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Welcome to our second edition

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The Learning Landscape eBulletin aims to share and apply our collective knowledge of this exceptional part of the world. It showcases current and emerging Wet Tropics research and related management and policy issues. We hope you enjoy this second edition and would love to hear your feedback, including ideas for future issues.

Click below to read a summary of all the interesting stories in this second edition
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Mountain mistfrog Photographer: Mike Trenerry
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Irreplaceable and outstanding

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Atherton antechinus Photographer: Scott Burnett/Bruce Thompson
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The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area was ranked the second most irreplaceable natural World Heritage site and the sixth overall in global irreplaceability in a new international analysis for the IUCN.

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Missing frogs make a comeback

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A sole population of the armoured mistfrog was rediscovered on the Carbine Tableland, 20 years after the species was thought to be extinct. JCU researchers have now successfully moved 40 frogs to a new site to help ensure their future survival.
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Armoured mistfrog (Litoria lorica) Photographer: Conrad Hoskin
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All things aquatic

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Our freshwater streams and wetlands and their aquatic animals and ecosystems are the focus of the latest State of the Wet Tropics Report (2012-2013).
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Mount Lewis crayfish (Euastocus Fleckeri) Photographer: Wet Tropics Images/Mike Trenerry
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Happy anniversaries

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Last year marked the 50th anniversary for a number of seminal tropical rainforest research organisations.

Their longevity has had huge benefits for rainforest research.
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Cutting the cake - 25th anniversary of the WHA Photographer: Deanna Belbin
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Don't lose the plot

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The Connell plots in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area clearly show the value of long term monitoring to learn about rainforest dynamics and succession and to help foster further research.
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TERN site tower at Robson's Creek Photographer: Campbell Clarke
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Decisions, decisions - conserving species under climate change

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Ecological systems face significant threats from climate change, and the need for effective responses has become a major conservation management challenge.
The Wet Tropics is particularly at risk. Which species will be under most threat, and where must they move in order to avoid extinction?

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Lemuroid possum Photographer: Mike Trenerry
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Mozzies move in on rainforest edges

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Scientists have shown that rainforest disturbance affects mosquito populations. Grasslands and rainforest edges have increased mosquito abundance and diversity.
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Dean Jones and Dr Susan Laurance sampling mosquitoes Photographer: Andrew McKeown (CSIRO)
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In this edition

Irreplaceable and outstanding
Missing frogs make a comeback
All things aquatic
Happy anniversaries
Don't lose the plot
Decisions, decisions - conserving species under climate change
Mozzies move in on rainforest edges
Guest editorial - make decisions based on knowledge
Postgrad Profile - Wondering about Alice
Policy snapshot February 2014
In the news - February 2014
Rainforest research update February 2014
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Guest editorial - make decisions based on knowledge



Research has always been essential to inform World Heritage management.
Peter Hitchcock AM
World Heritage Advisor (Former WTMA Executive Director)

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Postgrad Profile

Alice Buhrich received a 2013 Student Research Grant from the Wet Tropics Management Authority to study carved trees in the central Wet Tropics. Alice aims to understand the long term preservation needs of the carvings and how they were affected by Cyclones Larry and Yasi.
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Policy snapshot February 2014

Recent government policy developments relevant to the Wet Tropics.
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In the news - February 2014

Recent news about tropical research issues for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
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Rainforest research update February 2014

National and global rainforest research relevant to the Wet Tropics.
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