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An increasing number of Australians want to be assured that the food and fibre being produced on this continent have been grown and harvested in an ecologically sustainable way. Ecologically sustainable farming conserves the array of species that are integral to key ecological processes such as pollination, seed dispersal, natural pest control and the decomposition of waste.
Wildlife Conservation in Farm Landscapes communicates new scientific information about best practice ways to integrate conservation and agriculture in the temperate eucalypt woodland belt of eastern Australia. It is based on the large body of scientific literature in this field, as well as long-term studies at 790 permanent sites on over 290 farms extending throughout Victoria, New South Wales and south-east Queensland.
Richly illustrated, with chapters on birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and plants, Wildlife Conservation in Farm Landscapes illustrates how management interventions can promote nature conservation and what practices have the greatest benefit for biodiversity. Together the new insights in Wildlife Conservation in Farm Landscapes inform whole-of-farm planning.
6: Vegetation cover and Plants
7: Managing wildlife friendly farms
8: General discussion
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Professor David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University. He has written more than 990 scientific articles (including 520 papers in peer-reviewed international journals) and 41 books on forest ecology and management, forest and woodland biodiversity, conservation in agricultural landscapes, the ecology and management of fire, and conservation science and natural resource management. He is one of the most highly cited ecological scientists in the world (listed in the top 0.1% in his field) and one of less than 1% of >15 million scientists globally that publish more than 10 peer-reviewed articles annually. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and the New York Academy of Science, winner of the Eureka Prize (twice), Whitley Award (six times), the Australian Natural History Medal, the Serventy Medal for Ornithology and numerous other awards. David was awarded a prestigious 5-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2013 and an Order of Australia in 2014. He currently runs five large-scale, long-term research programs in south-eastern Australia, primarily associated with developing ways to conserve biodiversity in reserves, national parks, wood production forests, plantations and on farm land.
Dr Damian Michael is a senior research officer in ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University. Damian completed his PhD on the ecology and conservation of reptiles in rocky outcrop ecosystems and is currently the project manager of several long-term biodiversity monitoring programs in south-eastern Australia. Damian’s research interests include understanding the effects of agriculture on the distribution and spatial ecology of reptiles, and evaluating the response of reptiles to habitat restoration and woodland management interventions. Damian is passionate about science communication and is the author of Reptiles of the NSW Murray Catchment.
Mason Crane has been a field-based research officer with the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University for the last 15 years. During this time he has implemented and worked across numerous research projects examining biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes. Mason’s main responsibility is to coordinate research programs associated with the South West Slopes Restoration Study. While having a broad interest in ecology and a wide range of taxa, Mason is in the final stages of a PhD program focusing on the conservation of the Squirrel Glider.
Sachiko Okada is a senior research officer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. She manages a project of the Nanangroe Natural Experiment that investigates animal responses to land that has been transformed from grazing farms to radiata pine plantations. She is particularly interested in birds and is currently researching how landscape conversion affects bird breeding success in the region.
Daniel Florance has a strong interest in the conservation of our native ecosystems, using scientific research to provide practical evidence-based solutions to effectively implement conservation within the agricultural landscape. Daniel began working for the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority alongside the Lindenmayer research group on the ecological monitoring of the Australian Government's Environmental Stewardship Program in 2011 and he now manages this program. Since 2012, he has worked as a research officer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, where he is responsible for field-based, long-term ecological research in south-east Australia.
Dr Philip Barton is a community ecologist interested in the drivers of insect diversity in box-gum grassy woodlands. He has previously studied how insects respond to grazing, woody debris, restoration plantings and fire, and is now studying insects associated with dead animals and how these insects contribute to the decomposition process.
Dr Karen Ikin is a postdoctoral fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, based at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Australian National University. Her research focuses on wildlife and habitat conservation in human-modified environments, such as those that occur in urban and agricultural landscapes. Karen is particularly interested in how ecological knowledge can be applied to improve conservation, management and planning.