Journal article

Reconstructing lost ecosystems: A risk analysis framework for planning multispecies reintroductions under severe uncertainty

Katie A Peterson, Megan D Barnes, Cailan Jeynes-Smith, Saul Cowen, Lesley Gibson, Colleen Sims, Christopher M Baker, Michael Bode

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Reintroduction projects, which are an important tool in threatened species conservation, are becoming more complex, often involving the translocation of multiple species. Ecological theory predicts that the sequence and timing of reintroductions will play an important role in their success or failure. Following the removal of sheep, goats and feral cats, the Western Australian government is sequentially reintroducing 13 native fauna species to restore the globally important natural and cultural values of Dirk Hartog Island (DHI). We use ensembles of ecosystem models to compare 23 alternative reintroduction strategies on DHI, in Western Australia. The reintroduction strategies differ in the o..

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