Macquarie Island is home to several threatened seabird species. Until recently, these birds have been impacted by feral vertebrates such as cats, rats
and rabbits. An ambitious eradication program has successfully eradicated feral vertebrates from the island. This project will utilise existing long-term
datasets and collect new field data to track changes in the presence, distribution and abundance of burrow-nesting seabirds, to assess how this seabird
community has responded to the eradication of feral vertebrates and their role in the broader ecosystem recovery after decades of feral animal impacts.
This research is part of a lager project aimed at the development of an optimal long-term monitoring strategy for key threatened species on the island and the island ecosystem as a whole. The student will investigate the conservation return on investment of the eradication and inform decision-making strategies around threatened species monitoring and conservation.
The student will work in conjunction with Dr Justine Shaw, Prof. Hugh Possingham (Centre of Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland) and Dr Rachael Alderman (Dept. Primary Industry Parks Water & Environment, Tasmania).
Applicants for this project need to be eligible for an APA (commencing mid 2016). They must be willing and able to undertake up to two field seasons of up to six months duration each on Macquarie Island, and willing to be based in Brisbane and/or Hobart.
Applications close 18th April 2016. Click here for more information.
Western swamp tortoises have been translocated to a reserve south of their historic range in an attempt to negate the likely impact of climate change. It is the first time in Australia that a vertebrate species has been translocated in anticipation of climate change..
Hundreds of thousands of Australian species are so poorly known that their risk of extinction cannot be determined.
These species cannot be categorised as threatened or not under Australia’s EPBC (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) Act, and are therefore afforded no conservation protection under the legislation.
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