Our new paper, “Linking trophic cascades to changes in desert dune geomorphology using high-resolution drone data” is out now in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
This paper, led by Mitch Lyons, details how the trophic cascade induced by removal of the dingo from the “inside” of the dingo fence in eastern Australia has resulted in shifts in the mammal communities, which in turn has led to increased shrubs. Shrubs have a major role in shaping sand dunes, so their increase means that where there are no dingoes there are taller, more variable, more stable sand dunes.
A diagram of how shrubs change the flow of wind-borne particles is at the end of this piece (image credit to Mitch Lyons).
The paper has been very well received, with coverage by:
The Atlantic (by Emma Marris): “Dingoes have changes the actual shape of the Australian desert”