Science: surveys and research at Brooklyn

Science: surveys and research at Brooklyn

At Brooklyn, AWC measures a suite of indicators of ecological health by undertaking more than 2,000 live traps nights each year plus 77 vegetation surveys and at least 2,250 camera trap nights. The impact of fire is measured using satellite imagery while populations of feral herbivores are estimated by aerial census.

Important research projects are investigating:

  • Restoration of an appropriate fire regime in wet sclerophyll forest to maintain its structure and composition

  • The relative importance of termites and fungi for the breakdown of wood in tropical Australia under current and future climate scenarios

  • Distribution, habitat use and abundance of Northern Quolls, and Spotted-tailed Quolls, which are declining throughout their former ranges. These projects will identify factors which support these species at Brooklyn, and inform quoll conservation on the sanctuary and elsewhere.

Brooklyn’s landscape and wildlife diversity has attracted considerable research interest from the CSIRO and universities interested in tropical ecology including the response of wildlife to climate change.