Dr Alec Costin

Alec Costin specialises in the ecology of the Australian Alps. He made important progress towards understanding of Alpine vegetation and hydrological systems in the Alps, and helped open up the field for greater study.

His contribution towards conserving and understanding Australia’s highland and mountain national parks can hardly be overstated, and he remains an outspoken critic of land and water resource management practices.

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  • Costin, A.B. (1954a). A study of the ecosystems of the Monaro Region of New South Wales. N.S.W. Government Printer, Sydney.
  • Costin, A.B. (1954b). ’The species factor in ecology.’ Aust. J. Sci., 17: 82-83.
  • Costin A.B. (1955) Alpine soils in Australia with reference to conditions in Europe and New Zealand. J. Soil Sci. 6, 35-50.
  • Costin, A.B. (1957). ’The high mountain vegetation of Australia.’ Aust. J. Bot. 5(2): 173-189.
  • Costin, A.B. (1958). ’The grazing factor and the maintenance of catchment values in the Australian Alps.’ Div. of Plant Ind. Tech. Pap., No. 10, CSIRO, Australia.
  • Costin, A.B. (1959). ’Vegetation of high mountains in Australia in relation to land use biogeography and ecology in Australia.’ Monographicae Biologicae, VIII: 427-451.
  • Costin A.B. (1962) The soils of the High Plains. Proc. Roy. Soc. Vic. 75, 291-299
  • Costin A.B. (1967) Alpine ecosystems of the Australasian region. pp. 55-87 In: H.E. Wright and W.H. Osburn (eds.) Arctic and Alpine Environments Indiana University Press.
  • Costin, A.B. (1970). ’Ecological hazards of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.’ Proc. Ecol. Soc. Aust., 5: 87-98.
  • Costin A.B. (1972) Carbon-14 dates from the Snowy Mountains area, south-eastern Australia, and their interpretation. Quaternary Research 2, 579-590.
  • Costin A.B. (1975) Sub-alpine and alpine communities. pp. 191-198 In: R.M. Moore (ed.) Australian Grasslands Australian National University. Press Canberra
  • Costin, A.B. (1983). ’Mountain lands in the Australian region: some principles of use and management.’ Proc. Ecol. Soc. Aust., 12: 155-161.
  • Costin, A.B. (1989). ’The Alps in a global perspective.’ In Good, R.B. (ed.) The scientific significance of the Australian Alps., Aust. Alps Liason Comm., 7-21.
  • Costin, A.B. & Wimbush, D.J. (1961). ’Studies in catchment hydrology in the Australian Alps. IV. Interception by trees of rain, cloud and fog.’ Div. of plant Ind. Tech. Pap., No. 16. CSIRO, Australia.
  • Costin, A.B. & Wimbush, D.J. (1963). ’Reaction of species to adverse conditions in the Snowy Mountains.’ CSIRO Div. of Plant Ind. Field Stat. Rec., 2: 19-30.
  • Costin A. B., Wimbush D. J., Barrow M. D. & Lake P. (1969) Development of soil and vegetation climaxes in the Mount Kosciusko area, Australia. Vegetatio Acta Geobotanica 18, 273-288.
  • Costin, A.B., Gay, L.W., Wimbush, D.J. & Kerr, D. (1961). ’Studies in catchment hydrology in the Australian Alps. III. Preliminary snow investigations.’ Div. of Plant Ind. Tech. Pap., No. 15. CSIRO, Australia.
  • Costin, A.B., Gray, M., Totterdell, C.J. & Wimbush, D.J. (1979). Kosciusko Alpine Flora. CSIRO, Melbourne.
  • Costin A.B., Hallsworth E.G. & Woof M. (1952) Studies in pedogenesis in New South Wales III. The alpine humus soils. J. Soil Sci. 3, 190-218.
  • Costin, A.B., Wimbush, D.J. & Cromer, R.N. (1964). ’Studies in catchment hydrology in the Austraalian Alps. V. Soil moisture characteristics and evapotransporation.’ Div. of Plant Ind. Tech. Pap., No.20. CSIRO, Australia.
  • Costin, A.B., Wimbush, D.J. & Kerr, D. (1960). ’Studies in catchment hydrology in the Australian Alps. II. Surface run-off and soil loss.’ Div. of Plant Ind. Tech. Pap., No. 14. CSIRO, Australia.
  • Costin, A.B., Wimbush, D.J., Kerr, D. & Gay, L.W. (1959). ’Studies in catchment hydrology in the Australian Alps. I. Trends in soils and vegetation.’ Div. of Plant Ind. Tech. Pap., No. 13. CSIRO, Australia.
  • Jennings J. N. & Costin A. B. (1978) Stone movement through snow creep, 1963-75 Mount Twynam, Snowy Mountains, Australia. Earth Surface Processes, 3, 3-22.

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