Our Core Purpose
The Institute for Applied Ecology’s core purpose is to undertake high quality research which improves our understanding of the environment to enhance decision-making for natural resource management and sustainable development.
The Institute undertakes broadly based environmental research across four interrelated science programs:
The four science programs work together, and through an extensive network of collaborators to identify research priorities aligned with opportunities to create knowledge as well as meeting policy and management needs. Each program supports a portfolio of research activity that builds on an understanding of fundamental processes, to make key data, and information available for policy development and management decision-making. In many cases, this approach produces unique and innovative methods and tools that have the potential to dramatically improve our ability to protect the environment, while supporting its sustainable use.