Prioritising and Planning for Australian Threatened Species Recovery


Species extinction was once just an island-based phenomenon; today, it is a global issue impacting all continents, and Australia is no different. Australia is a megadiverse country, home to at least 600,000 species. Yet, despite Australia’s high economic wealth, relatively good governance, and world-class scientific expertise, it is experiencing unprecedentedly high rates of extinction. Evidence shows Australia currently faces the highest record of mammal extinction in the world. 

The primary aim of this thesis is to address the gap in knowledge about how we can best prioritise and plan to ensure the recovery of Australian threatened species. This thesis will develop insights into cost-effective prioritisation of umbrella species in order to maximise the protection of threatened flora and fauna. It will develop tools that can be used to analyse the effectiveness of environmental legislation in mitigating impacts and will suggest ways for improvement. Future threats, such as climate change, will also be examined in regard to the impacts and trade-offs of management design. This thesis will then provide a plausible framework, method, and case study for developing an action map for threatened species.

Advisory Team

Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes


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