Invertebrates

​Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment

Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 12 June 2019.

Applicant: Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Species/Taxon: Soil mites, springtails and nematodes

Location: Furneaux islands, Tasmania (reserved / crown land)

Title of research: Phylogeography of Antarctic Soil Invertebrates

Aim of project: Understand the factors influencing distribution and diversity of belowground invertebrates

Justification:
This project will highlight the principle factors as to how soil invertebrate diversity can be maintained and monitored following climate change and ecosystem fragmentation. It will provide a baseline for soil biodiversity that when compared with Antarctic samples provide a robust comparison for evolutionary rates.

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: Unknown numbers of tiny soil invertebrates.

Activities undertaken and methods: Soil cores (0-10cm in depth) will be extracted using a soil corer at each location.

Fate of animals: Extraction and DNA Sequencing

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch): Negligible

Contact

Scientific Research Permits
Natural Values Conservation Branch
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Email: Scientific.Permits@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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