Linkage Projects - Grant ID: LP140100555 [ 2014-07-01 - 2018-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Dr Alison Blyth (Chief Investigator) Dr Pablo Munguia (Chief Investigator) Dr Margaret Byrne (Partner Investigator) Dr Stuart Halse (Partner Investigator) Adj/Prof William Humphreys (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Subterranean invertebrate communities of arid zone Western Australia: diversity, assessment and food-web structure. The diverse and unique subterranean fauna associated with aquifers of the Western Australia arid zone is potentially threatened by water extraction, mining and other human impacts. This project aims to apply a powerful combination of molecular genetic analyses and compound specific isotope analyses to study, for the first time, the food web structure and source of energy of these groundwater ecosystems. The project aims to also develop novel procedures for monitoring their biodiversity using environmental DNA within the groundwater. The results will provide crucial information for the management of groundwater, and conservation of their associated ecosystems, and significantly improve the rigour of long-term environmental monitoring.

Funding Amount $340,000

Funding Scheme Linkage Projects

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Prof Andrew Austin

orcid : 0000-0002-9602-2276

Prof Steven Cooper

orcid : 0000-0002-7843-8438

Prof James Mitchell

local : prof_james_mitchell

Prof Mark Harvey

orcid : 0000-0003-1482-0109

Mr Garth Humphreys

local : mr_garth_humphreys

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