Optimizing habitat management for amphibians: From simple models to complex decisions
Michael P Scroggie, Kathy Preece, Emily Nicholson, Michael A McCarthy, Kirsten M Parris, Geoffrey W Heard
Biological Conservation | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019
Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation remain leading causes of amphibian declines across the globe. To mitigate these impacts, conservation managers may protect core habitats and pursue habitat creation or enhancement actions, including construction of artificial wetlands, manipulation of wetland hydroperiods, removal of invasive species or restoration of aquatic and riparian vegetation. Yet management budgets are universally tight. When planning such actions, managers face the fundamental and complex problem of choosing where and when to invest limited resources to maximize the likelihood of species persistence. Here, we extend our previous research on this problem, and demonstrate th..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
We thank Evan Grant, Erin Muths, Benedikt Schmidt and Silviu Petrovan for their invitation to join this special issue. This project was funded by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) as part of the Melbourne Strategic Assessment, with support from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, LP0990161. GWH received support from the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, Government of Victoria through a Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. We acknowledge the Growling Grass Frog Technical Advisory Group and Kim Lowe (DELWP), who were instrumental in guiding this project from its inception. Likewise, we thank David Attard (DELWP) for expert GIS assistance, and John Baumgartner (Macquarie University) for devising the C + + version of the SPOM. Silviu Petrovan provided valued criticism of earlier versions, as did four anonymous reviewers.