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Research Article

Potential ‘Ecological Traps’ of Restored Landscapes: Koalas Phascolarctos cinereus Re-Occupy a Rehabilitated Mine Site

  • Romane H. Cristescu,

    Affiliations: School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Kensington NSW, Australia, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia

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  • Peter B. Banks,

    Affiliations: School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Kensington NSW, Australia, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney NSW, Australia

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  • Frank N. Carrick,

    Affiliation: Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia

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  • Céline Frère

    Affiliation: Centre for Ecology and Conservation, The University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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  • Published: November 25, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080469

About the Authors

Romane H. Cristescu, Peter B. Banks
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Kensington NSW, Australia
Romane H. Cristescu, Frank N. Carrick
Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia
Peter B. Banks
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney NSW, Australia
Céline Frère
Centre for Ecology and Conservation, The University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

Sibelco Australia - Mineral Sand supported this research through the ongoing provision of logistical support, access to company sites and relevant maps/databases. There are no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RC PB FC CF. Performed the experiments: RC. Analyzed the data: RC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RC. Wrote the paper: RC PB FC CF.