How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
Citations since 2017
5 Research Items
I'm a PhD researcher in the Mulligan's Flat - Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment team, in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. My focus is on the integration of genetic metrics into conservation management and monitoring, with a focus on using this information in translocations and reintroductions.
Incorporating genetic data into conservation programmes improves management outcomes, but the impact of different sample grouping methods on genetic diversity analyses is poorly understood. To this end, the multi-source reintroduction of the eastern bettong was used as a long-term case study to investigate how sampling regimes may affect common gen...
Reintroduction biology is a key tool for mitigating the catastrophic reduction in species’ ranges, caused by humans over the last 500 years. To assess where reintroduction biology scientific research is targeted, we used text-analysis methods to extract taxonomic and geographic mentions from animal reintroduction-focused articles published between...
Invasive predators are responsible for declines in many animal species across the globe. To redress these declines, conservationists have undertaken substantial work to remove invasive predators or mitigate their effects. Yet, the challenges associated with removal of invasive predators mean that most successful conservation programs have been rest...
Elusor macrurus is an endangered short-necked turtle restricted to the Mary River catchment in south-eastern Queensland. Shotgun sequencing of genomic DNA was used to generate a complete mitochondrial genome sequence for E. macrurus using the Illumina MiSeq platform. The mitogenome is 16499 base pairs (bp) long with 37 genes arranged in the typical...
Translocations are an important conservation tool that enable the restoration of species and their ecological functions. They are particularly important during the current environmental crisis. We used a combination of text-analysis tools to track the history and evolution of the peer-reviewed scientific literature on animal translocation science....
Reintroductions are powerful tools for tackling biodiversity loss, but the resulting populations can be intrinsically small and vulnerable. It is therefore critical to maximise the number of individuals that are available to contribute to recovery efforts. To address this, we investigated how demographic parameters from a reintroduced population ca...
Throughout the course of my PhD research, I will use case study reintroductions carried out in the MFGO Woodland Experiment to assess the effectiveness of rule of thumb founder selection, compare the impact that management strategies have on the genetic diversity of reintroduced populations, and make recommendations about the ongoing management of the species. Each species I will look at (Eastern Bettong, Eastern Quoll, New Holland Mouse) has faced different challenges for their conservation, and this will provide real-world relevance to my recommendations across a variety of management obstacles. .
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction of any continent on the planet. What is the best way to rebuild depauperate mammal communities, and what effects do reintroductions have on recipient ecosystems? This project aims to experimentally restore the eastern quoll to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary after an absence of over 80 years. This is part of the Australian Research Council-funded Bringing Back Biodiversity project, which has already reintroduced a number of species into the sanctuary, such as the eastern bettong. This is the first time such a multi-species reintroduction has been attempted within such an integrated experimental framework. Results will have enormous implications for both fundamental and applied ecology, providing critical insights into how to combine species reintroductions with ecosystem restoration techniques to improve management and resilience of Australia’s woodland ecosystems. This study also represents a major collaborative effort between The Australian National University, ACT Government, Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, and Mt Rothwell, and is part of the long-term Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment.