A survey of long-term terrestrial ecology studies in Australia
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Austral Ecology © 2012 Ecological Society of Australia
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 365–373, June 2013
How to Cite
YOUNGENTOB, K. N., LIKENS, G. E., WILLIAMS, J. E. and LINDENMAYER, D. B. (2013), A survey of long-term terrestrial ecology studies in Australia. Austral Ecology, 38: 365–373. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02421.x
- Issue published online: 14 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2012
- Accepted for publication May 2012.
- ecological research;
- landscape management;
Long-term ecological studies (LTES) are critical for understanding and managing landscapes. To identify important research gaps, facilitate collaborations and communicate results, several countries have established long-term ecological research networks. A few initiatives to create such a network in Australia have been undertaken, but relatively few published data exist on the current state of LTES in Australia. In this paper, we present the results of an online survey of terrestrial LTES projects sent to academic, government and non-governmental organization-based researchers across Australia. We asked questions pertaining to the focus, scope, support and outcomes of LTES spanning 7 years or longer. Based on the information reported from 85 Australian LTES, we: (i) identify the biomes, processes and species that are under-represented in the current body of research; (ii) discuss important contributing factors to the successful development and survival of these projects; and (iii) make recommendations to help increase the productivity and influence of LTES across research, management and policy sectors.