Sharing one planet: Ecologically sustainable systems

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)

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

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

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and mitigate carbon emissions.

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Dr Andrew Bean

Biosecurity threats are best addressed by coordinating resources, research and risk-management strategies across the broad disciplines of plant, animal and human health, environmental science and

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combining enabling disciplines.

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Ange Pestell

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

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community, particularly citizen scientists, on the benefits of shared technology to improve our understanding of the natural world.

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Dr Antoine Dujon

Obtain insights on the effect of cancer in marine species of economical and cultural importance.



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Ashley Whitt

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

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order to enhance their importance across decision making levels.

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Alfred Deakin Prof Brett Bryan

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,

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fisheries, agriculture).

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Dr Chloe Sato

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.


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Prof Don Driscoll

Our research extends into conservation policy, with contributions on invasive pasture grasses, invasive herbivores, global conservation targets, academic freedom and science suppression.

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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.

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Dr Enayat A. Moallemi

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

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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.

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Dr Eric Treml

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

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policy actions for a more effective planning process. Thinking in terms of linked social-ecological systems results in more equitable and ecologically meaningful outcomes.

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Erlania (Ellyn)

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

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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.

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A/Prof Euan Ritchie

Citizen Science; Environmental and Conservation Policy; Human-Wildlife Conflict; Science Communication.



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Dr Fjalar de Haan

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

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combine approaches from the natural sciences (i.e. mathematical and computational modelling) with the development of solid concepts and theory.

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Prof Graeme Hays

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Jaya Kelvin

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

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for coastal management that consider the safety of human-being and economic values while maintaining good nature condition.

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Jingyu Lin

The sustainability of water resource.



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Jinzhu WANG

My research revolves with Food Sustainability.



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Katrina Szetey

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

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achieve local sustainability. Our research group is creating a framework for implementing the SDGs at a local level.

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Dr Kay Critchell

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.


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Krista Bonfantine

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Dr Mary Young

Drivers of blue carbon storage and impacts of climate change, quantifying ecosystem services.



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Dr Michalis Hadjikakou

I develop frameworks and approaches for modelling sustainable food systems.



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Mohammad Abdullah Shaikh

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

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Dr Mylene Mariette

I endeavour to communicate my findings to the media and the public to improve society’s engagement with Nature.



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Dr Pawel Waryszak

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.

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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.

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A/Prof Peter Biro

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

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life history – thus, exploited fisheries are likely to experience evolutionary change to slow and unproductive life history making them more vulnerable to over exploitation.

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Roberto M. Venegas

Engaging society with nature while producing reliable information for marine management planning.





Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett

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.

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I am also engaged with citizen science programs.

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Simone Stevenson

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.


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Thiruchenduran Somasundaram

Sustainable milk production system with the application of seaweeds as feed supplements.



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Prof Thomas Madsen

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Yakupjan (Yakup) Niyazi

Seafloor geomorphologies, as a function of geological and oceanographic processes, influence the sustainable food systems, sustainable food systems, and Carbon sequestration system.


Deakin Marine Mapping / CIE profile