SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

SWIFFT - State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams
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Golden Plains Shire
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Wimmera Catchment Management Authority
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Biodiversity research


This page provides information on biodiversity research projects. If you are aware of a current research program or you are conducting research in Victoria or adjoining areas that involves or has implications for threatened species, communities or their habitats, please contact SWIFFT to list the project here.


Current research

Project: Southern Australian Sea Turtle

Relevant threatened species: leatherback turtleloggerhead turtle, flatback turtle, green turtle, olive ridley turtle and hawksbill turtle. The project aims to determine what drives the occurrence of sea turtles off the coast of southern Australia. 

Location: southern Australian region.

Body conducting researchThe project is being developed by Deakin University’s Professor Graeme Hays and Dr Margie Morrice. They are collaborating with southern Australian marine fauna researchers and database managers. Community observations welcome.

Contact for further information: Southern Australian Sea Turtle

Project: Wombat State Forest Project

Relevant threatened species: Forest Fauna. The sites (each 1 hectare) were established in 2006.

Location: Wombat State Forest

Body conducting researchWombat Forestcare (initial research in partnership with the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental research)

Contact for further information: Gayle Osborne info@wombatforestcare.org.au

Project: Blue Whale research

Relevant threatened species: Blue Whale

Location:South West Victoria (Cape Otway to Eyre Peninsula, South Australia), November to May.

Body conducting research:Whale Ecology Group - Deakin University, Warrnambool 

Contact for further information: Peter Gill, Whale Ecology Group, Deakin University, Warrnambool Blue Whale Study 

Topic of research: The impact of severe wildfire on small mammals Grampians National Park case study

Relevant threatened species: Small mammals

Location: Grampians National Park

Body conducting research: Contact Mike Stevens, Grampians National Park

Project: Eastern Grey Kangaroo research - this project commenced in 2004 and is still active.

Relevant threatened species: This project not only has implications for the ecology of Kangaroo populations (which are not threatened) but also the impact they have on ecological processes and implications for many species of threatened flora and fauna.

Location: Anglesea, Victoria

Body conducting research: Post-graduate students and academic staff from the Department of Zoology, The University of Melbourne.

Contact: kangaroos-contact@unimelb.edu.au 

Further information: ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the protection of flora and fauna)


Project: Millipededs of south-west Victoria

Relevant threatened species: None listed yet

Location: The entire SWIFFT area

Body conducting research:

Contact for further information: Dr Bob Mesibov, PO Box 101, Penguin TAS 7316 

Project: Grassy Ecosystem Research Initiative

Relevant threatened species: Native Grassland communities

Location: Volcanic Plains, Chepstowe, Illabarook Recreation Reserve,

Body conducting research: Dept. of Botany, La Trobe University,

Contact for further information: Dr John Morgan

See also: Lowland and Grassy Ecosystems Research Initiative

Project: Long-term Ecological Grazing Project (LTEG)

Relevant threatened species: Native Grassland

Location: Volcanic Plains, Birregurra, Darlington, Hamilton

Body conducting research: Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI), PlainsTender and Grain&Graze

Contact for further information: Heidi Zimmer (ARI) 94508600

See also: Long Term Ecological Grazing Project – research results to date

Topic: Fire ecology Long-nosed Potaroo and Southern Brown Bandicoot project

Relevant threatened species: Long-nosed Potoroo and Southern Brown Bandicoot

Location: Glenelg and Otway regions, 2009-2011

Contact for further information: Justine Smith, via Richard Hill 03 55542302


Topic: Grassy Groundcover Research Project

Relevant threatened species: Native grassland communities

Location: 13 sites across 5 CMA regions

Body conducting research: Greening Australia (Victoria) and Melbourne University

Contact for further information: Grassy Groundcover Project 

Topic: Determining appropriate ecological fire regimes to manage faunal biodiversity in large tracts of the Southwest Heathy Woodlands of Victoria

Relevant threatened species: Focus on small mammals, herpetofauna, insects. Production of ecological burning strategies for West Wimmera woodlands by 2009

Location: West Wimmera woodlands

Body conducting research: Melbourne University & DEPI

Contact for further information: Richard Hill, DSE Casterton (03) 5554 2302

Topic: Habitat 141 research

Location: Western Victoria

Body conducting research: organised via Parks Victoria

Contact for further information: Dr Liz Dalgleish, Strategic Policy Officer - Parks Division, 0407 349 152

Topic: Brolga Research Project

Relevant threatened species: Brolga

Location: South-west Victoria

Body conducting research: Project leader, Inka Veltheim, University of Ballarat

Contact for further information: Victorian brolga study  also South-west Victoria brolga research

Topic: Wildlife Health Surveillance Victoria

Relevant threatened species: Any sick or diseased native fauna

Location: Across Victoria

Contact for further information: Pam Whiteley 0400 119 301 Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne, Werribee.

Topic: Ancient Greenling project

Relevant threatened species: Ancient Greenling Damselfly and any other threatened spp

Location: South-west region, Wilsons Promontory, Goulburn River floodplain wetlands (Victoria)

Body conducting research: Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Sustainability and Environment

Contact for further information: Di Crowther, 0394508613, ARI, DSE Heidelberg

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