Agriculture is the most common land use on earth and has a large impact on biodiversity. One of the solutions to reducing global biodiversity loss is to better manage agricultural land. To do this, we need to understand how animals and plants are affected by different management actions.
In this research project, Stephanie examines the influence of a range of farm management actions on native reptile and frog populations in grazed agricultural landscapes in the Central and Southern Tablelands of NSW. These animals are poorly studied and respond in very different ways to management and landscapes features than more commonly studied groups such as birds.
This research has identified some key management actions that influence reptile and frog populations and tested prevailing concepts about how these animals respond to conditions in human-managed landscapes.
About the speaker
Stephanie Pulsford’s research looks at how Australian native reptile and frogs are influenced by management and landscape elements in agricultural systems. She has experience researching Australian ecological systems and how human land use can be influence biodiversity conservation. Before Stephanie’s PhD, she completed an Honours project into the influence of the age of the forest and fire on beetle communities in the montane forests of the Central highlands of Victoria following on from the Black Saturday bush fires.