Project groups

8-2.3 | INVASIVE SPECIES AND CLIMATE CHANGES IN AUSTRALIA

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Schwenk

So far studies on biodiversity focused on single factors such as land use, invasive species or climate change. Due to the intense cooperation with the Department of Environment and Conservation in Perth we are able to test these parameters simultaneously (and their interactions) on the indigenous Australian fauna. In particular, the effect of invasive cats and foxes, climate and habitat on local biodiversity patterns of reptiles and vertebrates will be studied using data from fauna surveys along a climatic gradient and time (replicate sampling for several years). 

Team

Katrin Koch, Ph.D. student

Publications

Koch, K., Algar, D. & K. Schwenk (2014) : Population structure and management of invasive cats on an Australian Island. - The Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 968-975.

Koch, K., Algarb, D., Searle, J. B., Pfenninger, M. & K. Schwenk (2015) : A voyage to Terra Australis: human-mediated dispersal of cats. -  BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:542