|Presenter||Prof. Lin Schwarzkopf (JCU)|
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Three (non-independent) processes influence habitat selection: predation, food availability and habitat structure. A wide range of experiments on different systems at different places and times point to habitat structure as a critical factor influencing the presence and absence of vertebrates, even in small habitat fragments. This knowledge could be put to good use for species conservation and habitat restoration and rehabilitation.
Lin Schwarzkopf is a Distinguished Professor at James Cook University, who studies the impact of habitat structure on communities of vertebrates, especially reptiles and amphibians. She helped develop a trap for adult cane toads, which is now available commercially. She helped establish the Australian Acoustic Observatory, a country-wide network of over 300 acoustic sensors, intended to monitor biodiversity. Recently, she has been focussing her efforts on ground-truthing the data collected by sensors, and developing techniques to analyse this data that can be used to detect changes to vertebrate communities.