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The importance of ecological processes for terrestial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania - a review


McQuillan, PB and Watson, JEM and Fitzgerald, NB and Leaman, D and Obendorf, DL, The importance of ecological processes for terrestial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania - a review, Pacific Conservation Biology, 15, (3) pp. 171-196. ISSN 1038-2097 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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The continental island of Tasmania supports an extraordinary biota featuring ancient communities, high levels of endemism and many species extinct on the mainland Australia. However more that 670 species are currently listed as threatened, maily due to changes in their habitat since European settlement. Although Tasmanian has a relatively hith proportion of its land in reserves with some degree of representation for most vegetation types, habitat protection in some bioregions is very low. In this paper we approach biodiversity assessment in Tasmania by (i)addressing critical, natural ecological processes that underpin and sustain its biodiversity, (ii)assesing the current trends in, and threats to these processes, and (iii) identifying gaps in knowledge that limit the effective management of these processes for conservation. It is hoped that this will contribute a sound basis of ongoing adaptive managment for biodiversity conservation in Tasmania and assist in re-focussing the purpose of the reserve network from representation to persistence of the native biota.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:terrestial biodiversity in Tasmania; ecological processes; reserve systems
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Ecosystem function
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:McQuillan, PB (Mr Peter McQuillan)
UTAS Author:Obendorf, DL (Dr David Obendorf)
ID Code:60668
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-02-15
Last Modified:2010-04-13
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