Greenhouse gases sources and sinks: Collecting the data to quantify changing atmospheric chemistry impacts on our ecosystems.
Evidence-based policy and management is important to help in the complex challenge of influencing decisions about the environment which is often changing. Increasingly, there is broad understanding that people are integrally part of the environment, directly or indirectly influencing it many different ways.
Marine scientists need to be generalists to meet modern challenges of a rapidly changing marine ecosystem. We address a wide range of issues such as the urbanising coasts of the world, to the changing distributions of species in response to climate change.
Remote Sensing and GIS
Increasingly, we are investigating changes over large parts of the world, in different ecosystems. Understanding how and why large scale changes are occurring across the landscape is critical for management of environments and informing relevant policy. Also such large scale changes, particularly to vegetation communities can provide understanding of some of the pressures on dependent animals.
Rivers and Wetlands
The Centre for Ecosystem Science has a strong background and focus on investigating the ecology of wetlands and rivers. We are particularly interested in the “boom” and “bust” ecology of inland river systems, focusing a considerable amount of our work in the Murray-Darling Basin and its more important wetlands.
We are interested in a wide range of processes and organisms in terrestrial ecosystems. In particular, we investigate how ecosystems work and the interactions between the drivers of ecosystem productivity (e.g. soils) to the different organisms from the microscopic to top predators.