Sustaining nature in a changing world

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

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

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.


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Dr Andrew Bean

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

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prediction, protection, mitigation and control.

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Ange Pestell

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.

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Information gathered from this research will also be used to inform broader land management objectives relating to invasive animals.

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Anthony Rendall

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.


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Dr Antoine Dujon

Investigate the effect of climate change and anthropic pressure on the emergence of cancer in wildlife species.



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Ashley Whitt

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.


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Dr Chloe Sato

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

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changing climate regimes.

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Darcy Watchorn

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.


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Prof Don Driscoll

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.

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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.

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Emma Sumner

My research focuses on how alpine plants respond to cooccurring extremes like drought and heatwaves.





Dr Enayat A. Moallemi

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.

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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.

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Dr Eric Treml

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

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opportunities around ship-based marine pests in New Zealand (Cawthron Institute partnership).

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A/Prof Euan Ritchie

Fire Ecology; Invasive Species Impacts and Management.



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Georgina Bramwell

How does transmissible effect bivalve health and the environment. And how do bivalve and transmissible cancer react to climate change and different environmental factors.




Prof Graeme Hays

No info….



SAST project / Google Scholar / Deakin profile


Jaya Kelvin

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

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region. Therefore, I am hoping that it could influence policy-makers to conserve and then restore the coastal wetlands.

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Jingyu Lin

Hydrological ecosystem service change under climate change.



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Jinzhu WANG

No info….



Planet-ACIE profile


Johanne Martens

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.

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My research involves field and lab work, to determine species-specific prevalence, load, immune response and infection persistence.

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Dr Kaori Yokochi

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

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I’m currently studying how artificial light affects native microbats so that the information can be used to develop a more bat-friendly practice.

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Prof Kate Buchanan

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

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in their new habitats.

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Krista Bonfantine

No info….



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Kristian Bell

Assessing the ability of fire to regenerate a key species in modified landscapes, where invasive species are prevalent.


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Laura Tan

Investigating how to identify and manage key predators (corvids) on an ecologically and economically important prey population.


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Alfred Deakin Prof Marcel Klaassen

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

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disease and nutritional ecology of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl.

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Dr Mark Warne

Use of historical and fossil records Ostracoda in aquatic ecosystems to track climate driven changes in ocean currents, and inland waterway health over time.



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Dr Mary Young

Geospatial modelling of climate change impacts on species and ecosystems.



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Dr Mathew Berg

Wildlife disease ecology and evolution, particularly avian viruses (beak and feather disease virus) and bacteria (Chlamydia); climate change and temperature stress.


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Dr Mylene Mariette

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

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the Australian arid zone.

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Nynke Raven

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

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assist devil recovery, which will subsequently benefit Tasmanian ecosystems.

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Dr Raoul Ribot

My work around the theme ‘sustaining nature in a changing world’ mostlfy focuses on wildlife disease (e.g. BFDV in parrots).


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Roberto M. Venegas

Climate change impacts on dispersal, persistence, and biodiversity of species and ecosystems.





Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett

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

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and biogeochemical cycling.

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Simone Stevenson

Some of my research looks at how well biodiversity indicators capture the response of biodiversity to different types of threat.


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Thiruchenduran Somasundaram

Climate change impacts and drought resilience.




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Thomas Burns

Amphibian chytrid fungus.





Prof Thomas Madsen

No info….



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Dr Tim Doherty

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

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conservation management and policy.

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Tobias Ross

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.




Yakupjan (Yakup) Niyazi

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

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through which, impact the biodiversity.

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