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Rocky Outcrops in Australia Ecology, Conservation and Management

By: Damian Michael(Author), David B Lindenmayer(Author)
176 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Publisher: CSIRO
Rocky Outcrops in Australia
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  • Rocky Outcrops in Australia ISBN: 9781486307906 Paperback Feb 2018 Usually dispatched within 1 week
Price: £38.95
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About this book

Rocky outcrops are landscape features with disproportionately high biodiversity values relative to their size. They support specialised plants and animals, and a wide variety of endemic species. To indigenous Australians, they are sacred places and provide valuable resources. Despite their ecological and cultural importance, many rocky outcrops and associated biota are threatened by agricultural and recreational activities, forestry and mining operations, invasive weeds, altered fire regimes and climate change.

Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management contains chapters on why this habitat is important, the animals that live and depend on these formations, key threatening processes and how rocky outcrops can be managed to improve biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes, state forests and protected areas. This book will be an important reference for landholders, Landcare groups, naturalists interested in Australian wildlife and natural resource managers.



Chapter 1. Introduction and background
Chapter 2. Rocky outcrop values
Chapter 3. Australian rock-dwelling fauna
Chapter 4. Threatening processes
Chapter 5. Managing rocky outcrops for biodiversity conservation

Appendix 1. Australian rock-dwelling fauna and their conservation status

Customer Reviews


Dr Damian Michael is a Senior Research Officer in Ecology at The Australian National University. He has broad interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation, herpetology and understanding the ecological importance of rocky outcrops in agricultural landscapes. He manages several large-scale biodiversity monitoring programs in NSW and has published 90 scientific papers and six books.

Dr David Lindenmayer is a Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on the conservation of forests and their wildlife for more than 35 years. He has published 45 books and over 1100 scientific papers, and has broad interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology, vertebrate ecology, forest ecology and woodland conservation. He has received numerous awards, is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.

By: Damian Michael(Author), David B Lindenmayer(Author)
176 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Publisher: CSIRO
Media reviews

"Biodiversity and geodiversity go hand in hand, but texts on the diversity of plants and animal rarely take into account the influence of geology and landforms. This book changes all that – it is the first book on the ecology of rocky outcrops in Australia. I was mesmerised by the colourful images depicting all things rock-related from columnar basalt to rock-wallabies to rock engravings. Instead of the usual smattering of colour plates in the centre of the book, the whole text is made from thick high quality glossy paper enabling photos to adorn nearly every page making it a visual treat that would adorn a coffee table.[...]"
– Sarah Taylor, The Niche (British Ecological Society magazine), June 2019

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