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.
Feral cats cover over 99.8% of Australia’s land area, including almost 80% of the area of our islands. These are just some of the findings of new research which looks at the number and spread of feral cats in Australia. The research was undertaken by over 40 of Australia’s top environmental scientists and brings together evidence from nearly 100 separate studies across the country.
The rare and mysterious night parrot, a plump green and gold bird, is adapted to life in the harsh arid zone, but when does it need a drink? This is a question puzzling conservation managers and the answer will be important to how they manage the small populations of the endangered parrot that have been discovered in heart of outback Queensland, near Longreach.
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Strong collaborations with conservation policy makers, planners and on-ground practitioners ensure that research is addressing on-ground needs. Our research program also includes fascinating work on social and economic opportunities to conserve threatened species, including how best to engage people and communities and how traditional Indigenous and western knowledge systems can work together to better inform conservation actions.
For most people, threatened species recovery is about doing something to save a threatened species – planting habitat trees, translocating individual animals and managing threats like foxes and cats. The ‘doing’ is important but what is often not seen is the organisation behind the doing. How are decisions made? Which bits of the ‘doing’ is given the priority? And how do we make sure we ‘learn’ as we ‘do’? The TSR Hub is working with the Australian Government on drawing together what we know about best practice for recovery teams.