How to jump the garden fence: deconstructing the niche of range shifting plants to inform management in the Anthropocene

Melinda Trudgen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Mitigating the threat that global environmental change poses to native ecosystems requires understanding likely changes to species distributions. A model species, Tipuana tipu, was used to characterise how urban trees "jump the garden fence" becoming environmental weeds. Niche theory applied to experimentally determined ecophysiology and biogeographical insight (temperature tolerance, phosphorus requirements and distribution modelling) was used to quantify niche shifts in space and time, and with future climate projections. Insight in characterising, interpreting and managing niche shifts between native and non-native ranges of species will directly inform decisions to improve conservation management in the Anthropocene.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date21 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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