New approaches to sustainable forest management, 2014

New approaches to sustainable forest management - a collaboration with UTas, University of Melbourne and VicForests with funding from the Australian Research Council through their linkage grants scheme. The research from this project will help us manage for the twin objectives of wood production and biodiversity. Advanced methods in decision-analysis and next-generation technologies for monitoring biodiversity will be brought together for the first time to clarify the rationale of management and measure how well that management is meeting these twin objectives.

This Project will identify underlying patterns and processes determining how forest biodiversity is distributed and use this information to develop decision models to underpin sustainable forest management plans. Existing and new evidence will be used, the latter derived from three innovative approaches for more efficient and cost-effective biodiversity assessment: remote sensing of plants, next generation DNA technology of beetles and analysis of acoustic recording of birds.