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Reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia can restore top-down control in ecosystems where dingoes have been extirpated: A response to Baker et al. 2016 and Fancourt & Mooney 2016

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Hunter, DO and Britz, T and Jones, ME and Letnic, M, Reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia can restore top-down control in ecosystems where dingoes have been extirpated: A response to Baker et al. 2016 and Fancourt & Mooney 2016, Biological Conservation, 196 pp. 20-21. ISSN 0006-3207 (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.01.021

Abstract

Conservation translocations are inherently risky. One way managers can attempt to mitigate some of the risk is by using models to understand the outcomes that a reintroduction may have on an ecosystem and its species. Hunter et al. (2015) used fuzzy cognitive modelling (FCM) to predict the ecological responses of forested ecosystems of mainland Australia to the removal and introduction of predators; namely dingoes, foxes and Tasmanian devils. Hunter et al. (2015) parameterized the interaction strength matrix in their models using effect sizes gleaned from previous studies of predator manipulations and where this data was lacking, qualitative estimates of interaction strengths. Here, we respond to the comments on Hunter et al. (2015) provided by Baker et al. (2016) and Fancourt and Mooney (2016).

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:response, devils, rewilding, dingoes, reintroduction, modelling
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Jones, ME (Associate Professor Menna Jones)
ID Code:116761
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-05-19
Last Modified:2017-05-19
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