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
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers in the Martu Determination have collaborated with Threatened Species Recovery Hub scientists to design a monitoring program for mankarr (the greater bilby). Martu people identified priorities for the bilby monitoring program, then worked with Dr Anja Skroblin from The University of Melbourne to co-develop a monitoring method which brings together Martu knowledge and practice with Western conservation science.
I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation in north-west New South Wales. I grew up in western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.
A new project is aiming to increase city kids’ connections with nature, threatened species conservation and Indigenous culture. Dr Georgia Garrard from RMIT University talks about this project, which will see Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Traditional Owners working with kids at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners working with kids at Heywood Consolidated School in western Victoria.
For the Larrakia Land and Sea Rangers, the sight of a shell midden in coastal saltpans tells a long history of culture and how their ancestors are connected with the intertidal and mangrove environment. Through a different lens, the Larrakia Rangers also see these shell middens as areas where their culture overlaps with the habitat used by the Critically Endangered migratory shorebird the far eastern curlew.
Threatened species on Indigenous land may be of prime interest to scientists and ecologists, but they are often not the species of greatest importance to the Indigenous landowners. Understanding local priorities for biodiversity is an essential step in ensuring that conservation projects are locally beneficial and supported. Researcher Tom Duncan from Charles Darwin University has been collaborating with the Tiwi Land Council and Tiwi Land Rangers to explore this issue on the Tiwi Islands.