Disentangling the drivers of beta-diversity
Habitat conversion and invasive species have caused major biodiversity diversity loss in Australia. For instance, since the European settlement, only 10% of the vegetation in Tasmanian Midlands remain due to intensive agricultural conversion. To maintain and restore biodiversity in human-impacted Tasmania, we need to understand the factors and processes that underlie spatial patterns of biodiversity. In my PhD, I will study and illustrate how environmental conditions (i.e., the degree of disturbance, productivity levels, and habitat connectivity) influence the spatial turnover in species composition (i.e.,β-diversity) via a broad-scale observational survey on Tasmania’s freshwater meta-communities.
Community assembly theory and restoration ecology are complementary fields since the first provides a conceptual foundation about the rules that govern species composition of local communities, and the second focuses on the reconstruction of biologically functioning communities. Therefore, I hope research would not only improve our knowledge of the processes controlling β-diversity but would also offer general guidance for conserving and restoring biodiversity in human-modified landscapes.
Fields of Research
- Global change biology (319902)
- Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
- Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
- Animal adaptation to climate change (109901)
Journal Article(2 outputs)
|2021||Amin 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]|
Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors: Buettel JC; Fielding MW; Vaughan PM; Brook BW
|2021||Barlow 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]|
Co-authors: Barlow MM; Johnson CN; McDowell MC; Fielding MW