Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction

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Emma Burns, Andrew Lowe, Nicole Thurgate, David Lindenmayer
Csiro Publishing, Feb 6, 2014 - Science - 624 pages
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This data-rich book demonstrates the value of existing national long-term ecological research in Australia for monitoring environmental change and biodiversity. Long-term ecological data are critical for informing trends in biodiversity and environmental change. The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is a major initiative of the Australian Government and one of its key areas of investment is to provide funding for a network of long-term ecological research plots around Australia (LTERN). LTERN researchers and other authors in this book have maintained monitoring sites, often for one or more decades, in an array of different ecosystems across the Australian continent – ranging from tropical rainforests, wet eucalypt forests and alpine regions through to rangelands and deserts. This book highlights some of the temporal changes in the environment that have occurred in the various systems in which dedicated field-based ecologists have worked. Many important trends and changes are documented and they often provide new insights that were previously poorly understood or unknown. These data are precisely the kinds of data so desperately needed to better quantify the temporal trajectories in the environment in Australia. By presenting trend patterns (and often also the associated data) the authors aim to catalyse governments and other organisations to better recognise the importance of long-term data collection and monitoring as a fundamental part of ecologically-effective and cost-effective management of the environment and biodiversity.

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Emma Burns is a conservation biologist in the Fenner School of Environment and Society and Executive Director of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) within TERN.

David Lindenmayer is Professor of Ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (2013 2018). He specializes in establishing large-scale, long-term research programs that are underpinned by rigorous experimental design, detailed sampling and innovative statistical analyses. He has published 35 books and over 850 scientific articles on wildlife ecology, forest ecology and management, woodland ecology and conservation biology. He has worked on biodiversity conservation for more than 30 years. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2008 and has won numerous environmental and conservation awards.

Andrew Lowe is Professor of Plant Conservation Biology and Director of the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity at the University of Adelaide, Head of Science for the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and Associate Science Director of TERN.

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