Survey approach to detecting terrestrial vertebrates in mangrove forests

My global review showed the dearth of field surveys that have left significant gaps in our understanding of the richness and ecological roles of terrestrial vertebrates in mangrove ecosystems. To remedy this gap, I developed a novel approach to detect mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that overcomes the many the survey challenges in this frequently innundated habitat. My work supports future research on terrestrial fauna in mangroves, which is critically important to a holistic understanding of these habitats that hold both marine as well as terrestrial biodiversity features.

Survey region and approach

survey sites


I evaluated the approach at 10 sampling sites across temperate, subtropical and tropical  mangrove forests along the eastern seaboard of Australia. This video shows the execution of the surveys and -always the most exciting- some of the species I found.




A manuscript on the effectiveness and efficiency of the approach is currently under review at Forest Ecology and Management: A novel survey approach to detecting terrestrial vertebrates in flooded forests. If you like to receive a draft, please let me know!

Species detected

The rapid assessments revealed 42 species previously unknown to occupy mangroves in Australia and reveal a range of management issues associated with threatened and invasive species not previously known to managers. Let me know if you like to receive the draft version of the manuscript Rapid field surveys of terrestrial vertebrates provide information crucial for effective conservation of mangrove ecosystems! It is finalized and ready to be submitted this January.

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