Journal article

Towards meaningful monitoring: A case study of a threatened rodent

Hayley M Geyle, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, Hugh F Davies, Ronald SC Firth, Brett P Murphy, Dale G Nimmo, Euan G Ritchie, John CZ Woinarski, Emily Nicholson

Austral Ecology: a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere | Wiley | Published : 2019


Detecting trends in species' distribution and abundance is essential for conserving threatened species, and depends upon effective monitoring programs. Despite this, monitoring programs are often designed without explicit consideration of their ability to deliver the information required by managers, such as their power to detect population changes. Here, we demonstrate the use of existing data to support the design of monitoring programs aimed at detecting declines in species occupancy. We used single–season occupancy models and baseline data to gain information on variables affecting the occupancy and detectability of the threatened brush-tailed rabbit-rat Conilurus penicillatus (Gould 184..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Tiwi Land Council and Traditional Owners for their ongoing support of scientific research on their land, and the Northern Territory Government employees responsible for collecting the baseline Tiwi data set used in this study. This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (DE130100434 and DE160100904), the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, VESKI and the Victorian Government (through a 2015 Inspiring Woman Fellowship) and the National Environmental Science Program's Threatened Species Recovery Hub. We also thank the four anonymous reviewers whose comments improved this manuscript.