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The Australian National University

Professor David Lindenmayer

BSc, DipEd, PhD, DSc, FAA
Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
T: +61 2 6125 0654

Areas of expertise

  • Landscape Ecology 050104
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Forestry Management And Environment 070504
  • Terrestrial Ecology 060208
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management 050211
  • Environmental Monitoring 050206
  • Forestry Fire Management 070503
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Ecological Applications 0501
  • Zoology 0608
  • Forestry Sciences 0705

Research interests

Landscape restoration and remnant native vegetation

  • A major restoration experiment in the Riverina and western Murray regions of southern Australia – studies of birds, small mammals, frogs, reptiles and arboreal marsupials.
  • Tests of the applicability of the focal species and other surrogate approaches in restoration

Integrated forest use, wildlife conservation and ecologically sustainability

  • The ontogeny and process of the development of cavities in ash-type eucalypt trees and its implications for the conservation of hollow-dependent fauna.
  • The importance of forest structure in ecologically sustainable forestry
  • The impact of forest fragmentation on forest fauna inhabiting intensively-used wood production areas.
  • Integration of resource economic analysis and ecological data to assess the efficacy of various forest management options.
  • Performance measures for models of wildlife habitat and nest tree suitability.
  • Genetic variability, dispersal behaviour, metapopulation dynamics, forest fragmentation and the conservation of mammals.
  • The effects of clearfelling practices on the development of policies for the ecologically sustainable use of forest resources.
  • The value for generic models for integrating wildlife conservation and timber harvesting.
  • Associations of species of arboreal marsupials and the use of management indicator species in forest conservation.
  • Morphometric, genetic and parasitological changes along a latitudinal gradient in the Mountain Brushtail Possum.

Habitat fragmentation and retained systems in wood production forests

  • Major fragmentation natural experiments in the Tumut and Nanangroe regions of southern Australia – studies of birds, small mammals, frogs, weeds, reptiles and arboreal marsupials.
  • The importance of systems of retained vegetation for the conservation of forest vertebrate fauna.
  • Distribution and abundance of birds, small mammals & arboreal marsupials in habitat fragments.
  • Edge effects and its impacts on the deterioration of retained systems in timber production forests.

Sampling methodology for forest vertebrates

  • Comparisons of sampling methods for birds, arboreal marsupials and small mammals.

Species responses to vegetation types and ecological burning practices

  • Major ecological burning and vegetation type response study – for vertebrates (mammals, birds and reptiles) at Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay Territory, south-eastern Australia
  • Major studies of post-fire ecological recovery following major wildfires in Victorian in 2009 – builds upon 30 years of past research in the montane ash forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria

 Re-introduction biology

  • The application of simulation and other modelling approaches in captive breeding and reintroduction.
  • The role and importance of disease in reintroduction biology and captive breeding programs.


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