Evolution of the unique fauna of the Great Artesian Basin mound springs: the impact of aridification and climate change. [ 2007 - 2010 ]

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Researchers Dr NP Murphy; Prof AD Austin; Mr MA Adams

Brief description The mound springs of the Great Artesian Basin represent one of Australia's most unique environments and are of national biodiversity, cultural and economic significance. Their conservation is a major issue following listing of the springs as a threatened ecological community. As economic productivity in the GAB intensifies, the mound springs are under increasing threat from escalating groundwater use. The results of this study on the evolution of two crustacean groups will provide significant biological information for management plans, facilitating conservation of mound springs communities, and helping to understand the impacts of water extraction and climate change on this unique habitat.

Funding Amount $300,004

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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