How can human populations be sustained on the planet, while at the same time ensuring other species and ecosystems remain functionally important and are not driven to extinction?
- Integrated sustainability: economics, population density, resource consumption
- Ecologically sustainable food production systems (aquaculture, fish, agriculture)
- Conservation policy
- Blue Carbon and ecosystem services
- Engaging society with nature (media, citizen science, education, benefits for human health)
Find a CIE researcher in this theme (A to Z):
Dr Alecia Bellgrove | Prof Andy Bennett | Ange Pestell | Anne Canelle Eichholtzer | Dr Antoine Dujon | Ashley Whitt | A/Prof Bill Borrie | Billy Geary | Alfred Deakin Prof Brett Bryan | Dr Chloe Sato | Prof Don Driscoll | A/Prof Emily Nicholson | Dr Enayat A. Moallemi | Dr Eric Treml | Erlania (Ellyn) | A/Prof Euan Ritchie | Dr Fjalar de Haan | Prof Graeme Hays | Huanbi Yue | Jaya Kelvin | Jingyu Lin | Jinzhu WANG | Dr Kate Watermeyer | Katrina Szetey | Dr Kay Critchell | A/Prof Kelly Miller | Krista Bonfantine | Marco Calderon | Dr Maria Palacios | Dr Martino E. Malerba | Dr Mary Young | Dr Michalis Hadjikakou | Dr Micheli Duarte de Paula Costa | Mohammad Abdullah Shaikh | Muhammad Jawad Jilani | Dr Mylene Mariette | Nick Taylor | Dr Paul Carnell | Dr Paul Tixier | Dr Pawel Waryszak | A/Prof Peter Biro | A/Prof Peter Macreadie | Prahlad Lamichhane | Reihaneh Bandari | Roberto M. Venegas | Sarah Treby | Dr Scarlett Howard | Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett | Simone Stevenson | Sundara Mawalagedera | Thiruchenduran Somasundaram | Prof Thomas Madsen | Vanessa Skrzypczyk | Yakupjan (Yakup) Niyazi | A/Prof Zhifeng Liu |
Exploration of the unique and diverse temperate Australian marine flora for sustainable food, fibre and health benefits. Working with industry to develop a sustainable seaweed industry for southeastern Australia
and mitigate carbon emissions.
Conservation of waterbirds and parrots.
Data from my studies will be used by land managers to inform conservation policies relating to fire management and invasive animal management. Camera trap data will also be used to educate the
community, particularly citizen scientists, on the benefits of shared technology to improve our understanding of the natural world.
There is no doubt that ‘citizen science’ is bringing a lot to science by allowing larger scale projects to take form – both spatially and temporally -, thanks to the implication of non-professional scientists. My research will seek to
investigate the potential environmental, health and economic benefits of ‘biodiversity-oriented citizen science’ on citizens themselves: do they value nature more? Is their participation impacting their well-being? Is it influencing their pro-environmental behaviour outside of the project? This study is anticipated to help us gain a better understanding of conservationists, their motivations, as well as potential ‘buy-in’ points for citizens less engaged in conservation matters. Improved awareness of the benefits of citizen science will also help promote such initiatives.
Obtain insights on the effect of cancer in marine species of economical and cultural importance.
Ashley worked on the Blue Carbon Lab’s team that contributed to Mapping Ocean Wealth Australia project. Mapping Ocean Wealth brought an understanding of social and economic benefits of local coastal wetlands in
order to enhance their importance across decision making levels.
Environmental policy, planning and management with an emphasis on nature conservation, National Parks and protected areas. Conservation social scientist with a specific focus on human-nature relationships,
pro-environmental behavior, and quality visitor experiences. Valuation of nature, including intrinsic values, ecosystem services, and cultural services such as spiritual, recreational, and cultural benefits.
My research aims to feed into the development of conservation policy and decision science for conservation.
Our lab is called Planet-A Sustainability Science (see link below) – Integrated sustainability: economics, population density, resource consumption and production. Ecologically sustainable food systems (aquaculture,
Exploring how ecosystem risk assessments, and indicators used within these assessments, can be used to inform conservation policy and sustainable land management at global, national and regional scales.
Our research extends into conservation policy, with contributions on invasive pasture grasses, invasive herbivores, global conservation targets, academic freedom and science suppression. We also use new
technology to monitor wildlife and engage citizen scientists with nature. This cross-disciplinary research spans science, IT, engineering, economics, arts and education.
Our research engages closely with conservation policy. Key areas include ecosystem risk assessment (IUCN Red List of Ecosystems), global goals and target for biodiversity, especially ecosystems, developing and
evaluating indicators to support global goals and policy, and conservation and land-use planning.
Enayat’s research is focused on computational and participatory approaches for modelling coupled human–natural systems and for informing robust decision making under deep uncertainty. Enayat’s work has led to
developing robust pathways to sustainability in multiple contexts, such as renewable energy systems, sustainable mobility systems, and the Sustainable Development Goals, each facing unique environmental challenges.
Using model-based population connectivity estimates and existing conservation/management frameworks (e.g., countries, ecoregions), our goal is to help (re)define social-political partnerships and assist in coordinating
policy actions for a more effective planning process. Thinking in terms of linked social-ecological systems results in more equitable and ecologically meaningful outcomes.
Rapid global increases in atmospheric CO2 has led to global climate change. Marine bio-sequestration is a viable part of any climate-change mitigation strategy. Seaweeds have amongst the highest rates
of primary productivity and store significant amounts of carbon (C) in living biomass. What is uncertain is the fate and longevity of all this seaweed-derived C. However, seaweed tissue contains recalcitrant substances that are resistant to chemical breakdown and decay, potentially facilitating long-term C sequestration. In addition, seaweeds may be significant C donors to carbon sink ecosystems (Blue Carbon/BC) due to the ability to be transported. My PhD project will develop a suite of biomarkers (based on environmental DNA (eDNA), fatty acids and amino acids combined with stable isotopes) from seaweeds. These will then be used to detect and quantify seaweed C contributions to carbon sequestration in marine sediment using predictive modelling of seaweed beds proximity to BC sinks and coastal hydrodynamics.
Citizen Science; Environmental and Conservation Policy; Human-Wildlife Conflict; Science Communication.
Much of my research is about understanding transitions to sustainable systems of production and consumption. This includes systems like energy provision, water management and food-production. In my research, I
combine approaches from the natural sciences (i.e. mathematical and computational modelling) with the development of solid concepts and theory.
We are helping to drive global initiatives to promote marine animal tracking data sharing to maximise the conservation benefits of animal movement research and to ensure data are available for future generations. We are
using long-term monitoring data-sets to assess how marine systems are changing and using new, innovative methodologies to reshape our view of how marine systems function, such as highlighting the broad trophic importance of jellyfish for higher trophic levels.
Ambient air pollution and related health burden analysis at multiple scales.
My research is to measure one of the ecosystem services provided by coastal wetlands, i.e. Coastal Protection and to estimate future projection in climate change scenario. The aim to help designing an integrated sustainable plan
for coastal management that consider the safety of human-being and economic values while maintaining good nature condition.
The sustainability of water resource.
I am using remote sensing to assess food production.
Informing and equipping conservation policy makers by improving and developing biodiversity indicators for monitoring and measuring progress towards conservation targets.
My research finds ways for local communities to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I work with my case study community to identify their ambitions for the future and develop pathways to
achieve local sustainability. Our research group is creating a framework for implementing the SDGs at a local level.
Biophysical modelling is an important aspect of fisheries management. I use these models to understand the efficacy of management actions with the aim of preserving fisheries catch for communities into the future.
Biophysical mEnvironmental social science, human dimensions of wildlife management, environmental education. Work focuses on bridging the gap between science and policy by exploring the social context for the
application of science. Social research focuses on human values, attitudes, and behaviours.odelling is an important aspect of fisheries management. I use these models to understand the efficacy of management actions with the aim of preserving fisheries catch for communities into the future.
My research will look into the effects of global change on land use change in Australia. I will forecast land change trajectories for the whole Australia under different scenarios.
My research engages community into Blue Carbon science and nature-based solutions to climate change.
Artificial lakes are typically rich in nutrients, boosting microbial activity and greenhouse gas emissions. My research will focus on mapping the influence of greenhouse gas emissions from farm dams in Victoria
Drivers of blue carbon storage and impacts of climate change, quantifying ecosystem services.
I develop frameworks and approaches for modelling sustainable food systems.
My research aims to model blue carbon stocks and develop an assessment of potential land area amenable to blue carbon additionality.
Allocating the environmental limits of cropland, freshwater use and GHG emissions to countries by considering their population and socio-economic parameters in the context of planetary boundary
Growing human populations are increasing demand for fresh water, while increasing effects of climate change is reducing water availability or increasing variability. These changes are particularly acute in developing countries like
Pakistan where the population is expected to cross 300 million threshold by the year 2050 and water is often extracted at a local scale. I am using field surveys to determine the relationship between stream flow and frog success, then relate those risks to the expected change in water availability over the coming years in the Murree region of Pakistan. As amphibians are one of the most threatened taxonomic groups globally, they need immediate attention and there is still time to act to design frog-friendly development.
I endeavour to communicate my findings to the media and the public to improve society’s engagement with Nature.
I assist with administration of the Local SDGs Program and run the website for this and Planet-A. My Science Honours Project Title was: “How can we bridge the gap between climate science consensus and meaningful
climate change mitigation?” My background was in teaching and foreign languages: French, Spanish, Chinese.
I have focused on valuing the multiple ecosystem services that freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems provide so that we can better manage and restore them. This has spanned from collecting field data on their carbon
sequestration capacity, to collating national and global datasets of multiple ecosystem services and incorporating this into an environmental-economic accounting framework.
Human-Wildlife coexistence in the oceans: developing mitigation solutions to fisheries – marine predators conflicts globally through integrated and interdisciplinary approaches in the social-ecological dimension.
Wetland plants capture carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. The plants then turn it into organic carbon (known as blue carbon) which allows them to grow.
In doing so, wetlands plants are capable of pulling down and stowing away atmospheric carbon about 40 times more efficiently than terrestrial plants, and storing it in the soil for millennia to come. Australia holds one of the world’s largest stores of blue carbon, yet degradation of coastal ecosystems is weakening their capacity to perform this essential function. I assist and manage multiple blue carbon projects to develop new knowledge of how Australia’s coastal ecosystems can be managed to achieve maximum carbon offset capacity.
I am interested in the selective impacts of commercial and recreational fishing. Behavioural traits at the individual level can determine vulnerability to harvest, and these traits can be linked to physiology, growth and
life history – thus, exploited fisheries are likely to experience evolutionary change to slow and unproductive life history making them more vulnerable to over exploitation.
Carbon drawdown through blue carbon ecosystems: seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, and tidal marshes. Nature-based climate change mitigation – aka ‘biosequestration’. Quantification and mapping of
ecosystem services from coastal wetlands, including: coastal protection, biodiversity and fisheries enhancement, and tourism/recreation. Citizen science and education through immersive ‘day with a scientist’ experiences. Costs and benefits of rig-to-reef conversion of offshore oil and gas infrastructure.
Exploring resilience of smallholder crop production systems in the face of changing climate in bio-physically heterogeneous regions of Nepal.
In our project, we work on Goal 12 related to the ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, Goal 8 which related to the sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and
Goal 2 related to food production and sustainable agriculture.
Engaging society with nature while producing reliable information for marine management planning.
I’m interested in how we can better manage natural carbon sinks to enhance climate change mitigation and inform related policy.
By engaging with the community and utilising social media, I will map pollinator distribution, identify at-risk species, assess ecosystem services such as pollination and food production, and help to design
pollinator-friendly environments. We will thus develop a better understanding of anthropogenic effects on pollination and how to manage those impacts.
My research focus is on wetland carbon cycling, particularly Blue Carbon, from a carbon chemistry and microbial ecology perspective. I lead TeaComposition H2O, a global wetland decomposition initiative.
I am also engaged with citizen science programs.
Biodiversity indicators are important conservation policy tools, and a large part of my research focuses not only on ensuring that they are accurate, but that they are useful in policy contexts.
I discuss the importance of combining aboriginal knowledge of medicinal plant with modern sciences to improve human health.
Sustainable milk production system with the application of seaweeds as feed supplements.
Nutritionally seaweed contains many vitamins and minerals essential for human health, so promoting its consumption amongst western cultures is beneficial. However the greatest challenge is to do so in a
sustainable manner, that educates society on the benefits of caring for the environment where our seaweed is harvested/cultured in.
Seafloor geomorphologies, as a function of geological and oceanographic processes, influence the sustainable food systems, sustainable food systems, and Carbon sequestration system.
Urban sustainability assessment.