Does our restoration work really nudge evolution along and strengthen ecological resilience?
Photo of Steve Hopper in the Porongurup Range courtesy of the Green Skills Gondwana Panorama exhibition.
In another new initiative for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link, an Australian Research Council Linkage grant of $400,000 has been awarded to a consortium led by Professor Steve Hopper, from the University of WA Albany, along with Dr’s Dave Coates, Margaret Byrne and Melissa Miller from Department of Parks and Wildlife, and Dr Sieggy Krauss from the WA Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. We are delighted that these leading researchers will be focusing on the great restoration work that has been undertaken over the past 12 years. This project will compare reproductive output, pollinator behaviour, mating, genetic diversity and pollen dispersal between restored sites and existing habitats. This work will move our measures of restoration success beyond that of population establishment and survival to incorporate the evolutionary processes that provide long-term resilience and functional integration of restored populations.