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Using spatio-temporal modelling as a decision support tool for management of a native pest herbivore


Wiggins, NL and Penny, S and Bowman, DMJS and Collier, N and McMahon, CR, Using spatio-temporal modelling as a decision support tool for management of a native pest herbivore, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 12, (1) pp. 163-178. ISSN 1589-1623 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.15666/aeer/1201_163178


Landscape modification can alter the distribution and abundance of wildlife, which can result in irruptions of native species causing significant impacts on economically and ecologically valuable systems. This study investigated the applications of the Spatio-Temporal Animal Reduction (STAR) model, originally designed for the management of feral ungulates, by adapting it for the management of a native pest herbivore (the Tasmanian pademelon, Thylogale billardierii) within an agricultural-forest mosaic, typical of Tasmanian (Australian) agricultural landscapes. Empirical data of habitat and demographic features of a pest population were inputted into STAR to test the cost-effectiveness of three simulated density reduction models. Compared with the projected population growth under no management, simulations demonstrated that low, medium and high density reduction all reduced population abundance over 10 years. Cost increased with the level of population reduction due to increasing difficulty with locating individuals. The revenue gained from a simulated harvest was greatest for medium-intensity density reduction. We propose STAR can be used as a decision support tool to guide situations considering resource availability, browsing intensity and site-specific management objectives. The application of STAR highlights the model's adaptability across diverse pest populations, landscape features and where there is competition for resources between domestic and native populations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:wildlife ecology, pest management, population demographics, model
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Wiggins, NL (Dr Natasha Wiggins)
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:98624
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-02-20
Last Modified:2018-03-18

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