RIEL Seminar Series - The ecology and management of refuge-using small mammals in arid Australia


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Presenter:  Chris Pavey, CSIRO

Date: Aug 16, 2019

Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Contact person:  RIEL Institute
T: 08 8946 6413
E: riel@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Charles Darwin University, Building Yellow 1.1.39

Halting and reversing declines of small mammals in arid Australia has proven to be a challenging task. The irruptive population dynamics of rodents and dasyurid marsupials makes it difficult to locate species during dry periods (‘busts’). This inability to monitor populations hampers on-ground management of threats.

In this presentation I will discuss and advocate for an approach to conservation of small mammals in arid Australia that focuses on the location and management of refuge areas. I will illustrate this approach using the nationally vulnerable plains mouse, Pseudomys australis, showing that the small size and discrete nature of refuges makes them ideal for targeted management of threats.

Chris Pavey is a Senior Scientist for CSIRO in Darwin and previously worked for NTG’s Flora and Fauna Division based in Alice Springs. Chris is a wildlife ecologist with interests in species recovery, predator-prey interactions, and movement ecology. He has co-authored seven adopted national recovery plans covering 15 species of animals and plants and chaired the national Mala recovery team for ten years.

Drinks and snacks afterwards