Pacific Conservation Biology Pacific Conservation Biology Society
A journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region.

Pacific Conservation Biology

Pacific Conservation Biology

Pacific Conservation Biology provides a forum for discussion about regional conservation problems; debate about priorities and mechanisms for conservation oriented biological research; and dissemination of the results of relevant research. Read more about the journalMore

Editor-in-Chief: Mike Calver

 

Current Issue

Pacific Conservation Biology

Volume 23 Number 3 2017

PC17001Ecological consequences of land clearing and policy reform in Queensland

April E. Reside, Jutta Beher, Anita J. Cosgrove, Megan C. Evans, Leonie Seabrook, Jennifer L. Silcock, Amelia S. Wenger and Martine Maron
pp. 219-230

Land clearing has increased in Queensland since a shift in policy in 2013, threatening biodiversity, impairing the functioning of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems (particularly the Great Barrier Reef), and contributing to climate change. We review these impacts, provide an overview of the policy background, and suggest options for policy reform.


Behavioural ecology increasingly contributes to effective species conservation. This review presents our current knowledge of behavioural aspects of the Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) in relation to various conservation issues. Conclusions are drawn in regards to habitat conservation, management of fragmented landscapes, responses of the species to introduced predators, and the rehabilitation of orphaned juvenile tree-kangaroos.

PC17006Reduced efficacy of baiting programs for invasive species: some mechanisms and management implications

Sinéad E. Allsop, Shannon J. Dundas, Peter J. Adams, Tracey L. Kreplins, Philip W. Bateman and Patricia A. Fleming
pp. 240-257

‘Bait-resistance’ – progressive decrease in bait efficacy over time – can develop due to changes in behaviour of the target pest species (innate and learned bait-avoidance behaviour) and increased physiological toxin-tolerance. Both are more likely to develop when animals are exposed to sublethal baits. We explore the possibility of bait resistance in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), an introduced predator in Australia.

PC16040Can ecological thinning deliver conservation outcomes in high-density river red gum forests? Establishing an adaptive management experiment

E. J. Gorrod, P. Childs, D. A. Keith, S. Bowen, M. Pennay, T. O'Kelly, R. Woodward, A. Haywood, J. P. Pigott and C. McCormack
pp. 262-276

Evaluating ecological thinning for conservation objectives in a floodplain forest. Establishing a large-scale adaptive management manipulative experiment. Experiment structured around primary driving ecological process.

PC17008The remaining koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) of the Pilliga forests, north-west New South Wales: refugial persistence or a population on the road to extinction?

Daniel Lunney, Martin Predavec, Indrie Sonawane, Rodney Kavanagh, George Barrott-Brown, Stephen Phillips, John Callaghan, Dave Mitchell, Harry Parnaby, David C. Paull, Ian Shannon, Murray Ellis, Owen Price and David Milledge
pp. 277-294

We investigated the decline of koalas in the Pilliga forests using repeat surveys undertaken between 1990 and 2014. Koalas had declined and were found in only 21% of sites in which they were initially observed. Declines occurred evenly across the Pilliga, with persistence at a site seemingly related to a high initial density of koalas rather than to a slower rate of decline.

PC17005Preliminary observations of dingo responses to assumed aversive stimuli

Rob Appleby, Bradley Smith, Jess Mackie, Lilia Bernede and Darryl Jones
pp. 295-301

A pilot assessment of the responses of a social group of dingoes on Fraser Island to hand-held stimuli presumed to be aversive was conducted. Results suggest that the efficacy of a water pistol stimulus as a repellent, possibly enhanced with a mild irritant, warrants further investigation.

Online Early

The peer-reviewed and edited version of record published online before inclusion in an issue

Published online 19 September 2017

PC17015Preparing for advocacy, resisting attack

Brian Martin
 

Some scientists who engage in public advocacy come under attack. It is worthwhile preparing by learning about the risks, increasing financial security and building networks for personal support. When under attack, it is important to document actions, seek advice and mobilise support. Supporting outspoken scientists protects scientific freedom for all.

Published online 12 September 2017

PC17014The reverse precautionary principle: science, the environment and the salmon aquaculture industry in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, Australia

Jamie B. Kirkpatrick, Lorne K. Kriwoken and Jennifer Styger
 

Benthic waters of Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania de-oxygenated as fish production grew. The reverse precautionary response was to undertake further research because the causes of the changes were not fully understood. To help avoid such a response, research on the environmental impacts of an industry needs to be undertaken by scientists in secure positions funded independently of industry and government.

Just Accepted

These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

Most Read

The Most Read ranking is based on the number of downloads in the last 60 days from papers published on the CSIRO PUBLISHING website within the last 12 months. Usage statistics are updated daily.

  1. Distribution and diversity of Phytophthora across Australia

    Pacific Conservation Biology 23 (2)
    Treena I. Burgess, Diane White, Keith M. McDougall, Jeff Garnas, William A. Dunstan, Santiago Català, Angus J. Carnegie, Stuart Worboys, David Cahill, Anna-Maria Vettraino, Michael J. C. Stukely, Edward C. Y. Liew, Trudy Paap, Tanay Bose, Duccio Migliorini, Briony Williams, Frances Brigg, Colin Crane, Timothy Rudman, Giles E. St. J. Hardy

Submit Article

Use the online submission system to send us your manuscript.

Ivor Beatty Award

Kirby Smith, Carol Scarpaci, Brett Louden and Nicholas Otway have been awarded the Ivor Beatty Award for 2016.

Advertisement