Just a snapshot of the breadth of research taking place within out Hub was presented to a packed house of departmental and other stakeholders in Canberra
Designed to display the cutting-edge science that can help shape policy and management decisions and protect Australia’s threatened species, the open session was addressed by 10 of our researchers.
How many feral cats are there in Australia?
Associate Professor Sarah Legge, Australian National University
Predators and parasites of endangered hollow nesting birds
Professor Rob Heinsohn, Australian National University
Better offsets for threatened species
Megan Evans, University of Queensland
Malleefowl fox baiting adaptive management experiment
Dr Darren Southwell, University of Melbourne
Bilby monitoring with Martu: bringing together traditional knowledge and conservation science
Dr Anja Skroblin, University of Melbourne
Monitoring reintroductions at Booderee
Dr Natasha Robinson, Australian National University
Professor David Lindenmayer, Australian National University
Improving threatened species translocation outcomes through genetic strategies
Dr Andrew Weeks, University of Melbourne
What value does the community place on threatened species protection?
Professor Dave Pannell, University of Western Australia
National effort towards feral cat control
Richard Faulkner, RMIT University
Red hot red list
Professor Stephen Garnett, Charles Darwin University
Acting Hub Director Brendan Wintle says the Showcase will become an annual event.
“It was extremely well received, and such an opportunity to present our research to such a large group of influential policy makers and conservation practitioners is invaluable,” Brendan said.
If you missed attending the Hub’s Science for saving species showcase, presentations are now available for viewing online.
Presentations are available via the Hub’s YouTube channel, National Environmental Science Programme TSR Hub, and the TSR Hub website.
Photo: Audience at Saving Species Science showcase, by Susan McNair
One million species threatened with extinction worldwide. That was the attention-grabbing headline that recently (and, sadly, briefly) captured the world’s attention, when the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) released its first global assessment of how the planet’s biodiversity is faring – and what that means for people.
The Alligator Rivers yellow chat is a small, bright yellow insectivorous bird of the Kakadu floodplains. This Endangered species is imperilled by habitat changes caused by altered fire regimes, buffalo and feral pigs, rising sea levels and the spread of weeds like prickly mimosa and introduced grasses. What has been happening to degrade these floodplains has been equally of concern to Traditional Owners as to yellow chat researchers.
The central purpose of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub is delivering research that is relevant for and useable by decision-makers, land managers and others responsible for recovering threatened species. Working with partners is vital if we’re to achieve this.
The native forest on Norfolk Island provides vital habitat for the island’s threatened plant and bird species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet (also called endemic). When the British colonised Norfolk Island in 1788, they cleared much of the original vegetation. Remaining forest is now protected in the national park and reserves, but plant recruitment is poor and invasive non-native plant species would likely overtake the forest without the on-going efforts of park managers. To preserve remaining forest, it is important to determine the main causes of declines and the most effective actions that managers can take to address these threats and restore native vegetation.
The Threatened Species Recovery Hub is celebrating great conservation outcomes from projects taking place in Booderee National Park for two Endangered species: the eastern bristlebird and the southern brown bandicoot (eastern subspecies). The Australian National University’s David Lindenmayer and Chris MacGregor give us the scoop on the bristlebird and Natasha Robinson shares the good news about the southern brown bandicoot.