Conservation and restoration (native invertebrates, planted corridors)
Campus: Mt Helen
Discipline: Environmental Management
Research field: Conservation and restoration
Key words: native invertebrates, planted corridors
Supervisor(s): Penelope Greenslade, S. Florentine
Phone: 03 5327 6205
Brief Supervisor Bio I
My main area of study is the effect of human impacts on invertebrates, particularly soil animals and assessing the success of restoring native invertebrates to revegetated areas. Human impacts have included fire, vegetation clearing, mining, broad acre and pastoral agriculture and pollutants including pesticides. I am also a taxonomist of an abundant, widespread group of soil animals, the Springtails.
Project title: Assessing the success of different types of planted wind breaks, native corridors and revegetated land in attracting native invertebrate predators and other native fauna on farm land.
Collaborator: Burrumbeet Land Care Group, contact Susan Moody and other local groups
Up to six different types of vegetated wildlife corridors on farms, will be sampled at least one planted with a range of native plants, one with single native tree species, and one across fence comparison of fertiliser application. Invertebrates in the soil and on low vegetation will be sampled on each site. Morphospecies will be recorded and their native or exotic status noted. Species richness of each site will be statistically analysed.
This project aims to point the way to small changes land managers can make that could also result in economic benefits of cropping land by providing habitats for potential invertebrate predators of pests on crops.