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Theme 1. Values: Understanding major Drivers for Maintaining Biodiversity

Leaders: Dr Michael McCarthy, University of Melbourne & Dr Kerrie Wilson, University of Queensland

This theme is examining how different values of ecosystems, species, and potentially antagonistic or synergistic environmental, social and economic benefits interact to influence conservation outcomes and how these should be addressed in conservation planning.

The research from this theme will assist and improve the department's biodiversity on ground management challenges, including within the National Reserve System and on island ecosystems.

Projects:

Project people

1.1     Phylogenetic data and spatial prioritization.
Leader: Assoc. Prof. Michael McCarthy, UM
This project will determine the extent to which consideration of phylogenetic diversity influences spatial prioritization of conservation actions such as establishing conservation reserves or management agreements with land holders. 

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1.2     Minimum survey effort requirements.
Leader: Dr Brendan Wintle, UM
How much survey effort is required to detect rare species, or determine that a species is extinct? Answers to these questions are important for deciding when to give up on species that are thought to be extinct. They are also important to help guide the survey effort required in surveys conducted for impact assessments.

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1.3     The effect of multi-species interactions on invasive species eradication.
Leader: Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, UQ
How best to manage interacting species in eradication programs is unclear, with potentially undesirable outcomes occurring due to release of some invasive species from predation by eradicated species.

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  1.4     Restoration at NRM Regional scale.
Leaders: Prof Hugh Possingham, UQ & Dr Tara Martin, CSIRO
Project to deliver multi-objective (water, biodiversity and carbon) plans for restoration at the scale of NRM regions and whole of Australia.  Includes priorities for stewardship.

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 1.4a    Restoration of Brigalow.
Leader: Assoc Prof McAlpine, UQ
Piecemeal approaches to restoration will not lead to cost  effective and ecological valuable site selection or allow for future changes in distribution.

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1.5     Recovery Planning / Threatened Species / EPBC Act.
Leader: Prof Hugh Possingham, UQ
Threatened species Prioritisation with State Government stakeholders, amphibian prioritisation, evaluation of multi-species / landscape plans compared to recovery plans. 

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1.6     Conservation priorities for Antarctica and its oceans.
Leader: Prof Hugh Possingham, UQ
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) needs to develop conservation priorities for the land and sea. This is an emerging high priority for the AAD; significant benefits in linking AAD & UTAS capability in this area. AAD suggest may have potential for consideration under the “Emerging Priorities Funding”. 

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1.7     Evaluating and Prioritising Koala Conservation Measures.
Leader: Dr Jonathan Rhodes
The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is a species of substantial community, conservation and scientific interest, is taxonomically distinct, endemic  and a conservaiton icon.  There is an urgent need to identify and evaluate effective and cost-efficient measjures to achieve conservation and recovery of koalas in intensively managed landscapes, particularly at the urban interface, but also where roads, farms, fire and climate change compound threats.

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1.7a   Listing Workshops and Expert Elicitation.
Leader: Assoc Prof Clive McAlpine

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1.7b   Koala habitat and remote sensing. 
Leader: Kara Youngentob

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