Synopsis

Greater bilbies have recently been reintroduced to the feral-free exclosures at Wild Deserts in far north-west NSW. This project will set up a series of experimental plots of imitation baited invertebrate burrows and middens inside and outside the exclosures to look at predation rates in areas with and without bilbies. GPS radio telemetry may also be used to examine bilby fine-scale foraging activity.

Aims

This project aims to:

  • Determine predation rates of invertebrate burrows and middens
  • Determine the species predating invertebrate burrows and middens
  • Determine the potential impact of bilby reintroduction on macroinvertebrate communities

Student Benefits

During this project, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Study a recently reintroduced mammal
  • Work closely with the team from the Wild Deserts restoration project
  • Contribute to the knowledge of reintroduction ecology for bilbies
  • Learn camera trapping, radiotelemetry and other field monitoring and survey techniques

Supervisors: Dr Katherine Moseby, Dr Rebecca West, Prof Richard Kingsford