Can trophic cascades triggered by the extirpation of Australia’s largest terrestrial predator, the dingo (Canis dingo), could be a driver of shrub encroachment in the Strzelecki Desert, Australia
Type of Study:
Pre-existing contrasts ("natural experiment") and Manipulative experiment
Suppression of an apex predator may lead to the historic encroachment of shrubs. Trophic cascades induced by apex predator extirpation may be an overlooked driver of shrub encroachment.
lethal dingo control programs could increase shrub encroachment
Response variable :
Gordon C. E., Eldridge D. J., Ripple W. J., Crowther M. S., Moore B. D. & Letnic M. (2017) Shrub encroachment is linked to extirpation of an apex predator. J. Anim. Ecol. 86, 147-57.