Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP210103369 [ 2021-01-01 - 2023-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Dr Hamish Campbell (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Stuart Bunn (Chief Investigator) ,  R. Keller Kopf (Chief Investigator) ,  Mr Ben Smith (Partner Investigator) ,  Timothy Jardine (Partner Investigator)
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Brief description The ecological impact of large carnivore restoration. This project aims to assess the ecological changes that have arisen due to the repatriation of estuarine crocodiles to Australian ecosystems. It is significant because the restoration provides a rare opportunity to empirically test changes in ecosystem processes under varying degrees of large carnivore predation pressure. Expected outcomes include improved understanding of the processes that govern the strength of predator-ecosystem interactions and an ability to quantify the biomass, social structure, and behaviours of predators required to influence these processes. Benefits should include improvements in how the ecological role of large carnivores is measured, and when and where carnivore populations should be culled or conserved.

Funding Amount $391,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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