Reconstructing landscapes for biodiversity: From predictive modelling to future scenarios

  • Mac Nally, Ralph (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Fleishman, Erica (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Many landscapes around the world have been effectively denuded of natural vegetation, causing precipitous declines in native biodiversity. Mitigation of such effects in the near/medium-term future requires substantial ecological advice. We will employ our skills developed in modelling distributions of species across landscapes based on terrain, soils and climate to assess alternative landscape-reconstruction scenarios. This links use of existing data sets for initial modelling, a validation phase for testing model reliability and for refining models, and a subsequent GIS-based modelling phase in which alternative options for reconstructing landscapes are evaluated for their effectiveness in sustaining landscape-scale native biodiversity.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0331/12/05

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD300,000.00
  • Monash University
  • Monash University