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Research partnerships

We collaborate with leading researchers and engage community groups and science students to help.

Our active role in building networks encourages information, expertise and opportunities to be shared.

Landscape connectivity research

Project Partners
Re-connecting the Fitz-Stirling: implementation of ‘five star restoration’ to increase landscape connectivity in Gondwana Link, south-west Western Australia. University of Western Australia: Prof Steve Hopper.
Restoring resilience in wildlife populations. (Tasmanian Midlands) University of Tasmania: Prof Menna Jones
The endangered Swift parrot as a model for managing small migratory birds – life history, spatial ecology and population viability. (Nardoo Hills & Tarcutta reserves). Status: completed. Australian National University: Dr. Rob Heinsohn

Source habitat & refuge research

Project Partners
Managing for biodiversity in boom and bust cycle environments (Naree Station Reserve). University of New South Wales: Prof Richard Kingsford, Justin McCann
Regional occurrence and distribution of arboreal mammals in the Einasleigh Uplands. (Yourka Reserve) John Winter
Macquarie perch – critical requirements for recovery. (Scottsdale Reserve) University of Canberra: Prue McGuffie
Effect of vegetation structure on nocturnal vertebrate biodiversity at Bon Bon Station. University of Adelaide: Cara Haig
Monitoring the fish and sea snake assemblage of Hamelin Pool using stereo Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (Hamelin Station Reserve) James Cook University: Blanche D’Anastasi;
Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife: Michael Rule, David Holley, Thomas Holmes; Curtin University: Euan Harvey; University of Western Australia: Todd Bond, Camilla Piggott;
Australian Institute of Marine Science: Andrew Heyward
Stromatolite research (Hamelin Station Reserve). Curtin University; University of Western Australia: Ryan Vogwill; University of Florida; NASA
Boom-bust dynamics in the arid zone. (Ethabuka and Cravens Peak reserves) University of Sydney: Chris Dickman, Glenda Wardle
Ecology of Great Artesian Basin endemic invertebrates. (Edgbaston Reserve). University of Queensland: Rod Fensham, Renee Rossini
Charles Darwin Reserve Climate Change Observatory. Conservation Council of Western Australia: Nic Dunlop
Mapping rainforest patches in the northern Kimberley. (Wunambal Gaambera partnership) University of Tasmania: David Bowman, Stefania Ondei

Problem species research

Project Partners
Siam weed, grader grass and fire – managing multiple threats in tropical woodlands (Yourka Reserve).  
Evaluation of feral predator control on Charles Darwin Reserve. Edith Cowan University
Ecology of the feral cat (Felis catus) in coastal heaths and mallee ecosystems of the south coast of Western Australia. (Gondwana Link reserves.) University of Western Australia & Dept of Parks and Wildlife: Sarah Comer
Habitat use by Gambusia at Edgbaston Springs University of Queensland: Rod Fensham, Alex Burton
Reproductive biology of Gambusia (Edgbaston Reserve) University of Canberra: Peter Unmack, Nathan Clough
The Impacts of Cenchrus ciliaris (Buffel grass) on diversity and species composition of skinks and dragons in arid regions (Bon Bon Station Reserve). University of Adelaide, Chris Seidel
Keystone effects of Australia’s top predators (dingoes, devils and biodiversity). Cravens Peak Reserve. Status: completed University of NSW: Mike Letnic
Weathering the perfect storm: mitigating the post-fire impacts of invasive predators on small desert vertebrates. (Ethabuka and Cravens Peak reserves) University of Sydney: Chris Dickman
Investigating the optimal density of large native herbivores for native biodiversity conservation in temperate grassland and grassy woodland communities. (Scottsdale & Nardoo Hills reserves). Status: completed Australian National University: David Lindenmayer, Brett Howland
Carp removal research (Scottsdale Reserve) Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach: Antia B
Remote sensing identification of invasive/native grasses (Scottsdale Reserve) University of Technology Sydney: Chris Watson

Fire ecology research

Project Partners
Managing fire for nature conservation in subtropical woodlands (Carnarvon Station Reserve). Status: completed. University of Queensland: Martine Maron, Emma Burgess
Evaluation of fire management in tropical woodlands (Yourka Reserve). Birdlife Australia’s North Queensland group
When and how frequently should we burn a senescing landscape to safeguard against loss of species (Gondwana Link reserves)? Status: completed University of Queensland: Ayesha Tulloch
Fire regimes and their effects on biodiversity at Charles Darwin Reserve. Edith Cowan University: Eddie van Etten et al
Pyroherbivory and the nexus between Aboriginal fire mosaics and kangaroos. (Wunambal Gaambera, Yourka Reserve, Carnarvon Station Reserve) University of Tasmania: David Bowman, Angie Reid; Deakin University: Euan Ritchie; Charles Darwin Uni: Brett Murphy

Threatened species research

Project Partners
Re-introducing the nationally vulnerable Red-tailed Phascogale into Kojonup Reserve. WA Department of Parks and Wildlife
Recovery of one of the world’s most endangered species, the Red-finned Blue-eye fish, at Edgbaston Reserve. National Red-finned Blue-eye Recovery Team
Recovery and supplementation of threatened Victorian orchids (Nardoo Hills and JC Griffin reserves). Amaryllis Environmental
Malleefowl Adaptive Management Project (Charles Darwin Reserve). National Malleefowl Recovery Team
Establishing a new population of the vulnerable Striped Legless Lizard on Scottsdale Reserve. Australian National University: Brett Howland; ACT Govt
Impact of vegetation structure on habitat use in a population of translocated Striped Legless Lizards (Delma impar) at Scottsdale Reserve, NSW. Status: completed Australian National University: David Freudenberger, Ben Huttner-Koros
Genetic analysis of translocated striped legless lizard (Delma impar) populations on Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve, NSW. University of Sunshine Coast: Dr. Steven Ogbourne
Returning burrowing bettongs to Bon Bon – survival outside fenced sanctuaries. Ian Potter Foundation; Arid Recovery; University of Melbourne: Assoc Prof Brendan Wintle; Australian Museum: Dr. Rebecca Johnson; Conservation Drones: Prof Lian Pin Koh
Can prior exposure to predators improve re-introduction success? (Bon Bon Station Reserve.) University of NSW: Assoc Prof Mike Letnic
The ecology and status of the Night Parrot (Pullen Pullen Reserve). National Night Parrot Recovery Team
Bringing Alwal Home (Olkola partnership). Olkola Aboriginal Corportion
Re-introduction feasibility study. National Science Environmental Program
Searching for the elusive marsupial mole (Birriliburu partnership). La Trobe University: Joe Benshemesh; Birriliburu Rangers
Bilby monitoring and evaluation of impact of feral predators (Birriliburu partnership). Desert Wildlife Service: Rachel Paltridge; Birriliburu Rangers
Wallaby ecology, home-range and monitoring (Gondwana Link reserves). University of Melbourne: Graeme Coulson, Sandra Gilfillen

Restoration ecology research

Project Partners
Is tree planting enough? Investigating the recovery of ecosystem functions and biodiversity in York gum woodlands. Murdoch University, CSIRO, UWA, Tina Schroeder
Effectiveness of grassy box woodland restoration at Scottsdale Reserve. Australian National University: David Freudenberger et al
Principles and Standards for Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation in Australia. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia