Many small- and medium-sized mammals are in rapid decline in northern Australia with many now restricted to offshore islands. We undertook the most comprehensive assessment of the causes of these declines in the Top End to date. We found that the role of feral herbivores (buffaloes, horses, and cattle) in mammal decline has been underestimated.
Broadley, A., Stewart-Koster, B., Kenyon, R. A., Burford, M. A., & Brown, C. J. (2020). Impact of water development on river flows and the catch of a commercial marine fishery. Ecosphere 11( 7):e03194. 10.1002/ecs2.3194
NESP researchers have developed an eDNA test for the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae); the first for an endangered bird species.
Invasive gamba grass is transforming Australia’s northern savannas, replacing native species with a dense stand of highly flammable grass that burns up to eight times the intensity of native grasses. NESP research is helping the rangers at Mary River National Park in the Northern Territory turn this invasion around.
Villacorta‐Rath, C, Adekunle, AI, Edmunds, RC, Strugnell, JM, Schwarzkopf, L, & Burrows, D. (2020). Can environmental DNA be used to detect first arrivals of the cane toad, Rhinella marina, into novel locations?. Environmental DNA. 2020; 00: 1– 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.114
Pusey, B.J., Douglas, M.M., Olden, J.D., Jackson, S., Allsop, Q., & Kennard, M.J. (2020). Connectivity, habitat, and flow regime influence fish assemblage structure: Implications for environmental water management in a perennial river of the wet–dry tropics of northern Australia. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst. 2020; 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3347
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