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Our research relies upon funding provided by a mix of regional, State and Federal sources. Recent funding sources are summarised below.

Survey and monitoring of snow gum dieback

Funds provider: Australian Alps National Parks (2019)

Investigators: Brookhouse M (Australian National University), McDougall K Threatened Species Officer, Biodiversity & Conservation, NSW DPE), Wright G (Threatened Species Officer, Biodiversity & Conservation, DPE).

 

Link: Australian Alps national parks annual report 2019-2020

Environmental drivers, landscape determinants and control of snow-gum dieback

Funds provider: NSW Environmental Trust research grant (2020)

Overview: Using a multi-disciplinary approach including dendrochronology, remote sensing, soil science and entomology this project aims to deliver sophisticated insights to the causes and patterns of snow-gum dieback in the Australian Alps and address uncertainties surrounding its current extent and likely future spread. Knowledge gained through the project will offer pathways to plan for and respond to dieback by identifying opportunities to slow its spread, and assist efforts aimed at protecting and restoring affected stands with the goal of protecting an irreplaceable part of Australia's natural heritage.

Investigators: Brookhouse M (Australian National University), Nicotra A (Australian National University), Cunningham S (Australian National University), Farquhar G (Australian National University), Meir P (University of Edinburgh), Yebra M (Australian National University).

Collaborators: Schroder M (Southern Ranges Branch, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service), Dorrough J (Restoration Science Team, Science, Economics & Insights Division, DPE), McDougall K Threatened Species Officer, Biodiversity & Conservation, NSW DPE), Wright G (Threatened Species Officer, Biodiversity & Conservation, DPE)

Link: Environmental Research grants awarded and project summaries

 

Understanding snow gum dieback for effective and integrated management

Funds provider: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (2021)

Overview: Leveraging recent investments in research and infrastructure and drawing on excellent facilities, expertise and capability of our determined and collaborative team, this project is focused on three broad but interrelated core questions:

  1. What role do snow gums play in high country water and carbon budgets and thus how will dieback impact the socio-economic and biodiversity values of the catchments?

  2. What are the options for mitigation of tree loss across the range of the snow gum species complex? 

  3. What is the future geography of dieback and what are priority locations for proactive management action? 

Investigators: Nicotra A (Australian National University), Brookhouse M (Australian National University), Pittock J (Australian National University), Cunningham S (Australian National University), Atkin O (Australian National University), Smith B (Western Sydney University).

Partner investigators: Schroder M (Southern Ranges Branch NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service), Cooney R (ACT Conservation Research), Dorrough J (Restoration Science Team, Science, Economics & Insights Division, NSW DPE).

Collaborators: Hovenden M (University of Tasmania), Moore L (Australian National University, H2O Connect), Bush D (CSIRO, Australian Tree Seed Centre), Rule K (Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne), Borevitz J (Australian National University), Mackinnon M (Upper Snowy Landcare Network), Keatley M (Parks Victoria)

 

Link: Minister's Approval for Linkage Projects 2021 Round 3

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