Tahneal Hawke
PhD Candidate
Field of Research: 
Platypus population dynamics
Contact details:
+61 431 706 244

Level 5 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

The impacts of river regulation on platypus populations

My research is focused on assessing long-term changes in platypus populations and the current impacts of river regulation on platypus population dynamics. I am particularly interested in the use of historical records for monitoring long-term population changes and to highlight shifting baselines of abundance.

The main objective of my research project is to quantify the short and long-term effects of river regulation, the construction of dams, and the alteration of flow regimes on platypus populations. I am investigating population dynamics, including age structure, sex ratio, survival and dispersal in regulated and unregulated rivers across NSW and VIC.