Publications

Steve Phillips
Abstract:

This is a presentation that formed the basis of a 2016 seminar at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Hosted by Prof. Peter Timms, the intent of the presentation was to examine some of the ecological data from areas supporting 'diseased' koala populations, aspects of which are contrary to what me might otherwise expect to see if disease per se was a key driving force of koala population decline.

Steve Phillips
Australian Mammalogy 38, 158 - 163.
Abstract:

The effects of short-term disturbances that result in changes to movement patterns and/or behavior of wildlife are poorly understood. In this study movements of seven koalas were monitored before, during and after a 5-day music festival event. Aversive behavior in the form of evacuation of known ranging areas was demonstrated by three koalas that had core areas within 525 m of the approximate centre of the festival area, the associated responses comprising movements that were perpendicular to and away from staging areas where music was played.

A bit about us......

We have been successfully working with community, the development industry and all levels of government for more than 15 years. We apply high ethical and professional standards, striving for scientifically objective and data driven outcomes based on informed threatened species management, biodiversity conservation and the underlying principles and objectives of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

Current projects

2017

We have been contracted by Lismore City Council to both design a long-term koala population monitoring program and provide a koala population estimate for the area covered by their approved Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management.  Lismore has one of the highest disease-mediated koala mortality rates of coastal NSW, yet koala numbers appear to remain quite high. This will be the first time an estimate of the size of the local population has been undertaken; the work is being done as a component of an ARC funded project directed by Prof.