Terrestrial Biodiversity
Research FieldPossible ProjectNotes
Climate changeprediction and adaptation: water table, salinity,...; impact of changes from perennial to annual landscapes (eg. pasture -plantation); impacts on aquatic systems eg. water rats' ecological requirements; groundwater hydrology; sort out background noise from long term trend 
soil seed bank studies to determine seed longevity 
effect of elevated temperatures and reduced moisture on seed germination and seedling growth 
overcoming seed dormancy in difficult to germinate species 
research on seed production (eg. flower to fruit ratios) 
Wetland dependant fauna relationship with altered hydrology and climate change eg. Water Rats, Australasian and Little Bittern 
Impact of climate change on biodiversity, long term trends 
Ecological processesrole of digging, scratching; processes - changes in wetability, fungi dispersal; role of malleefowl in nutrient recycling and water penetration 
role of fungi in restoration and in ecosystem processes 
Increasing understanding through surveys of insects; fungi; flora; terrestrial snails (wheatbelt) 
Role of malleefowl in nutrient cycling and water penetration (through soil disturbance)MPG
a study into senescence of Acacia shrubland remnants in the wheatbelt and its effect on malleefowl habitat requirementsMPG
Predictive modelling 
Phosphorus poor environments 
Causes of habitat decline 
Measuring the impact of restoration on ecological processes 
Distribution and health of proteaceous communitiesGondwanalink forests to Stirling
Understanding ecological patterns and processes in the Great Western WoodlandsGreat Western Woodlands
Feral animalsinteraction between feral species (eg. fox-cat); management of feral animals; effectiveness of baiting; frequency of fox baiting; population ecology of foxes (eg. DNA); develop industry as control eg. fur or meat industry 
Research on predator/prey relationships (meso-predator release)Western Shield
Does fox control lead to elevated cat numbers?Western Shield
Current Adaptive Project is currently looking at effectiveness of Eradicat in the control of cats in CANP and FRNPWestern Shield
Pursue research into how to effectively measure fox abundance in agricultural areas - link this with baiting programs (ie. Red Card for Red Fox). Is baiting reducing predator numbers at all? 
Feral bee pilot control program in conjunction with cooperating landholders 
Fire ecologyappropriate fire intervals for specific species; specific responses of species to fire; response of communities to fire; response of indicator flora/fauna to fire; ecological trade-offs vs fuel load 
What is the role of inter-fire recruitment in maintaining plant populations in selected vegetation systems?South Coast Fire Ecology Report Research Recommendations
Can senescence cause local extinctions?South Coast Fire Ecology Report Research Recommendations
Chronosequence studies in selected vegetation systems to investigate the effect of fire regime on plant community composition and structureSouth Coast Fire Ecology Report Research Recommendations
Understanding relationships fauna habitat and fire regimesSouth Coast Fire Ecology Report Research Recommendations
Fragmentationgenetics of populations (esp. fauna);impacts/implications for weeds; diseases fauna, population dynamics, measures of fragmentation 
extent of grazing in remnants; feral animal impacts; weed impacts; impact of changes from perennial to annual landscapes (cf D. Weaver); tree health decline (eg. eucalypts near Merredin); does managing one species help with managing another 
develop a GIS layer for habitat connectivity for the wheatbelt to assist spatial interpretation of fragmentationMPG
remnant vegetation on farms and road reserves (restoration) 
Fungal pathogenseradication methods for dieback; sterilisation, containment, engineering options (eg. wash down), phosphite as treatment in phosphorus poor areas 
Reducing the impacts of Phytophthora dieback 
Effectiveness of hygiene infrastructure in removing pathogen (eg. foot bath, wash down bay) 
Vectoring potential of trail walkers 
Biological control of pathogen? 
Understanding relationships between Phytophthora, fire and habitat for threatened fauna 
DEC's phosphite program - using sprayed sites and analogous sites that aren't sprayed to investigate the total "P" status in low-P systems 
phosphite program - investigate the difference in different soil systems - eg. quartzite more acidic systems around Albany compared to Esperance's sandplain coastal system 
Investigate phytophthora inoculation levels of water gaining sites on Fisheries Track at Esperance to gain an understanding the in situ risk of roads and tracks 
Human healthimpacts of biodiversity on human health 
Landscape ecology and conservation planningdecision support systems 
Linkages between recent ARVS vegetation mapping and habitat for fauna species 
review of available data on fine scale distribution of biodiversity on conservation estate; predictive habitat modelling for threatened species; historical processes and patterns; what landscape processes have driven diversity; predictive models for location of threatened species; investigate efficient ways to restore habitat in terms of increasing ecosystem services 
long term ecological monitoring 
Examine species richness and abundance of natural enemies in agriculutral, foresty and other production areas that are linked with natural habitat vs those that are not linked; evaluate quality of natural habitats on the quality and quantity of ecosystem services provided to production areas 
Look at the potential to use Malleefowl habitat models in guiding or evaluating landscape scale change (eg. GondwanaLink - will it help Malleefowl? How could it be done better?)MPG
Assess congruence of Malleefowl habitat models with other conservation plans developed for the South Coast 
Investigate use of non-indigenous flora to fill food gap for native threatened fauna (pinus spp for black cockatoos replacing proteaceous communities)CRC Forestry
Role of revegetation corridors? 
Further development of a property acquisition methodology with reference to Conservation Action Planning Gondwanalink forests to Stirling
Silvicultureundertake a short and concise monitoring program of the Casuarina obesa trial sites┬áto identify provenance and conditions for greatest success and to make recommendations for future development when funds permit; identify successful trial sites for ongoing silviculture to maximise the data on this species and their value into the future.  
Measuring carbon sequestration in environmental plantings 
Species specificConduct further research on the first four years in the life cycle of Malleefowl, particularly with respect to dispersal and survival of sub-adult individualsMPG
Further develop techniques for detecting Malleefowl presence and activity in the rangelands (eg. how to assess the status and habitat preferences of Malleefowl at AWC's Mt Gibson)MPG
Extend the findings of Jessica van der Waag's work to large remnants to compare movement and survival in different landscape contexts (eg. use known mounds at Lake Magenta Nature Reserve)MPG
Distribution and ecology of Black Gloved Wallaby in the study areaGondwanalink forests to Stirling
Taxonomy, eg. insects, fungi, flora and terrestrial snails 
Weedsecology of weeds (why/how do they go feral, eg. A. pycnantha); effects of biodiversity on weeds; aquatic weeds 
find a use for weeds 
Understanding why eastern states weeds become invasive 
Understand the effects that linear corridors have on the dispersal of invasive species and whether they can be used as a place of containment and future management 
Great Western WoodlandsConduct biological surveys throughout the Great Western Woodlands 
Formally describe new species when they are found 
Monitor changes in the condition of natural values and adapt management in accordance with findings 
Encourage hydrological research to improve understanding of water cycles and the potential impacts of climate change (see also Climate Change) 
Encourage other research to test hypotheses leading to an understanding of patterns and processes in ecosystems 
Encourage social and economic research programs