The Agricultural Education Building (our home) was officially opened earlier this year on Monday 13th March by the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Barnaby Joyce.
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The research cabinet is designed to showcase the work of our scientists and share with the community their important research contributions, with the contents rotating on a regular basis. Currently on display is the telemetric equipment used by Professor Fritz Geiser the Torpor Lab and Behavioural and Physiological Ecology Research Centre to gather data in the field.
In the past, technology restricted detailed behavioural and functional studies on animals to within the laboratory. The major drawback of such studies is that animals often do not behave in captivity as they do in their natural environment. The development of small radio-transmitters have removed these limitations, and meaningful data can now be obtained remotely from free-ranging animals.
The focus of Professor Geiser’s study is to measure the body temperature fluctuations and energy expenditure of a Sugar Glider, Petaurus breviceps, after a bush fire event. Telemetry is a communication system that automatically transmits data from a remote device (in this case the radio-transmitter on the Sugar Glider) to the receiving equipment. The animal is first trapped, then weighed and measured before being released with the telemetric radio-transmitter attached. The device provides long-term data from the animal allowing scientists to simultaneously measure thermal biology, behaviour, activity patterns and the home range of animals in the wild.