Are foxes invasive feral vermin, or simply introduced? When shrub cover increases, should we describe the process as shrub encroachment, invasion, expansion or woody thickening? Does it make a difference if the shrub species is indigenous?
In a paper now available in Austral Ecology early view, we looked at associations between native mammal occurrence and Yarra Burgan Kunzea leptospermoides canopy cover in a eucalypt forest.
Our findings made us wonder how much terminology might influence decision-making, even by scientists. Read more at Bron’s blog or download the paper.