CEED member Roberto Salguero-Gómez manages a plant database called COMPADRE that brings together the life histories of over a thousand plant species. In a sense, it’s a window on the ‘tree of life’ (see the story in this issue). Now Salguero-Gómez and colleagues have demonstrated the value of this window by using COMPADRE to explain […]
Tree of life reveals insights on plant variation
Two global demographic databases Demography is simply the study of how the population of a species grows or shrinks over time. Obtaining high quality demographic information about a species is fundamental to conservation science. If a population declines too far it ultimately leads to its extinction (consider the Tasmanian tiger). If it expands too much, […]
The program to eradicate invasive hawkweed species from Victoria’s Alpine National Park has been a long and concerted effort with broad community support. Overseen by a Project Control Group, the program relies on the efforts of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria, Falls Creek Resort Management, Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management, Weed Spotters, weed control contractors, volunteers, and researchers to help find and control hawkweeds.
What’s possible, what’s optimal? The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) is a carbon offset scheme established by the Australian government. It provides opportunities for land owners and local communities to alter land management practices to reduce or sequester carbon emissions. In addition to storing carbon these practices also have the potential to deliver other environmental benefits such as the conservation of biodiversity […]