Wetland ecosystems are often biodiversity hotspots but are under various threats including climate change. For a Critically Endangered tortoise, Pseudemydura umbrina existing only in two ephemeral wetlands, finding Assisted Colonization (AC) sites was paramount. The eco-hydrology and geomorphology of those two wetlands were analysed to conceptualise a mechanistic eco-hydrological model. The model developed was next calibrated and validated against historical and field data, and then applied to south-western Western Australia to screen ideal AC candidate wetlands. The model provided valuable insights for using such models for species conservation and has potential to be used for other species and ecosystems worldwide.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||20 Dec 2016|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2016|