Dispersal and species coexistence across patchy landscapes

  • Lancaster, Jill (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Downes, Barbara (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

A central question in ecology is to understand what drives species coexistence in landscapes with patchy habitat. Key hypotheses predict that species' dispersal abilities are either "traded off" against other ecological traits in ways allowing species coexistence or are important in allowing species to "track" environmental change. Field experiments are lacking due to logistic barriers, which we have overcome. We will field-test these hypotheses using species living in streams flowing through agricultural landscapes, using novel experimental designs that allow tests at landscape scales. We will produce the first field tests of how dispersal mediates species coexistence. The results will inform ecological projects to restore biodiversity.
Effective start/end date3/01/1231/12/14


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD225,000.00
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne