Journal article

A novel approach to assessing the ecosystem-wide impacts of reintroductions

Christopher M Baker, Michael Bode, Nick Dexter, David B Lindenmayer, Claire Foster, Christopher MacGregor, Michaela Plein, Eve McDonald-Madden



Reintroducing a species to an ecosystem can have significant impacts on the recipient ecological community. Although reintroductions can have striking and positive outcomes, they also carry risks; many well-intentioned conservation actions have had surprising and unsatisfactory outcomes. A range of network-based mathematical methods has been developed to make quantitative predictions of how communities will respond to management interventions. These methods are based on the limited knowledge of which species interact with each other and in what way. However, expert knowledge isn't perfect and can only take models so far. Fortunately, other types of data, such as abundance time series, is oft..

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Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship

Awarded by ARC

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Booderee National Park for facilitating this work and the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community for allowing work on the land, and Yi Han, Zoe Knapp, and Sean Maxwell for their contribution at the initial workshop. We thank the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The National Environmental Research Project Decisions Hub and an ARC Linkage Project (LP160100496) for funding. C. Baker is the recipient of a John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund. M. Bode is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT170100274). E. McDonald-Madden is a current ARC Future Fellowship (FT170100140) and was supported by an ARC DECRA Fellowship for the majority of this work.