Publications

Steve Phillips
Australian Mammology
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.

Steve Phillips, Cheyne Flanagan, Tracey Wilson and Che Phillips
Technical Report
Abstract:

Timber is one of the few truly renewable resources and plantation-grown Australian hardwoods make a significant contribution to the lessening of impacts on biodiversity values in areas of native forest. Unfortunately, koalas residing or otherwise making use of Southern Blue Gum plantations in Victoria and South Australia are being injured or killed during tree-felling operations. This document promotes a Code of Practice (CoP) by which koala populations making significant use of plantation areas can be more sustainably managed.

A bit about us......

We have been working with community, the development industry and all levels of government for more than 15 years. We apply high ethical and professional standards to our work, 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

2016

On behalf of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads we are working alongside several other consultancies on the experimental design and implementation of a koala connectivity monitoring program for the Moreton Bay Rail Project between Petrie and Kippa-Ring in SE Queensland. The new rail line includes a range of underpass structures that will be monitored to evaluate their suitability for koalas using techniques such as GPS and radio-tracking, Wireless Identification Devices, trail cameras and thermal imaging cameras.