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‘Citizen scientists’ are helping to save our koalas

News KoalaAustralian citizens are pitching in to help save the koala, one of our most iconic and vulnerable species, environmental scientists say.

By linking the public’s sightings of koalas with changes in the landscape and climate, scientists from the National Environmental Research Program’s Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP EDH) have quantified how many threats affect koala populations in New South Wales (NSW) and have identified the impact of these threats across the state. 

Dr Jonathan Rhodes, of NERP EDH and UQ, says that this work underscores how important citizen-collected data can be to the nation’s efforts in saving its precious biodiversity: “If we had to rely only on our own field-based data, our information would have been very limited." more