The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) undertakes world class research to improve our understanding of the environment, and enhance decision-making for natural resource management and sustainable development.

We have a reputation for world class research with an applied focus, and engage with on-ground managers and policy makers to solve environmental problems.

The IAE:

  • Carries out quality research independently and in partnership.
  • Provides technical advice to private and public sector partners on environmental issues.
  • Brokers the creation of interdisciplinary teams to address major environmental research needs.
  • Develops the next generation of environmental scientists through Honours, PhD, and early career training and mentoring programs.

We have specialist expertise in conservation biology, genetics, freshwater ecology, landscape modelling and environmental chemistry. The inter-disciplinary nature of the IAE, combined with a culture of external engagement, provides the ideal basis for carrying out innovative solutions-focussed environmental science.

The Institute undertakes broadly based environmental research across four interrelated science themes:

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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.