Thesis: Modelling the ecological characteristics of the South-Western Australian eucalypt Forests’ for species conservation and multiple use zones.
Managing multiple-use landscapes for biodiversity and resource extractions is a critical element to the global conservation of species diversity and ecosystem services. As regional and global environments experience climatic variation and humans seek to expand within already vulnerable habitats, the need for responsible management of our natural resources is essential for achieving sustainable development. The eucalypt forests of the south-west of Western Australia is one such example of an ecosystem that supports important biological functions and biodiversity whilst also being subject to harvesting for timber, agriculture and mineral extraction. Assessing habitats of threatened species and aiming to retain these habitats and their structural characteristics is critical to sound sustainable management of these unique forests. By incorporating the latest advances in biogeographic mapping and analysis, regions within the forest that support, or are correlated with, critical species habitat will be delineated and evaluated against the potential for human value. Fundamentally, this research will seek to develop methods and strategies to manage multiple-use forests and species in a manner that provides value for the environment, people and industry now and into the future
Why my research is important
This research seeks to model the shifting ranges of species as a response to climate change whilst also developing methods and strategies for utilizing landscapes in manners that provide value for our economies and environments. New methods for assessing links of species's to their environments on regional and global scales will be developed and frameworks that will assess environmental change and its impact on species ranges will be explored.