Improving technologies for inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea
Collaborating farmers with Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) produced using better management practices disseminated by the ACIAR project team ...
Professor David Keith and the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Team: Win the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
Professor David Keith, holding a joint position in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW, Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and his team are deserved winners of the 2015 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. ...
Managing fire regimes with thresholds to save threatened flora and fauna
Altered fire regimes and invasive animals are major threats to listed plant and animal species and ecological communities in fire-prone landscapes across Australia. ...
Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals: The Ecosystem Approach
This project aims to manage the reintroductions of arid adapted mammals which are listed as “extinct” in NSW into National Parks in western NSW. ...
Gearing Up
Aerial survey team prepares for 33rd annual Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey ...

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The Centre for Ecosystem Science has cultivated and supported range of researchers at various stages in their careers. This project is committed to showcasing our talented alumni.

Will Climate Change Affect the Ecology of Temporary Lakes in Australia?


In the Australian outback, temporary lakes are places that only fill with water occasionally and then may only stay wet for a short time. Tiny drifting animals known as zooplankton live in these temporary lakes and have developed strategies to survive through dry periods.  Like plants that produce seeds, zooplankton produce drought-resistant eggs which rest in dry lakebeds waiting for rain to arrive. When rain comes, the eggs hatch and the lakes explode with life.

Feather Map of Australia


Australia’s wetlands operate on a boom and bust cycle, when they flood they can attract thousands of waterbirds, when they dry, the birds disappear, only to return with the next flood. The Feather Map of Australia project aims to work out where the birds come from and where they go after the flood.

The Feather Map of Australia aims to collect waterbird feathers from wetlands around Australia. These feathers will be analysed for stable isotopes and mineral elements that are incorporated into feathers through food.

Is shrub encroachment a legacy of native mammal declines?


Invasive native scrub cover in arid Australia has increased dramatically over the past century coincident with declines of native mammal species in the critical weight range. Hypotheses to explain the increase in shrub cover and associated land degradation range from increased CO2 emissions to overgrazing but none adequately explains all elements of invasive native scrub encroachment.

Managing for Biodiversity in Boom and Bust Cycle Environments


Thanks to a scholarship from our partners in ecosystem science, Bush Heritage Australia, Justin McCann from the Centre of Ecosystem Science will be conducting research at the Bush Heritage property, Naree Station Reserve.

Carbon flux in Aquatic food webs


As the dominant building block of life carbon is incorporated by organisms as biomass across trophic levels of freshwater food webs. From origins at primary production through to predatory vertebrate biomass and being recycled by microbial food webs carbon accumulates at different trophic levels in the form of biomass. Moving through multiple pathways, carbon and it’s stable isotopes present an appropriate measure for determining origins of carbon and which processes (e.g.

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