What are the proximal threats to biodiversity, how severe are they, and how can threats be mitigated?
- Wildlife disease
- Climate change impacts on biodiversity/species and ecosystems
- Invasive species impact
- Ecosystem integrity and functions: fire, urbanization, habitat fragmentation and loss, ecological restoration
Find a researcher in this theme:
Dr Alecia Bellgrove | Dr Andrew Bean | Ange Pestell | Anthony Rendall | Dr Antoine Dujon | Ashley Whitt | Dr Chloe Sato | Darcy Watchorn | Prof Don Driscoll | Emma Sumner | Dr Enayat A. Moallemi | Dr Eric Treml | A/Prof Euan Ritchie | Georgina Bramwell | Prof Graeme Hays | Jaya Kelvin | Jingyu Lin | Jinzhu WANG | Johanne Martens | Dr Kaori Yokochi | Prof Kate Buchanan | Krista Bonfantine | Kristian Bell | Laura Tan | Alfred Deakin Prof Marcel Klaassen | Dr Mark Warne | Dr Mary Young | Dr Mathew Berg | Dr Mylene Mariette | Nynke Raven | Dr Raoul Ribot | Roberto M. Venegas | Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett | Simone Stevenson | Thiruchenduran Somasundaram | Thomas Burns | Prof Thomas Madsen | Dr Tim Doherty | Tobias Ross | Yakupjan (Yakup) Niyazi |
Understanding the roles of habitat-forming seaweeds in ecological systems and the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. sewage effluent, climate change) on these seaweeds and the ecosystems they support.
Infectious diseases threaten human, animal and environmental health on a global scale. Research into the biology of host-pathogen interactions, pests and invasive weeds can translate into practical measures for
prediction, protection, mitigation and control.
I’m investigating the interaction of fire and wildlife in the mallee of NW Victoria, focusing on time since fire and inter-fire intervals, to improve how landscapes are managed for fire.
Information gathered from this research will also be used to inform broader land management objectives relating to invasive animals.
Investigating trophic dynamics of invasive species communities on islands; investigating the ability of endangered species to co-exist with invasive species and under which scenarios this is possible.
Investigate the effect of climate change and anthropic pressure on the emergence of cancer in wildlife species.
Ashley’s thesis, ‘The Future of coastal wetlands under rising sea levels’, aims to develop fundamental knowledge of how coastal catchments should be managed to protect important wetlands under future climate change.
Assessing the risk status of alpine ecosystems, with reference to the extent and severity of threats (e.g. disease, invasive species, fire, habitat loss and fragmentation) affecting those ecosystems under
changing climate regimes.
A research area of particular interest to me is conserving threatened small mammal species from the synergistic threats of wildfire and predation from invasive species, such as cats and foxes.
My lab seeks solutions to conservation problems by understanding how human actions inpact on biodiversity and therefore, how those impacts can be avoided or mitigated.
Our projects include conservation in fragmented landscapes, frog conservation including effects of chytrid fungus and drought, fire ecology, and testing new methods for monitoring wildlife.
My research focuses on how alpine plants respond to cooccurring extremes like drought and heatwaves.
Enayat develops decision support frameworks for making adaptation decisions from the bottom-up to better cope with human’s and nature’s vulnerabilities to future uncertain weather and climate related events.
Enayat’s research integrates state-of-the-art exploratory modelling techniques with practice-based action research to perform a deeper assessment of environmental decisions under uncertainty, tailored to specific socio-economic-ecological characteristics of local contexts.
We are quantifying the potential for adaptive gene flow in marine organisms within our warming oceans with biophysical dispersal models (e.g., Indo-Pacific seascape). Also forecasting the biosecurity threats and management
opportunities around ship-based marine pests in New Zealand (Cawthron Institute partnership).
Fire Ecology; Invasive Species Impacts and Management.
How does transmissible effect bivalve health and the environment. And how do bivalve and transmissible cancer react to climate change and different environmental factors.
My research is to measure how valuable coastal wetlands in terms of protecting coastal communities and their valued properties. One of the aims is to promote the significant of wetlands for the sustainability of coastal
region. Therefore, I am hoping that it could influence policy-makers to conserve and then restore the coastal wetlands.
Hydrological ecosystem service change under climate change.
I do research in the field of wildlife disease, investigating Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) in wild parrots. BFDV is a threat to parrots world-wide, and had recently been found in birds other than parrots as well.
My research involves field and lab work, to determine species-specific prevalence, load, immune response and infection persistence.
My research focuses on ultimately finding ways to minimise the impacts of urbanisation on wildlife. I have studied the effectiveness of rope bridges in mitigating the negative impacts of roads on wildlife, and
I’m currently studying how artificial light affects native microbats so that the information can be used to develop a more bat-friendly practice.
I am interested in how animal communication systems are changing in relation to anthropogenic change including climate and noise. I am also interested in invasive species impacts and how invasive species evolve
in their new habitats.
Assessing the ability of fire to regenerate a key species in modified landscapes, where invasive species are prevalent.
Investigating how to identify and manage key predators (corvids) on an ecologically and economically important prey population.
To evaluate responses to global change processes and notably climate change, habitat destruction and pollution, I am (i) modelling avian migration strategies, population dynamics and conservation strategies, (ii) and study the
disease and nutritional ecology of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl.
Use of historical and fossil records Ostracoda in aquatic ecosystems to track climate driven changes in ocean currents, and inland waterway health over time.
Geospatial modelling of climate change impacts on species and ecosystems.
Wildlife disease ecology and evolution, particularly avian viruses (beak and feather disease virus) and bacteria (Chlamydia); climate change and temperature stress.
I investigate the role of developmental programing and inter-individual variation in physiological traits for adaptation to climate change, using a model species adapted to the unpredictable climate and environment of
the Australian arid zone.
Tasmanian devils, a top native predator and key part of the ecosystem, have declined by >80% due to transmissible cancer. My research investigates devils adaptation/response to transmissible cancer, hoping to
assist devil recovery, which will subsequently benefit Tasmanian ecosystems.
My work around the theme ‘sustaining nature in a changing world’ mostlfy focuses on wildlife disease (e.g. BFDV in parrots).
Climate change impacts on dispersal, persistence, and biodiversity of species and ecosystems.
I am interested in marine disease, particularly those affecting macrophytes. My research also looks as the effects of climate change and human-related impact on ecosystem function, including microbiome-host health
and biogeochemical cycling.
Some of my research looks at how well biodiversity indicators capture the response of biodiversity to different types of threat.
Climate change impacts and drought resilience.
Amphibian chytrid fungus.
My research includes both field experiments and continental and global analyses of threats to biodiversity. This includes the effects of habitat loss and degradation, fire, invasive species, and additional work on
conservation management and policy.
I plan to determine how pollution harms populations of shorebirds along the EAAF and what relationship this has with the prevalence of emerging diseases such as avian influenza.
Submarine canyons and volcanic islands have significant contribution to maintaining high levels of biodiversity. Climate change, sea level fluctuation will influence the geomorphological evolution of canyons and volcanic, and
through which, impact the biodiversity.