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Rahil Amin

PhD Candidate

Room 349 , Life Science Building

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.

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Fields of Research

  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Freshwater ecology (310304)

Research Objectives

  • Animal adaptation to climate change (109901)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments (180206)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)

Publications

Total publications

3

Journal Article

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2023Diengdoh VL, Ondei S, Amin RJ, Hunt MA, Brook BW, 'Landscape functional connectivity for butterflies under different scenarios of land-use, land-cover, and climate change in Australia', Biological Conservation, 277 Article 109825. ISSN 0006-3207 (2023) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109825 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ondei S; Hunt MA; Brook BW

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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 - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Fielding MW; 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, 29 Article e01735. ISSN 2351-9894 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Barlow MM; Johnson CN; McDowell MC; Fielding MW

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