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

Mating into extinction

An unexpected catch in the waters of the Running River sparked research into the potential extinction of the Running River rainbow fish. In 2015 IAE Dr Peter Unmack and Curator of Fishes at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Dr Michael Hammer, were sampling for the usually supremely abundant Running River Rainbowfish.


Adding “family trees” to eucalypt conservation

Climate change will not only impact eucalypt distribution in Australia, but phylogenetic diversity (or “family trees”) as well. A startling 596 out of 657 of eucalypt species are predicted to loose suitable climate niches by 2085 according to work conducted by Dr Carlos González-Orozco and Dr Bernd Gruber of the IAE, in collaboration with a


UC project to save Central Australian waterholes

23 September 2016: A new University of Canberra project aims to repair damage to waterholes in Central Australia which have been devastated by feral animals such as camels roaming the country. The University’s Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC-CIRI) has provided $100,000 funding over two years for the project which will be carried out by the


Quality not just quantity – Why stemming deforestation in the Amazon isn’t enough

Most people would consider policies designed to conserve 80% forest cover in the Amazon to be a success story. However, these forests may lose up to 54% of their potential conservation value from human disturbances in modified landscapes and within the remaining forest. The IAE’s Professor Ralph Mac Nally and a team of international scientists


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