Cathryn Ryan


In 2017, Cathryn completed a project with Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group (ERIE) at the University of Western Australia to go towards her Masters degree. She was supervised by Dr Leonie Valentine and Professor Richard Hobbs.

The project was on ecosystem services provided by quenda (Isoodon fusciventor) (closely related to the southern brown bandicoot) in an urban bushland reserve. Through measuring the effect of their digging activity on decomposing and covering up litter, the team found strong evidence for reducing surface fuel loads that could have important implications for changing fire behaviour. Through this research we can start to understand the impact of translocating other digging marsupials back into urban bushland landscapes where they were once abundant.