The population and spatial ecology of the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) in the Upper Warren, southwest Australia

Sian Thorn

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Australia has one of the highest extinction rates in the world and 21% of Australia’s endemic terrestrial mammals are threatened. One of these species is the Endangered numbat. The Upper Warren holds the largest numbat population, which lacks information on vital population parameters. I developed capture-recapture methods using remote sensor cameras, providing the first density estimate for this population and exploring optimal sampling designs. I then used GPS technology to further knowledge of the habitat preferences and home range size for this population. Finally, I developed a population viability analysis model to explore future population trajectories under different management scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Mitchell, Nicki, Supervisor
  • Firman, Renee, Supervisor
  • Wayne, Adrian, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date20 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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