CEED researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland working with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program have developed a user-friendly model to help managers decide whether an area is free from devil facial tumor disease.
Led by Tracy Rout, the researchers modelled the removal of a diseased Tasmanian devil population from Forestier Peninsula (Tasmania), and analysed the costs and benefits of declaring the area diseasefree prior to the reintroduction and establishment of a healthy insurance population (Rout et al, 2017).
“I think it’s a great example of scientists and practitioners working together to ensure on-ground decisions are informed by up-to-date modelling and decision analyses,” says Tracy Rout. “We developed a model that can be run from an Excel spreadsheet, so the management team could use it to plan monitoring intensity while in the field.”
Rout TM, CM Baker, S Huxtable & BA Wintle BA (2017). Monitoring, imperfect detection, and risk optimization of a Tasmanian devil insurance population. Conservation Biology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12975/full