Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140104621 [ 2014-01-01 - 2017-10-01 ]

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Researchers: Prof Chris Dickman (Chief Investigator-discovery Outstanding Rese)

Brief description Weathering the perfect storm: mitigating the post-fire impacts of invasive predators on small desert vertebrates. Wildfires deplete food and shelter resources for many native vertebrates, exposing them to increased predation from invasive predators such as the red fox and feral cat. Focusing on the fire-prone spinifex grasslands of central Australia, this project firstly identifies the role of specific refuge habitats that provide native species with protection in the post-fire environment, and then proposes an innovative experimental program to quantify and mitigate predation-impacts. The results will stimulate new thinking about predator-prey theory and, in an environment predicted to experience more wildfires in future, provide guidance about how to protect the rich biotic resources of the continental interior.

Funding Amount $980,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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