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
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