The importance of ecological processes for terrestrial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania

McQuillan, Peter B;, Watson, James E. M., Fitzgerald, Nick B;, Obendorf, David and Leaman, David (2009) The importance of ecological processes for terrestrial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania. Pacific Conservation Biology, 15 3: 171-196.

Author McQuillan, Peter B;
Watson, James E. M.
Fitzgerald, Nick B;
Obendorf, David
Leaman, David
Title The importance of ecological processes for terrestrial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania
Journal name Pacific Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-2097
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 171
End page 196
Total pages 24
Place of publication Baulkham Hills, NSW Australia
Publisher Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Formatted abstract
 The continental island of Tasmania supports an extraordinary biota featuring ancient communities, high levels of endemism and many species extinct on mainland Australia. However, more than 670 species are currently listed as threatened, mainly due to changes in their habitat since European settlement. Although Tasmania has a relatively high 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) assessing 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 for ongoing adaptive management for biodiversity conservation in Tasmania and assist in re-focusing the purpose of the reserve network from representation to persistence of the native biota.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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