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Wildlife Research and Management staff formerly worked for CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.  Their past projects include:

 

§  Historical ecology – the historical trends in loss of fauna in the early years of European settlement in Australia.  This work has utilized the unpublished notes of key animal collectors from the early 20th century and those of a long-time resident of pastoral Western Australia.  For more information see the Historical Ecology fact sheet (pdf);

§  Island ecology – the distribution, abundance, and ecology of mammals on islands.  This work details the surveys of threatened native mammals on Bernier, Dorre, Barrow and Boodie Islands in the period 1988 - 1992.  For more information see the Island Refuges fact sheet (pdf);

§  Predator control – effective predator control to protect native mammals.  Introduced predators (the red fox and the feral cat) have played a pivotal role in the demise of much of the medium-sized Australian mammal fauna from southern Australia.  While there are examples of wide-scale control of foxes, the control of feral cats remains problematic.  Cats have been eliminated from some islands and excluded from large fenced areas to allow the re-establishment of native mammals.  For more information on progress with control techniques see the Feral Cats – impact and control fact sheet (pdf);

§  Reintroduction of threatened mammals – the restoration of Australia’s ‘lost’ fauna.  Dr Jeff Short and his staff have worked with the Useless Loop community over 15 years to develop one of Australia’s most successful and enduring projects to re-establish native mammals.  This project pioneered the use of fenced peninsulas for conservation and was one of the first to use an in situ ‘safe haven’ to ensure the long-term success of the reintroduction.  See the overview of this project and detailed profiles of reintroduced species (burrowing bettong, western barred bandicoot and greater stick-nest rat).

§  Landscape ecology – conservation of biodiversity in fragmented agricultural landscapes.  One approach to landscape modification to meet the needs of resident biodiversity is to redesign the landscape to meet the needs of the most threatened species – the ‘focal species’.  This approach has been advocated in the agricultural landscapes of eastern and Western Australia.  A critical evaluation of this technique is available as a report to Land and Water Australia (Focal Species - evaluation pdf).

§  Landscape ecology – the role of poison plants (Gastrolobium spp.) in buffering native mammals from decline.  See report to the National Geographic (Poison plant pdf).

For a complete list of Dr Jeff Short’s publications (pdf) click here.


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