in New South Wales, as part of the ‘Australia’s Vanishing Frogs’ Earthwatch Project; a distribution study of frog species within particular catchments; a distribution study of Bibron’s Toadlet and Southern Toadlet within a catchment; a distribution and habitat suitability study of Swamp Skink and has completed an urban based research project which investigated intraspecific communication in response to increasing traffic noise (results so far are published in the journal of ‘Society and Environment’ Volume 14: 2009).
While at ARCUE, Joanne has worked primarily on government funded ecological research projects, assisting the organisations to achieve and assess specific management objectives and goals for a range of environments and the threatened fauna that they manage.
Parris, K. M., Velik-Lord, M. & Ainley, J. M. (2009). Frogs call at a higher pitch in traffic noise. Ecology and Society, 14(1), 25. [online].