[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP140100555]
Researchers Prof Andrew Austin; Prof Steven Cooper; Adj/Prof William Humphreys; Dr Alison Blyth; Prof James Mitchell; Dr Pablo Munguia; Prof Mark Harvey; Dr Margaret Byrne; Dr Stuart Halse; Mr Garth Humphreys
Brief description 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. We aim 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. We will 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 340000
Funding Scheme Linkage Projects