Microbats are an understudied arid zone vertebrate so their response to the construction of conservation reserves is poorly understood. This project will take advantage of a unique opportunity to investigate how bat ecology is influenced by the removal of introduced predators and herbivores by studying the two newly established feral-proof reserves at the Wild Deserts project. Ultrasonic monitoring sites will be established inside and outside the fenced reserves so that bat responses can be compared. Invertebrate traps will be used to understand how herbivore removal and vegetation restoration influences food abundance.
This project aims to:
During this project, you’ll have the chance to:
Supervisors: Dr Rebecca West, Dr Katherine Moseby, Dr Tanya Leary