Invasive species and climate contribute directly to loss of biodiversity and economic productivity. This research project focuses on providing user-orientated tools that enable a strategic approach to European rabbit management and vertebrate pest control in Australia in response to anticipated climate and land-use change.
Our approach will explicitly model the disease dynamics of bio-control agents and their interaction with introduced European rabbit population dynamics, providing a quantitative cost-benefit analysis of disease and non-disease management strategies at local and regional scales. A major outcome will be generalisations on the efficacy of using combinations of control techniques to manage rabbits in Australia in response to differing climate and landscape conditions. The eMAST climate data will be used to help develop an integrated vertebrate pest management tool that accounts for the key interactions between invasiveness, climate change, habitat suitability and management intervention.
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