AWC research at Newhaven in Central Australia has shed new light on the boom and bust cycle of Australia’s deserts – challenging the perception that all arid zone bird populations rise and fall in correlation with high and low seasons of rainfall. For many iconic species at Newhaven, such as the Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, the newly published research suggests it is all boom and no bust.Read more...
Science: surveys and research
One of the distinguishing features of AWC is the extent to which we invest in world class science. Over 25% of our staff are ecologists. No other conservation organisation in Australia dedicates such a high proportion of its resources to science.
Our team have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers over the last 5 years. Click here to view AWC's list of science publications.
The role of our science program includes:
- Measuring and reporting on the ecological health of AWC properties.
- Designing land management strategies (such as fire management and feral animal control) and measuring their effectiveness (adaptive land management).
- Undertaking strategic research projects which will improve conservation management; such projects typically address one or more of the following themes:
- Reintroduction biology
- The ecology of threatened species
- Improving our understanding and therefore capacity to manage threatening processes such as fire, feral animals and weeds.
In 2015, the AWC science program involved conducting surveys of fauna, flora and ecological processes across 23 wildlife sanctuaries involving over 85,000 live trap nights, over 90,000 camera trap nights, over 10,000 animal telemetry days and over 900 vegetation surveys.Our team has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the last 5 years. - See more at: http://australianwildlife.org/about/success-stories.aspx#sthash.z9LmwEkF.dpufOur team has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the last 5 years. - See more at: http://australianwildlife.org/about/success-stories.aspx#sthash.z9LmwEkF.dpuf