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Platypuses need water to survive but the 2011 Melbourne floods could have been too much!

21 Jul 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

The widespread Melbourne floods of early 2011 have likely lead to the sharp drop in platypus numbers recently identified by cesar. Future platypus surveys will be crucial in determining the flood response and recovery of platypus numbers.

A genetic rescue of the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum at Mt Buller

16 Jun 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

The Australian mountain pygmy possum population on Mt Buller has suffered one of the most drastic declines in numbers and genetic diversity ever documented for a mammal. cesar is leading a team responsible for conducting Australia’s first ever genetic rescue of a wild native species population through a wild translocation.

Genetics to provide insight into endangered Barred Galaxias

30 Mar 2011 | Filed under genetic insights

The Barred Galaxias, a native Australian fish endemic to Victoria, has declined dramatically over the last 100 years, with populations now only found in a small upland area of central Victoria. To compound the drop in numbers, these fish are also at risk of stochastic events such as the 2009...

End of the drought for our parched platypuses

10 Feb 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

Melbourne hit above average rainfall in 2010 for the first time in 13 years and with relatively high platypus catch rates it appears that our local platypuses are happy about it! As part of the Melbourne Water Urban Platypus Program, cesar implemented a series of platypus surveys during Spring 2010...

A decline in population numbers for the evasive platypus

01 Jan 2011 | Filed under wildlife ecology

Fifteen years of platypus surveys has indicated an overall decline in platypus numbers in many locations throughout greater Melbourne. cesar has conducted intensive biannual platypus surveys and collated catch rates from other historical surveys dating back to 1995.