The effects of habitat fragmentation on dispersal and social organisation in the Brown Antechinus

  • Taylor, Andrea, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Ward, Simon (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Fragmentation of native habitat continues to threaten Australian species, yet we have little understanding of processes leading to resulting extinctions. This study will characterise the effects of human-induced habitat fragmentation on social organisation and dispersal in Brown Antechinus. We will use a combination of genetic and demographic analyses to quantify and describe perturbation of social structure and mating system within habitat fragments, and of dispersal among them. The patchwork of native vegetation within the Tumut pine plantation provides an ideal natural experimental study system and will produce data essential for rational management of landscapes in the face of human disturbance.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0230/06/05

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD129,000.00
  • Monash University