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Theme 2. Understand function / monitoring of ecosystem health

Leaders: Professor David Lindenmayer and Dr Don Driscoll, The Australian National University

Projects under this theme will address key questions associated with the relationships between ecosystem-based management and vegetation condition, and species responses, with a focus on the development of datasets and models that will enable cost-effective monitoring and adaptive management. The research under this theme will focus on ecosystem modelling and monitoring case studies at locations around Australia building on existing collaborative relationships: Box-Gum Woodlands, Central Highlands, Cumberland Plain and Central Victorian woodlands, Basalt Plains grasslands of Victoria, Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay Territory, Brigalow forests in Queensland, the wheat belt of Western Australia, and Otway National Park.

The research from this theme will assist and improve on-ground outcomes in managing the National Parks, monitoring the effectiveness of the Stewardship Programs and Recovery Planning under the EPBC Act.

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2.1     Ecosystem vs species management.
Leader: Prof. David Lindenmayer, ANU
Identify strengths and limitations of current ecosystem management and species-based management approaches. 

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2.2     Predicting impacts of ecosystem management. 
Leader: Prof. David Lindenmayer, ANU
Development of new models of key ecosystem processes (e.g. fire, pollination, natural regeneration) and constituent species to predict the impacts of ecosystem-based management.

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2.3     Value of genetic data.
Leader: Prof. David Lindenmayer, ANU
The quantification of the value of genetic data on dispersal for making management decisions for managing threatened species populations.

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  2.4     Long-term monitoring strategies. 
Leader: Prof. David Lindenmayer, ANU
Development of long-term monitoring strategies to monitor the effectiveness of interventions for managing intact biotic assemblages as well as their effectiveness for conserving populations of threatened species such as the Eastern Bristlebird, Ground Parrot, Eastern Chestnut Mouse and Diamond Python.

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