Rehabilitating a changing landscape: using the latest advances in koala ecology to direct adaptive management (ARC Linkage Project administered by the University of Sydney) (2015–2018)
The koala has been identified as one of the world's flagship species suffering from enviornmental change. In
contrast to the decline of koalas in NSW generally, the eucalypts planted in Gunnedah to combat salinity led
to an increase in koalas. However, the startlingly high death rate of Gunnedah koalas (25% of the population)
in the heatwave during the drought in 2009 must be understood. There are also new threats brought about
by intensive land modification. This project will determine the effects of environmental change on the koala
population through a combination of landscape ecology, leaf chemistry, disease epidemiology and studies on
koala movements. This will lead to better management decisions for arboreal fauna.