Demise of the dingo

Colman N. J., Crowther M. S. & Letnic M. (2015) Macroecological patterns in mammal abundances provide evidence that an apex predator shapes forest ecosystems by suppressing herbivore and mesopredator abundance. J. Biogeogr. 42, 1975-85.

Aim: 
To test predictions on the direct and indirect effects of apex predators on mammals and vegetation generated from trophic cascade theory and the mesopredator release hypothesis
Type of Study: 
correlational with no pre-determined gradient or contrast
Key Results: 
Direct suppressive effects of the dingo on macropods and foxes occur simultaneously, but that their indirect effects on lower trophic levels are comparatively weak
Treatments: 
NA
Response: 
Suppression of dingo abundances may have unintended flow-on effects on forest ecosystems
Models: 
Frequentist
Reviewer: 
Aaron Greenville
Locations: 
South-eastern NSW
Response variable : 
medium mammal, small mammal, red fox, feral cat counts
Replication: 
44 sites
Ecosystem: 
Forest
Full Reference: 
Colman N. J., Crowther M. S. & Letnic M. (2015) Macroecological patterns in mammal abundances provide evidence that an apex predator shapes forest ecosystems by suppressing herbivore and mesopredator abundance. J. Biogeogr. 42, 1975-85.