Demise of the dingo

Letnic M. & Koch F. (2010) Are dingoes a trophic regulator in arid Australia? A comparison of mammal communities on either side of the dingo fence. Austral Ecology 35, 167-75.

Aim: 
Investigate the effect of dingo exclusion on mammal communities, by comparing mammal assemblages where dingoes were present and absent.
Type of Study: 
Manipulative experiment
Key Results: 
Kangaroos and red foxes were more abundant in the absence of dingoes while Rabbits and the Dusky Hopping-mouse Notomys fuscus were less abundant where dingoes were absent.
Treatments: 
Dingo control vs un-controlled properties
Response: 
Maintaining or restoring populations of dingoes may be useful strategies to mitigate the impacts of mesopredators and overgrazing by herbivores
Models: 
MDS, ANOSIM, SIMPER
Reviewer: 
Aaron Greenville
Locations: 
Strzelecki Desert
Response variable : 
index of abundance.
Replication: 
3-4 spotlight surveys, each 10-20 km for each sub-site.
Ecosystem: 
Arid zone
Full Reference: 
Letnic M. & Koch F. (2010) Are dingoes a trophic regulator in arid Australia? A comparison of mammal communities on either side of the dingo fence. Austral Ecology 35, 167-75.