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Matthew Fielding

PhD Candidate

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Extinction impacts on bird communities: a case study on a shifting strait

Land-bridge islands are often overlooked in conservation research. However, these unique environments are home to some of Australia’s most endangered bird species. The Bass Strait Islands were once part of a land bridge that connected Tasmania to the Australian Mainland before sea-level rise flooded the basin approximately 14,000 years ago. The islands have since been extensively cleared for farming, impacting local bird communities and leading to the loss of several species, such as the King Island Emu. However, some species, like the Forest Raven, have increased in abundance due to greater food availability following the extinction of native mammalian predators on the islands. In this project, Matt is using a range of field techniques and statistical methods to explore how extinction has shaped the bird communities of the islands and impacted the unique ecosystems in a shifting strait.

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Fields of Research

  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)

Research Objectives

  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use (180603)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)

Publications

Total publications

6

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2021Journal ArticleFielding MW, Buettel JC, Brook BW, Stojanovic D, Yates LA, 'Roadkill islands: Carnivore extinction shifts seasonal use of roadside carrion by generalist avian scavenger', Journal of Animal Ecology pp. 1-9. ISSN 0021-8790 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13532 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Brook BW; Yates LA

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2020Journal ArticleFielding MW, Buettel JC, Brook BW, 'Trophic rewilding of native extirpated predators on Bass Strait Islands could benefit woodland birds', Emu pp. 1-3. ISSN 0158-4197 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2020.1797509 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Brook BW

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2020Journal ArticleFielding MW, Buettel JC, Nguyen HKD, Brook BW, 'Ravens exploit wildlife roadkill and agricultural landscapes but do not affect songbird assemblages', Emu, 120, (1) pp. 11-21. ISSN 0158-4197 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2019.1629820 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Nguyen HKD; Brook BW

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Journal Article

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Amin RJ, Buettel JC, Fielding MW, Vaughan PM, Brook BW, 'Hot, unpredictable weather interacts with land use to restrict the distribution of the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo', Emu pp. 1-10. ISSN 0158-4197 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2021.1952083 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Amin RJ; Buettel JC; Vaughan PM; Brook BW

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2021Barlow MM, Johnson CN, McDowell MC, Fielding MW, Amin RJ, et al., 'Species distribution models for conservation: identifying translocation sites for eastern quolls under climate change', Global Ecology and Conservation Article e01735. ISSN 2351-9894 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01735 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barlow MM; Johnson CN; McDowell MC; Amin RJ

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2021Fielding MW, Buettel JC, Brook BW, Stojanovic D, Yates LA, 'Roadkill islands: Carnivore extinction shifts seasonal use of roadside carrion by generalist avian scavenger', Journal of Animal Ecology pp. 1-9. ISSN 0021-8790 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13532 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Brook BW; Yates LA

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2020Fielding MW, Buettel JC, Brook BW, 'Trophic rewilding of native extirpated predators on Bass Strait Islands could benefit woodland birds', Emu pp. 1-3. ISSN 0158-4197 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2020.1797509 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Brook BW

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2020Fielding MW, Buettel JC, Nguyen HKD, Brook BW, 'Ravens exploit wildlife roadkill and agricultural landscapes but do not affect songbird assemblages', Emu, 120, (1) pp. 11-21. ISSN 0158-4197 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2019.1629820 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Nguyen HKD; Brook BW

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2019Nguyen HKD, Fielding MW, Buettel JC, Brook BW, 'Habitat suitability, live abundance and their link to road mortality of Tasmanian wildlife', Wildlife Research, 46, (3) pp. 236-246. ISSN 1035-3712 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR18128 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Nguyen HKD; Buettel JC; Brook BW

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$11,272

Projects

Drivers of bird community structure on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait (2020)$6,725
Description
Land-bridge islands are often overlooked in conservation research; however, these unique environments are home to some of Australias most endangered avian fauna. The principal aim of this project is to understand how drivers, such as isolation, climate change and habitat modification, impact woodland bird communities on land bridge islands and resulted in the extinction and endangerment of these species.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,725)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Brook BW; Buettel JC; Fielding MW
Year
2020
Drivers of bird communities on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait (2019)$4,547
Description
Land-bridge islands are often overlooked in conservation research; however, these unique environments are home to some of Australias most endangered avian fauna. The principal aim of this project is to understand how drivers, such as isolation, climate change and habitat modification, impact woodland bird communities on land bridge islands and resulted in the extinction and endangerment of these species.
Funding
Birdlife Australia ($4,547)
Scheme
Grant-Conservation
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Brook BW; Fielding MW; Buettel JC; McDowell MC
Year
2019