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Mr Michael Thomas Main

Overview of thesis

An investigation into the spatial distribution, habitat selection and resource usage of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) inhabiting urban reserves within the Perth Metropolitan Area.

Remnant vegetation occurring in cities is an important refuge for wildlife inhabiting urban environments. However, fragmentation and other debilitating processes associated with urbanisation can predispose wildlife occurring in these reserves to predation by invasive carnivores. The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has been instrumental in the decline of Australia's biodiversity and is present in almost every region, including cities and urban areas. Kings Park and Bold Park are two A-class reserves persisting in the inner Perth metropolitan area, and are managed to conserve biodiversity. As a key threat to vertebrate fauna, it is a priority that action be taken to reduce the threat of foxes to native fauna inhabiting urban reserves. Little is known about how the landscape characteristics of urban environments influence the movement and spatial distribution of foxes. It is also unknown whether foxes are occupying different habitats within the reserves, or are using them as corridors to move between habitats and resources. In this study, I will determine how urbanisation has influenced the spatial distribution and habitat selection by foxes occurring within and around urban reserves. By investigating movement patterns, ranging behaviours and resource selection of urban foxes, I will gain a greater understanding of how urban environments influence their ecology and behaviour, and potentially aid future monitoring and management programs.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Conservation and Wildlife Biology), Edith Cowan University (2013-2016).

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Mr Michael Main
Masters by Research Student
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science
Mobile: 0427099134
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