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A survey of long-term terrestrial ecology studies in Australia


Youngentob, KN and Likens, GE and Williams, JE and Lindenmayer, DB, A survey of long-term terrestrial ecology studies in Australia, Austral Ecology, 38, (4) pp. 365-373. ISSN 1442-9985 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02421.x


Long-term ecological studies (LTES) are critical for understanding and managing landscapes. To identify important research gaps, facilitate collaborations and communicate results, several countries have established long-term ecological research networks. A few initiatives to create such a network in Australia have been undertaken, but relatively few published data exist on the current state of LTES in Australia. In this paper, we present the results of an online survey of terrestrial LTES projects sent to academic, government and non-governmental organization-based researchers across Australia. We asked questions pertaining to the focus, scope, support and outcomes of LTES spanning 7years or longer. Based on the information reported from 85 Australian LTES, we: (i) identify the biomes, processes and species that are under-represented in the current body of research; (ii) discuss important contributing factors to the successful development and survival of these projects; and (iii) make recommendations to help increase the productivity and influence of LTES across research, management and policy sectors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, conservation, database, ecological research, landscape management, LTER, monitoring, survey
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Williams, JE (Professor Jann Williams)
ID Code:87439
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-11-15
Last Modified:2014-04-08

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