Conservation Ecology

The Conservation Ecology Program carries out research that underpins conservation management, providing knowledge and tools to manage threats to Australia’s native biodiversity. The program focusses on how terrestrial populations, communities and ecosystems function; their response to changes brought about by processes such as land transformation, the spread of alien species, and changes to climate, fire and nutrient cycles; and how this understanding can be applied to most effectively manage or mitigate those impacts.

Highlighted Projects

The Piku Project: community-led conservation

The pig-nosed turtle is important to the people of the Kikori region because of the value placed on its meat and eggs for food. Many turtles and eggs are eaten in the villages where they are caught or collected. Many are sold or traded through the markets and the monies used to purchase other foods

The hidden life of the common snake-necked turtle

Possibly our most well-studied turtle, yet radio-tracking is yielding many surprises on its secret terrestrial sojourns. Funded by the VC Scholarship Scheme.