A model to aid invasive species management

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We worked with Parks Victoria, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service to develop a new tool to assist cost–effective decision–making in the management of invasive species.

The SPADE tool (Spatial Population Abundance Dynamics Engine) is a spatially–specific model that predicts the spread of invasive species based on an understanding of habitat suitability, the biology of the species, and estimates of current population size.

The tool runs on a standard desk–top computer or laptop. It can incorporate different target densities in different landscape zones, and compare the costs and benefits of alternative management methods. Its ability to model the movement of animals and diseases over large areas provides managers with a powerful means of exploring the likely outcome of different management interventions, decades into the future.

We are initially using the tool to examine the likely distribution and density of wild horses in the Australian Alps and fallow deer in Tasmania, and exploring its potential to model the invasive plant species, Hawkweed.

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Type of Publication Miscellaneous
Year of Publication 2014
Authors Beeton NJ, Gaynor S
This page was last updated on October 22, 2014