Demise of the dingo

Wallach AD, Dekker AH, Lurgi M, Montoya JM, Fordham DA, Ritchie EG (2016) Trophic cascades in 3D: network analysis reveals how apex predators structure ecosystems. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8: 135-142

Aim: 
To examine how dingoes shape ecosystem structure in an Australian arid ecosystem
Type of Study: 
Modelling
Key Results: 
Under strong dingo influence, network structure was denser and more complex (top-down driven). Under dingo control network structure was frayed, with mesopredator predation and grazing becaoming prominent.
Treatments: 
Controlled/un-controlled
Response: 
Network analysis can be a powerful tool for elucidating potential ecosystem-wide effects of dingoes and predicting the consequences of their control
Models: 
Network models
Reviewer: 
Euan Ritchie
Locations: 
NA
Replication: 
NA
Ecosystem: 
Arid
Full Reference: 
Wallach AD, Dekker AH, Lurgi M, Montoya JM, Fordham DA, Ritchie EG (2016) Trophic cascades in 3D: network analysis reveals how apex predators structure ecosystems. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8: 135-142