Projects in the Public

Projects currently undertaken by our DEEP researchers that you may see happening around Tasmania. Other projects focused on can be found on the People‘s page under each researcher. If you would like to volunteer on a project listed, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page!

 

Long-term viability of the flightless Tasmanian native-hen

PhD Lucile Lévêque

As the Tasmanian native-hen is an iconic species, but also a rare example of a thriving flightless bird, we need to measure its resistance to changing environments, to forecast its extinction risk in future threatening conditions. Maria Island is the best location for the study. To test the effect of habitat quality and competition, we installed 12 m2 exclusion plots in July 2018. These exclusion plots will prevent grazing by wombats and large macropods, such as kangaroos, but will allow entry for the native-hens to forage.

 


Use of new technologies for improved estimates of Tasmanian mammal abundance

Honours Yvonne Teo

This study aims to investigate new survey methods (i.e. the use of unmanned aerial survey) for estimating population abundance of forester kangaroo (Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis), Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii), Bennett’s wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus). The data will be collected across a range of land-use types in Tasmania, including: Narawntapu National Park, Bronte Park, Huon Valley and The University Reserve. Two drone models – Mavic Pro and Phantom Pro 4 will be used in the study.

 


 

Effects of the introduced superb lyrebird on forest-litter loads and fire risk in Tasmania

Honours Damien Ashlin

This study aims to identify potential habitat for lyrebirds within Tasmania, and map their known distributions and investigate links between lyrebird behaviour (scratchings) and fire risk within Tasmanian forests.Exclusion experiments will be used to quantify the influence of lyrebirds on leaf litter (surface fuel loads) within occupied sites by comparing treatments, and between occupied and control (absent) sites. Data will be collected from sites occupied by lyrebirds (lyrebird sites), from within their known range and areas immediately beyond their known range (e.g., lyrebird absent control sites) by utilising a paired exclusion and open-plot design between each site.


Bird Observation and Insect Netting on the Tasman Peninsula

PhD Leon Diengdoh

Observation of Tasmanian birds and netting of insects (bees, beetles, and butterflies) on the Tasman Peninsula. Fieldwork will take place in national parks, reserves, plantation areas.

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