Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research

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Staff & Student Publications | Relevant Board Publications


In Press

Sagata K., A.L. Mack, D.D. Wright & P.J.
Lester.  In Press.  The influence of nest availability on the
colonization, abundance and diversity of twig-dwelling ants in a Papua New
Guinea forest.  Insectes Sociaux.
 
Dixson B.J., K. Sagata, W.L. Linklater and A.F.
Dixson.  In Press
Male preferences for female
waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
 
American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

2010

Sinclair JR, Tuke L, and Opiang MD (2010).
What the locals know: comparing
traditional and scientific knowledge of megapodes in Melanesia.
In: Tidemann S,
Gosler A, Gosford, R (eds.). Ethno-ornithology: global studies in indigenous
ornithology: culture, society and conservation. Earthscan, London.

 

2009

Balke, M., I. Ribera, L. Hendrich, M.A. Miller, K.
Sagata
, A. Posman, A.P. Vogler and R. Meier.  2009. 
New Guinea highland origin of a
widespread arthropod supertramp.
  Proc. R. Soc. B 276:2359–2367. 

 
Heinsohn, R., T. Zeriga, P. Igag and
A. Mack.
2009.  Do Palm Cockatoos
(Probosciger aterrimus) have long enough life spans to support their
low reproductive success?
Emu 109: 183-191.
 
Legra, L.  2009.  Biogeography, ecology and
conservation of Paradisaeidae: Consequences of environmental and climatic
changes.  Masters thesis. University of Kansas, USA. (kuscholarworks.ku.edu/dspace/handle/1808/5588)
 
Novera, J.  2009. 
Seasonality and
subsistence hunting practices among the Sokamin people in Saundaun Province,
Papua New Guinea.
  Honours thesis, University of Papua New Guinea.
 

Journal of Mammology CoverOpiang,
M.
 2009.  Home ranges,
movement and den use in Zaglossus bartoni, from Papua New Guinea.

Journal of Mammalogy 90(2):240-346.
 
Sagata K. and Opiang D. M.   2009.  A
preliminary study on the digging behavior of Long-Beaked Echidnas (Zaglossus
bartoni
).  Science in New Guinea  29:71-78.


Simons, R.E. and L. A.T. Legra.  2009. 
Is the Papuan
Harrier a globally threatened species? Ecology, climate change threats and first
population estimates from Papua New Guinea.
  Bird Conservation
International 19:1–13.
 
Warakai, D.  2009. 
Tree cavities, tree
cavity-using wildlife, and experimenting with nest boxes in Papua New Guinea.
  Honours thesis, University of Papua  New Guinea.

2008

Beati, L., J. Keirans, L. Durden and M. Opiang
2008.  Bothriocroton oudemansi (Neumann, 1910) n. comb. (Acari:
Ixodida: Ixodidae), an ectoparasite of the western long-beaked echidna in Papua
New Guinea: re-description of the male and first description of the female and
nymph. Systematic Parasitology 69:185-200. 

Kale, E.  2008. 
Density, diversity
and reproductive patterns of small mammals in the Crater Mountain Wildlife
Management Area, Papua New Guinea.
  Honours thesis, University of Papua New
Guinea.

Legra, L., X. Li and A.T. Townsend.  2008. 
Biodiversity
consequences of sea level rise in New Guinea
. Pacific Conservation Biology
14:191-199.
 
Sagata K. and P.J. Lester.  2008. 
Behavioral plasticity
associated with propagule size, resources, and the invasion success of Argentine
ants.
  Journal of Applied Ecology 46(1):19-27. 
 
Yhuanje, K.  2008. 
Sustainability of
hunting in Sokamin, Sandaun Province and maximum sustainable percentage off-take
of commonly hunted mammals in New Guinea.
Honours thesis, University of Papua
New Guinea.

 

2007

Balke, M., A. Kinibel and K.  Sagata
2007.  Rhantus
elisabethae
sp. n. – a new diving beetle from Papua New Guinean highlands
(Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).
 Mitteilungen der Münchner Entomologischen
Gesesellschaft  97:17-21. 
 
Balke, M., J. Poans, I. Ribera, K. Sagata and A.P.
Vogler.  2007. Infrequent
and unidirectional colonization of hyperdiverse Papuadytes diving
beetles in New Caledonia and New Guinea.
  Molecular Phylogenetics and
Evolution 42:505–516.
 
Sagata, K.  2007. 
The influence of propagule size on incipient colony establishment of invasive Argentine ant,
Linepithema humile
Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
  Master thesis,
Victoria University of Wellington.

2005

Balke M., L. Hendrich, K. Sagata and G. Wewalka. 
2005.  Hydaticus dintelmanni sp.n. from Papua New Guinea highlands
(Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).  Linzer biologische  Beitraege
37(2):1251-1255
 
Gamui, B. 2005. 
Litter production and net
primary productivity of a tropical montane forest in Papua New Guinea.
Honours
thesis, University of Papua New Guinea.
 
Legra, L.  2005. 
Nest-site selection
and behavioural biology of the New Guinea Harpy Eagle, Harpyopsis novaeguineae.
  Honours Thesis, University of PNG.
 
Opiang, M.  2005. 
A study of home
range, movement and den use in long-beaked echidnas, Zaglossus bartonii,
in the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Papua New Guinea.
  Honours
thesis, University of Papua New Guinea.
 
Shaverdo, H.V., K. Sagata and M. Balke. 
2005. Five new species of the
genus Papuadytes Balke, 1998 from New Guinea (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).

Aquatic Insects 27:269-280.

 

2004

Johnson, A., R. Bino and P. Igag.  2004. A
preliminary evaluation of the sustainability of cassowary (Aves: Casuariidae)
capture and trade in Papua New Guinea. Animal Conservation 7:129-137. 

 
Legge, S., S. Murphy, P. Igag and A. L. Mack. 
2004. Territoriality and density of an Australian migrant, the Buff-breasted
Paradise Kingfisher, in the New Guinean non-breeding grounds.
Emu 104:15-20.

2003

Igag, P.  2003. 
Breeding biology and
reproductive success of three large Rain forest parrots; Palm cockatoo
Probosciger aterrimus
, Vulturine’s parrot Psittrichas fulgidus and
Eclectus parrot Eclectus roratus in New Guinea.
  Masters thesis,
Australian National University.
 
Kigl, M.  2003. 
Riverine waste disposal:
Porgera mine sediment impact on the Porgera-Lagaip-Strickland river systems.
  Honours thesis, University of Papua New Guinea.
 
Sagata, K.  2003. 
Colonization of
twig-nests by forest litter ants in a Papua New Guinean wet highland tropical
forest.
  Honours thesis, University of Papua New Guinea.
 
Supuma, M. 2003. 
Plant dynamics of a Papua
New Guinean hill forest.
  Honours thesis, University of Papua New Guinea.

 

2002

Igag, P and S. Murphy.  2002. Palm
Cockatoo Conservation in Papua New Guinea. PsittaScene 51:6-7.

 

1998

Igag, P. and S. Garnett.  1998. Roosting
of the Palm Cockatoo in New Guinea. Eclectus 5:37-38. 

Staff & Student Publications |   Relevant Board Publications


PNGIBR Relevant Board Publications

In Press or Under Review

West, P.  Under Review.  The End
brings the beginning: Decline, violence, and rebirth in a Papua New Guinean
conservation story. 
 
West. P.  Under Contract
From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: Crystallizing Coffee from Papua
New Guinea.
 Durham: Duke University Press.
 
West, P.  In press.  Making The
Market: Specialty Coffee, Generational Pitches, and Papua New Guinea. 
Antipode. 

2011

Mack, A. L. and D. D. Wright. 
2011. 
Training Manual for Field Biologists in Papua New Guinea.
  Green
Capacity Publication One, USA. 

2009

Carrier, J.G. and P. West, eds. 2009. 
Virtualism, Governance and Practice
.  London: Berghahn Books. 
 
Carrier, J.G. and P. West, eds.  2009. 
Surroundings, Selves and Others: the Political Economy of Identity and the
Environment.  Landscape Research 34 (2).
 
Heinsohn, R., T. Zeriga, P. Igag and A. Mack.
2009.  Do Palm Cockatoos
(Probosciger aterrimus) have long enough life spans to support their
low reproductive success?
Emu 109: 183-191.

Mack, A.L. 2009.
Predicting the effects of climate
change on Melanesian bird populations: the constraints of too many variables and
too few data.
In: Leisz, S.J. & Burnett, J.B. (eds.), Climate Change and
Biodiversity in Melanesia. Bishop Museum Technical Report 42(9), 15 pp.

Oppel, S., and A.L. Mack. 2009. 
Bird assemblage and visitation
pattern at fruiting Elmerrillia tsiampaca (Magnoliaceae) trees in Papua
New Guinea.
  Biotropica 41:1-7.
 
West, P. and J.G. Carrier.  2009. 
Introduction: Surroundings, Selves, and Others: The Political Economy of
Environment and Identity.  Landscape Research. 34 (2):157 – 170.
 
West, P. and J.G. Carrier. 2009. Introduction:
Virtualism, Governance and Practice, a new approach. In Virtualism,
Governance and Practice
.  P. West and J.G. Carrier, eds. London: Berghan
Books.
 
West, P., D. Brockington, and J. Igoe. 2009. Parks
and Peoples: The Social Effects of Protected Areas. In Biodiversity and
Conservation
. R. Ladle, ed. London: Routledge.

2008

Jones, E.R., L.M. Curran, D.D. Wright and
A.L. Mack.  2008.
Differential effects of
mammalian seed predators on the regeneration of five Papua New Guinean tree
species and implications for sapling recruitment.
  Journal of Tropical
Ecology 24:259-267.
 
Peterson, R., P. West, D. Russell and P. Brosius. 
2008.  Seeing (and
Doing) Conservation Through a Cultural Lens.
 Environmental Management
October, 2008.
 
Walters,  B., B.J. McCay, P. West, and S.
Lees, eds.  2008.  Against the Grain: The Vayda Tradition in Human
Ecology and Ecological Anthropology
.  Lantham, MD: Lexington Books.
 
West, P.  2008. Conservation Actions and
Events in Papua New Guinea. In Against the Grain: The Vayda Tradition
in Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology. B. Walters, B.J. McCay, P. West,
and S. Lees, eds. Lantham, MD: Lexington Books.
 
West, P.  2008. 
Scientific Tourism: Imagining,
Experiencing, and Portraying Environment and Society in Papua New Guinea.
 
Current Anthropology (with comments and reply) 49(4):597-626. 

2007

Richards, S.J., A.L. Mack, and C. Austin. 
2007.  Two new species of
Platymantis
(Anura: Ranidae) from the Admiralty Archipelago, Papua New
Guinea.
 Zootaxa 1639:41-55.
 
Mack, A.L. and J. Dumbacher.  2007.  The
Birds of Papua.  Pgs 654-688  In: Marshall, A.J. and B. M. 
Beehler (eds.). The Ecology of Papua.

2006

Mack, A.L. and S. Oppel.  2006. 
Nidification of the Dwarf
Whistler, Pachycare flavogriseum, a little-known New Guinea endemic.

Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club 126:61-65.
 
Marsden, S.J., C.T. Symes and A.L. Mack
2006.  Response of a New
Guinean avifauna to conversion of forest to small-scale agriculture.
 
Ibis 148:629-640.
 
Symes, C.T.,  J.C. Hughes, A.L. Mack and S.
Marsden.  2006.  Avian
geophagy in the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Papua New Guinea.
 
Journal of Zoology 268:87-96.
 
West. P.  2006.  Conservation is our
Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea
. Durham: Duke
University Press. 
 
West, P.  2006. 
Environmental Conservation and Mining:
Between Experience and Expectation in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
 
The Contemporary Pacific 18(2):295-313.
 
West, P. and D. Brockington.  2006.
Some Unexpected Consequences
of Protected Areas: An Anthropological Perspective.
 Conservation Biology
20(3):609-616.
 
West, P. and D. Brockington.  2006. Una
Perspectiva Antropológica de Algunas Consecuencias Inesperadas de Áreas
Protegidas.  NeoCons  6(3):609-616.
 
West, P., D. Brockington, and J. Igoe.  2006.  Parks
and Peoples: The Social Effects of Protected Areas. Annual Review of
Anthropology
 20(3):609-616.
 
West, P. and M. Macintyre, eds.  2006. 
Melanesian Mining Modernities.  The Contemporary Pacific 18(2).

2005

Mack, A.L. and P. West.  2005. 
Ten thousand tonnes of small
animals: wildlife use in Papua New Guinea, a vital resource in need of
management.
  Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Working Paper No. 61.
 
Mack, A.L. and D.D. Wright.  2005. 
The frugivore community and the
fruiting plant flora in a New Guinea rainforest: identifying keystone
frugivores.
  Pages 184 – 203 in J. Lawrence Dew and Jean
Philippe Boubli (eds.), Tropical Fruits and Frugivores: The Search for
Strong Interactors.
 Springer, The Netherlands.
 
West, P. 2005.
Translation,
Value, and Space: Theorizing an Ethnographic and Engaged Environmental
Anthropology.
American Anthropologist 107(4):632-642. 
 
West, P. 2005.
Holding the
Story Forever: The Aesthetics of Ethnographic Labor.
Anthropological Forum
15(3):267-275.
 
Wright, D.D.  2005. 
Diet, keystone resources and
altitudinal movement of Dwarf Cassowaries in relation to fruiting phenology in a
Papua New Guinean rainforest.
  Pages 204-235 in  J.
Lawrence Dew and Jean Philippe Boubli (eds.), Tropical Fruits and Frugivores:
The Search for Strong Interactors.  Springer, The Netherlands. 

 

2004

Ellis, D.M., and P. West. 2004. Local History
as ‘Indigenous Knowledge’: Aeroplanes, Conservation and Development in Haia and
Maimafu, Papua New Guinea. In Investigating Local Knowledge: New Directions,
New Approaches
. A. Bicker, P. Sillitoe, and J. Pottier, eds. London:
Ashgate Publishing.
 
Legge, S., S. Murphy, P. Igag, and A.L. Mack.
2004.   Territoriality and density of an Australian migrant, the
Buff-Breasted Paradise Kingfisher, in the New Guinean non-breeding grounds.
 
Emu 104:15-20.
 
West, P.  2004. Environmental NGO’s and the Nature
of Ethnographic Inquiry. In Anthropology and Consultancy. P.J. Stewart,
and A. Strathern, eds. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.
 
West, P. and J.G. Carrier. 2004.
Getting Away From It All?
Ecotourism and Authenticity (with commentary and reply).
Current
Anthropology 45(4):483-498.

2003

Mack, A.L. and G. Druliner.  2003. 
A non-intrusive method for
measuring movements and seed dispersal in cassowaries.
  Journal of
Field Ornithology 74:193-196.
 
Mack, A.L. and J. Jones.  2003. 
Infrasound communication by
cassowaries.
Auk 120:1062-1068.
 
Mack, A.L. and E. Scholes.  2003. 
Nesting activity of the Wallace’s Fairy Wren Sipodotus wallacii.
Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club 123:177-181.
 
West, P. 2003. Knowing the Fight: The Politics of
Conservation in Papua New Guinea. Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied
Anthropology in Policy and Practice 10(2):38-45.
 
Wright, D.D., editor.  1995-2003. The New
Guinea Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Digest
.  Issue 1– Nov 1995,
Issue 2– May 1996, Issue 3– Mar 1997, Issue 4– Oct 1997, Issue 5– Apr 1998,
Issue 6—Sep 1998, Issue 7– May 1999, Issue 8– Oct 1999, Issue 9– Apr 2000,
Issue 10– Nov 2000, Issue 11– Jun 2001, Issue 12—Apr 2002, Issue 13—Feb 2003.

 

2001

West, P. 2001. Environmental Non-Governmental
Organizations and the Nature of Ethnographic Inquiry. Social Analysis
45(2):55-77.

 

2000

Mack, A.L.  2000. 
Did fleshy fruit pulp
evolve as a defence against seed loss rather than as a dispersal mechanism?
 
Journal of Biosciences  25:93-97.
 
Mack, A.L.  and L.E. Alonso (eds.) 
2000.  A biological assessment of the Wapoga River area of northwestern
Irian Jaya, Indonesia.  RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 14.
 
Mack, A.L. and D.D. Wright.  2000. Notes on
the Crested Cnemophilus macgregorii and Yellow-breasted
Loboparadisaea sericea
Birds of Paradise.  Bulletin of the British
Ornithologists’ Club 120:186-189.

1999

Beehler B.M. and A.L. Mack. 1999. 
Constraints to characterising
spatial heterogeneity in a lowland forest avifauna in New Guinea.
  Pps.
2569-2579 In: Adams, N. J. and R. H. Slotow (eds).  Proceedings of
the XXII International Ornithological Congress.  (Durban, South Africa).

 
Mack, A.L. 1999.  The Vulturine Parrot (Psittrichas
fulgidus
) of New Guinea, a species in need of study.  Psittascene.
 
Mack, A.L., K. Ickes, J.H. Jessen, B. Kennedy, and
J.R. Sinclair.  1999. 
Seedling ecology of Aglaia mackiana (Meliaceae), a cassowary-dispersed
rainforest tree, in Papua New Guinea.
  Biotropica 31:111-120.
 
Supriatna, J., A.L. Mack, C. Yeager,  S.
Olivieri, T. Tarar, and B. Burnett  (eds.).  1999.  The Irian
Jaya conservation priority-setting workshop: final report.  Conservation
International, Washington, D.C.

 

1998

Mack, A.L.  1998. 
An advantage of
large seed size: tolerating rather than succumbing to seed predators.
 
Biotropica 30: 604-608.
 
Mack, A.L.  1998. 
The potential
impact of small-scale physical disturbance on seedlings in a Papuan rainforest.
 
 Biotropica 30: 547-552.
 
Mack, A.L. (editor and author) 1998.  Rapid
Assessment Survey of the Lakekamu Basin, Papua New Guinea.  RAP Working
Paper No. 9.  Conservation International, Washington, D.C.  187 pp.
 
Mack, A.L., R. Yamuna, T. Domambe, and J. Pano. 
1998.  Effects of drought on
birds at Maimafu, Eastern Highlands Province.
 Science in New Guinea
23:125-131.
 
Mack, A.L. and D.D. Wright.  1998. 
Status and conservation of the threatened Vulturine Parrot, Psittrichas
fulgidus
Bird Conservation International 8:185-194.
 
Wright, D.D.  1998.  Fruit choice by the
Dwarf Cassowary, Casuarius bennetti, over a three year period in Papua
New Guinea.  PhD Dissertation.  University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL,
USA.
 
Wright, D.D., S. Balagawi, T.T. Raga and R.T. Ipu. 
1998.  Mammals. Pp 67-71 in A. Mack (editor), A Biological
Assessment of the Lakekamu Basin, Papua New Guinea
. RAP Working Paper No.
9, Conservation International, Washington D.C. 

 

1997

Mack, A.L.  1997.  Population control
or biodiversity conservation: must we choose? (letter) Bulletin of the
Ecological Society of America 78:594-595.
 
Mack, A.L.  1997. 
Spatial distribution, fruit production
and seed removal of a rare, dioecious, rainforest tree in a Papuan rainforest.
 
Journal of Tropical Ecology 13:305-316.
 
Mack, A.L. and D.D. Wright (eds.) 1997. 
Coursebook for field training in experimental design, data analysis and
grantsmanship.  (in-house publication, Conservation International)
 
Wright, D.D., J.H. Jessen, P. Burke, and H.G. de
Silva Garza.  1997. 
Tree and liana enumeration and diversity on a one-hectare plot in Papua New
Guinea.
  Biotropica 29:250-260.

1996

Mack, A.L., and D.D. Wright.  1996. 
Notes on occurrence and feeding
of birds at Crater Mountain Biological Research Station, Papua New Guinea.
 Emu
96:89-101.
 
Mack, A.L. and D.D. Wright (eds.) 1996. 
Training manual for field survey techniques in Papua New Guinea.  (in-house
publication, Conservation International).

 

1995

Mack, A.L. 1995.  Feathered Foresters:
Dwarf Cassowaries sow the seeds of rainforest giants.  Living Bird
14(4):22-25.
 
Mack, A.L.  1995. 
Distance and non-randomness of seed
dispersal by the Dwarf Cassowary, Casuarius bennetti, in Papua New Guinea.
 
Ecography 18:286-295.
 
Wright, D.D., A.L. Mack, E.H. Paxton, and J.I.
Menzies.  1995.  Recent Aproteles bulmerae (Megachiroptera:
Pteropodidae) bones found in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. 
Mammalia 59:163-164.

 

1994

Mack, A.L. 1994.  The nests and eggs of
birds at the Crater Mountain Biological Research Station, Papua New Guinea. 
Bulletin of the British Ornithologist’s Club 114:176-181.

 

1993

Mack, A.L. 1993.  The sizes of
vertebrate-dispersed fruits, a Neotropical-Paleotropical comparison. 
American Naturalist 142:840-856.

Mack, A.L. and D.D. Wright.  1993.  Birds of Lake Tebera. 
Muruk 6:25-26.

 

1992

Mack, A.L. 1992. 
The nest, egg, and incubation behaviour
of the Blue Bird of Paradise, Paradisaea rudolphi.
  Emu
92:244-246.

 

1990

Mack, A.L. 1990.  Notes on the Dwarf
Cassowary Casuarius bennetti in Papua New Guinea.  Muruk 4: 49-52.

Mack, A.L. 1990. 
Is frugivory limited by secondary
compounds in fruits?
  Oikos 57: 135-138.


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