The projects in the Conservation and Landscape Ecology group have a number of issues in common, including habitat fragmentation, altered landscapes, disturbance events and feral animals.
These common issues, as well as the large landscape scale of each of the projects, have provided a unique opportunity to conduct an ‘ecological synthesis’, focused on land-use and fauna response relationships. Data will be drawn from across all the group’s field studies.
The ecological synthesis will provide new knowledge and general principles on land use/biotic response relationships, for use in biodiversity conservation, forest and plantation management, fire management and vegetation management.
The synthesis will commence in mid-2013. An additional part of this work will include testing and quantification of ecological surrogates, particularly habitat and biodiversity proxies in different ecosystems.