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.
Many landscapes in Australia are fire-prone, and increasingly so. Altered fire regimes can have a serious negative impact on threatened plant species and ecological communities. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project is working to better understand the effects of different fire regimes on threatened flora in order to improve fire management strategies and conservation outcomes.
Almost a quarter of Australia’s possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law, and many more are showing signs of decline. Dr Rochelle Steven from The University of Queensland believes people in the community can do a lot to support conservation, especially in urban areas.
The detection and monitoring of threatened species have been a strong area of research in the National Environmental Science Program and also the two national environmental research programs which preceded it. Hub Director Professor Brendan Wintle takes a look at what we’ve been achieving and why it is so important to the conservation of Australia’s threatened species.
In 2009, the Christmas Island blue-tailed skink and Lister’s gecko were headed for imminent extinction. Parks Australia acted quickly to collect remaining wild individuals in order to establish captive breeding programs on Christmas Island and at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, which have been highly successful. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project team is working closely with Parks Australia to help secure a future for the two lizards beyond captivity.
The silver-headed antechinus and black-tailed dusky antechinus are carnivorous marsupials found in high-elevation forests in parts of central-eastern and south-eastern Queensland. They were only described in the past six years, but they are already listed as Endangered. Knowing where they occur is essential for effective conservation, but current distribution knowledge is patchy. To address this, PhD candidate Stephane Batista in partnership with the Queensland Herbarium and Queensland Department of Environment and Science is modelling the habitat where these threatened species are likely to occur, and is using detection dogs to rapidly survey these sites.