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The roles of statistical inference and historical sources in understanding landscape change: the case of feral buffalo in the freshwater floodplains of Kakadu National Park

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Bowman, DMJS and Prior, LD and Williamson, GJ (2010) The roles of statistical inference and historical sources in understanding landscape change: the case of feral buffalo in the freshwater floodplains of Kakadu National Park. Journal of Biogeography, 37 (1). pp. 195-199. ISSN 0305-0270

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Abstract

The statistical analysis of Bowman et al. (Journal of Biogeography, 2008, 35, 1976–1988) revealed the weak relationship between the rate of woody cover encroachment onto the freshwater floodplains in the central section of Kakadu National Park (KNP) over a 40-year period and estimates of proximate water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) density. The analysis relied on detailed mapping of buffalo tracks, the best historical record of spatial variation of buffalo density in KNP. In their reply, Petty & Werner (Journal of Biogeography, 2009) prefer to privilege an amalgam of historical sources to claim that buffalo removal is the primary driver of the woody expansion on floodplains. The contrasting weight placed on data analysis and differences of interpretation underscore a tension between statistically based historical ecology approaches and environmental history narratives, a tension that forms part of the broader cultural clash between the Sciences and Humanities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Aerial photography, Australia, Bubalus bubalis, buffalo, environmental history,feral animal impacts , historical ecology, landscape change, monsoon tropics, woody vegetation dynamics
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Biogeography
Page Range: pp. 195-199
ISSN: 0305-0270
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02244.x
Additional Information: The original publication is available at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2010 23:35
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:08
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/9552
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