Animal extinction upsets forest balance: UC study

Holsworth Endowment supports Pignosed Turtle Research

Next-Generation DNA Sequencing is going to be brought to bear on wildlife trafficking for Australian freshwater turtles thanks to a grant to Matt Young from the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Fund.

Dr Bill Holsworth is a renowned ecologist, mammalogist, wildlife biologist and philanthropist. In 1989 Bill and his wife Carol established the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment to fund grants to universities for postgraduate students in fauna and flora.

Conservation of rare and threatened native species requires effective wildlife management through defining management


Is environmental legislation conserving tropical stream faunas?

The Amazon is a megadiverse biome of global importance, especially for forests and their animals. Less obvious is the importance of the hundreds of thousands of small streams that ramify through Amazonian landscapes and constitute up to 90% of the of the total channel length in some basins.

A new study published in the international scientific Journal of Applied Ecology brings to light the conservation relevance of the small streams in regions of agricultural expansion and shows that Brazilian environmental


Investing in conservation, does it add up?

By Marcus Butler

Saving a species from extinction can cost a lot of money, but researchers at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) have found that spending more doesn’t necessarily lead to constant improvements.

The team, led by IAE’s Emeritus Professor Jim Hone, studied the relationship between positive outcomes in conservation management and the amount of money spent.

The Effort–Outcomes Relationship in Applied Ecology: Evaluation and Implications,   recently published in the journal BioScience, included their findings on elephant