Journal article

Eliciting and integrating expert knowledge to assess the viability of the critically endangered golden sun-moth Synemon plana

Luis Mata, Georgia E Garrard, Alex S Kutt, Bonnie C Wintle, Yung En Chee, Anna Backstrom, Brian Bainbridge, Jake Urlus, Geoff W Brown, Arn D Tolsma, Alan L Yen, Timothy R New, Sarah A Bekessy

Austral Ecology | Wiley | Published : 2017


The critically endangered golden sun‐moth Synemon plana occurs in urban fringe areas of southeastern Australia that are currently experiencing rapid and extensive development. The urban fringe is a complex and uncertain environment in which to manage threatened species with the intersection of fragmented natural habitats, built environments and human populations generating novel, poorly understood interactions. In this context, management frameworks must incorporate ecological processes as well as social considerations. Here, we explore how biodiversity sensitive urban design might improve the fate of the golden sun‐moth, and threatened species generally, in urban fringe environments. We: (i..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (NESP CAUL), the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (ARC CEED) and The Myer Foundation. Sarah Bekessy is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. We are grateful to Libby Rumpff for generously providing help with the Bayesian Belief Networks, and to two independent reviewers for providing valuable feedback on an earlier version of the manuscript.