Reconstructing past population dynamics to understand human and climatic impacts in prehistory [ 2008 - 2010 ]

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Researchers Prof BW Brook; Prof CN Johnson

Brief description More than 100 species have become extinct since humans first colonised Australia, and over 1000 are considered threatened. This research will determine the factors most strongly governing the interaction between humans and native fauna in Australia over the last 46 millennia. Our approach is powerful and novel because it will effectively draw together multidisciplinary evidence on natural resource exploitation and habitat alteration by ancient people, and the influence of dramatic climatic shifts on the Australian biota. Information on past biological responses to environmental change is critical to properly contextualising the current impact, and long-term consequences of, threats such as global warming, habitat loss and invasive species.

Funding Amount $624,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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