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Ecological aspects of biosecurity surveillance design for the detection of multiple invasive animal species

Jarrad, Frith C., Barrett, Susan, Murray, Justine, Stoklosa, Richard, Whittle, Peter, & Mengersen, Kerrie L. (2010) Ecological aspects of biosecurity surveillance design for the detection of multiple invasive animal species. Biological Invasions, 13(4), pp. 803-818.

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Abstract

Complex surveillance problems are common in biosecurity, such as prioritizing detection among multiple invasive species, specifying risk over a heterogeneous landscape, combining multiple sources of surveillance data, designing for specified power to detect, resource management, and collateral effects on the environment. Moreover, when designing for multiple target species, inherent biological differences among species result in different ecological models underpinning the individual surveillance systems for each. Species are likely to have different habitat requirements, different introduction mechanisms and locations, require different methods of detection, have different levels of detectability, and vary in rates of movement and spread. Often there is a further challenge of a lack of knowledge, literature, or data, for any number of the above problems. Even so, governments and industry need to proceed with surveillance programs which aim to detect incursions in order to meet environmental, social and political requirements. We present an approach taken to meet these challenges in one comprehensive and statistically powerful surveillance design for non-indigenous terrestrial vertebrates on Barrow Island, a high conservation nature reserve off the Western Australian coast. Here, the possibility of incursions is increased due to construction and expanding industry on the island. The design, which includes mammals, amphibians and reptiles, provides a complete surveillance program for most potential terrestrial vertebrate invaders. Individual surveillance systems were developed for various potential invaders, and then integrated into an overall surveillance system which meets the above challenges using a statistical model and expert elicitation. We discuss the ecological basis for the design, the flexibility of the surveillance scheme, how it meets the above challenges, design limitations, and how it can be updated as data are collected as a basis for adaptive management.

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ID Code: 41237
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Alien-invasive species, Expert elicitation, island ecosystems, biosecurity, statistical designs
DOI: 10.1007/s10530-010-9870-0
ISSN: 1387-3547
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ECOLOGY (060200) > Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2011 08:11
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:38

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