[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100661]
Researchers Prof Ary Hoffmann; Dr Andrew Weeks
Brief description This project aims to evaluate a promising but rarely used method of population recovery by genetically rescuing populations of two threatened Australian mammals: the mountain pygmy possum and the eastern barred bandicoot. Despite our best efforts to curb biodiversity loss, extinction rates are increasing and Australia is expected to lose a substantial proportion of its unique endemic fauna over the next 20–50 years. By tracking the phenotypic and underlying genomic changes that occur when a population undergoes a genetic rescue, the project aims to create data of interest to conservation biology.
Funding Amount $342,300
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects