Journal article

Identifying hotspots of alien plant naturalisation in Australia: approaches and predictions

AJ Dodd, MA McCarthy, N Ainsworth, MA Burgman

Biological Invasions | SpringerLink | Published : 2016


Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Australia as represented by: Sally Salmon The early detection of newly naturalised alien species is vital to ensuring the greatest chance of their successful eradication. Understanding where species naturalise most frequently is the first stage in allocating surveillance effort. Using Australia’s Virtual Herbarium, we compiled the collection records for all plant species in Australia. We controlled for potential spatial biases in collection effort to identify areas that have an elevated rate of first records of alien species’ occurrence in Australia. Collection effort was highly variable across Australia, but the most intense collection effort occurred eithe..

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Awarded by Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) Grant, an initiative of Victorian Government, Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge Jane Catford, Jane Elith, Frith Jarrad, Petr Pysek, John Wilson and an additional anonymous reviewer for their insightful comments on earlier versions of this manuscript. Alison Vaughan, Niels Klazenga and Anna Monro helped us understand the nuances of both AVH and APC. Jane Elith provided advice regarding point process models. This research was supported by a Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) Grant [VR0284] on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government, Australia. This research was also supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship to M.M. and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.