Dr Ian Mansergh
has been investigating natural systems in the Australian alps (and other regions of Victoria) with emphasis on vertebrate fauna, broader biodiversity, land-use and climate change as part of his work at Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and published over 70 scientific and land management papers and reports.

Dr Mansergh was an independent scientific expert on evaluation of Kosciuszko Plan of Management (2004) and evaluation of the 2003 alpine fires in NSW (Gill et al 2003). Currently he is a scientific investigator in the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX – ARC Melbourne University).

He has extensive experience on Australia’s only sub-alpine –alpine restricted mammal (Burramys parvus). Produced the first science based management plan, and the acclaimed “Tunnel of Love” for the species (Mansergh and Scott, 1989, see global scientific value in corridor research Van Rees et al. 2005). This research is the longest continuous, annual monitoring of any small mammal in Australia contributing to science and conservation knowledge over decades (e.g. zoology, genetics, climate change, land-use and effects of alpine fires). Currently he is involved with others in the “genetic rescue” of the Burramys population at Mt Buller. Ian was also amongst the first to use bio-climate modelling for alpine species (and a suite of fauna species in south east Australia).

Contact Ian by email at ian.mansergh@dse.vic.gov.au.