Demise of the dingo

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.

Aim: 
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
Key Results: 
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.
Treatments: 
Baiting/lethal control
Response: 
lethal dingo control programs could increase shrub encroachment
Models: 
Frequentist
Reviewer: 
Aaron Greenville
Locations: 
Strzelecki Desert
Response variable : 
shrub cover
Replication: 
91 sites
Ecosystem: 
arid
Full Reference: 
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.