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Holocene vertebrate fossils aid the management and restoration of Australian ecosystems


McDowell, MC, Holocene vertebrate fossils aid the management and restoration of Australian ecosystems, Ecological Management and Restoration, 15, (1) pp. 58-63. ISSN 1442-7001 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/emr.12075


European-settlement-related impacts over the past 200 years pose many challenges for the conservation and restoration of Australia’s ecosystems. Landscape modification, associated habitat loss and the introduction of exotic species have caused the extinction and mainland extirpation of numerous vertebrates. This process happened so quickly that many species became locally or functionally extinct before their presence was documented. A growing body of research on Holocene fossil accumulations is providing insights into the composition and biogeography of Australian ecosystems prior to European settlement. This review explores the similarities between palaeo- and neo-ecology and how Holocene (last 10,000 years) assemblages can be used by neo-ecologists, conservation managers and policy makers to identify and fill gaps in knowledge and contribute to the management and restoration of Australia’s degraded ecosystems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:baseline, baseline shift, biodiversity, conservation management, holocene, subfossil
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:McDowell, MC (Dr Matthew McDowell)
ID Code:132385
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2019-05-06
Last Modified:2019-05-07

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