Christine's research has examined the effects of climate change on the distribution of the koala and its eucalyptus food resources.She is currently developing models of potential high priority habitat for koala conservation.
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A report claims koalas are 'functionally extinct' – but what does that mean?
Today the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe "there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia", making the species "functionally extinct". While this number is dramatically lower than the most recent academic estimates, there's no doubt koala numbers in many places are in steep decline. It's hard to say exactly how many koalas are still remaining in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, but they are highly vulnerable to threats including...Read more on The Conversation
Fuzzy words endanger koalas' lives and habitat
It was a breath of fresh air when, in 2012, the federal government listed koalas as being "vulnerable" in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory under national environment law. It was an essential step towards arresting the alarming decline of koalas in eastern Australia in recent years. But koalas are not yet out of the...Read more on The Conversation
The koala in the coalmine
If we need an indicator that climate change is upon us, we need look no further than Australia's koala. The koala family (Phascolarctidae) has existed in Australia for tens of millions of years, yet in a mere evolutionary blink of 200 years, this unique Australian marsupial is declining significantly in many areas of its natural range. Koalas are highly vulnerable to unprecedented heatwaves and just like humans, they suffer from heat stress and dehydration in extreme temperatures. Bushfires such as the [Coonabarabran...Read more on The Conversation
The vulnerable koala: are we in time to save our national icon?
This week, the Australian Government listed several koala populations as "vulnerable", giving them special protection. As a koala researcher and conservation planner, I am most impressed with Minister Burke’s decision. It demonstrates that the government has respected and acknowledged the substantial body of peer-reviewed scientific advice that was provided and concluded that the alarming decline in koala numbers in Queensland and...Read more on The Conversation
Koalas, people and climate change: not a good mix
On 22 September, a Senate inquiry released its report, The koala - saving our national icon. The inquiry made 19 recommendations, and called for more funding for koala research. The environment minister is now considering whether to list the species as threatened. Think back to the summer of 2008-2009. Surprised residents found wild koalas appearing in their gardens displaying abnormal behaviour. Koalas were trying to climb into swimming pools,...Read more on The Conversation