Supervisor(s): Brett Murphy, Sarah Legge (UQ/ANU)
Project suitable for: Honours
The monsoon vine thickets of the Dampier Peninsula, just north of Broome, Western Australia, are an Endangered ecological community. They are thought to be threatened by frequent high-intensity fires, which kill trees and damage the canopy.
This project will analyse historical and recent satellite records of the extent of the vine thickets, in order to evaluate whether the thickets are contracting, and whether thicket contraction is related to the frequency of late dry season fires. There will be field surveys to ground-truth and validate satellite-derived observations.
The project is fully funded through the National Environmental Science Programme's Threatened Species Recovery Hub – a partnership between the Department of the Environment and multiple research partners across Australia.
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a lead partner in the Hub. The project will commence in early 2020 and involve collaboration with local Traditional Owners and land management groups.
The student would be based at CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, in Darwin.
Funding info: Funded by the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub. No top-up.
Closing date: Open
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Area of Research Strength: Biodiversity Conservation, Savanna & Arid Ecology