|Applied Marine Ecology|
|Aquatic Species Ecology|
|Food Webs and Invertebrates Community Dynamics|
|Invasive Species (Wetlands)|
|Platypus Conservation Initiative|
|River Red Gum Dynamics and Management|
|Wetland Ecology and Stable Isotopes|
|Invasive Species (Terrestrial)|
|Spatial Analyses and GIS|
|Vegetation Survey and Mapping|
Every year since 2007 the Centre for Ecosystem Science has been running field trips to Sturt National Park, Strzelecki Regional Reserve and nearby properties under the directive of Mike Letnic. We use these trips to understand the role that top predators are playing in sustaining biodiversity in arid ecosystems.
Each trip we conduct a range of sampling including pitfall trapping, Elliott trapping, spotlight surveys, vegetation surveys and soil surveys.
If you are interested in more information or volunteering opportunities please contact Mike. Publications related to this project and contact details can be found here.
|Letnic et al.||2016||The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert||
Our survey trips always uncover something surprising. Recently we observed a range extension of the crest-tailed mulgara or ampurta, (Dasycercus cristicauda), which was very exciting! We discuss our observations in an article published in Australian Mammalogy. The article can be accessed here: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/AM15027.htm
We report observations of the crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert. Our observations, made during spotlight surveys and using infrared cameras, extend the contemporary range of D. cristicauda to the east by 180 km but subfossil records show that these observations are within the pre-European-settlement range of the species. Whether our observations represent a range expansion or localised population irruption of a previously unknown refuge population is not known. Future studies are recommended to establish the distribution of D. cristicauda in the region and the factors determining its distribution and abundance
The trip started off a bit wet with lots of rain during the first half of the trip. However, trapping was a success on our second site (dingoes present). Seems like all the little critters were trying to hide from the rain in our pitfall traps.
Every year we have at least three field trips, with the main ones occurring in March, July, and November. March 2016 is here, so it is time for our Autumn sampling trip!
The time has come around again so soon! We were only just out in June!
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