Genetic management and population modelling of translocated fauna

Date: 07, Aug, 2019
Author(s):   Daniel White, Nicola Mitchell, Kym Ottewell, Colleen Sims, Michael Smith, Saul Cowan, Zahra Aysia, Carolyn Hogg, Peter Spencer, Rujiporn Thavornkanlapachai, Margaret Byrne, Manda Page
Publisher: TSR Hub

This project focuses on the genetic management of mammals translocated as part of a major restoration project underway on Dirk Hartog Island that is led by Western Australia’s Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Focal species include the Shark Bay bandicoot, the banded hare-wallaby and the dibbler. Population viability assessments incorporating genetic information have been undertaken for each of these species, to inform sourcing strategies for translocations to Dirk Hartog Island, as well as translocations to mainland sanctuaries in Western Australia. The research is being undertaken in collaboration with DBCA, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the University of Sydney, and Murdoch University.