About the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group
We are lucky to live and work in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The flora and fauna of Southwestern Australia is especially diverse, distinctive and intimately shaped by the combination of extremely low-nutrient soils, summer drought, fire and grazing. Native ecosystems of the region are impacted by global change drivers associated with human activities including invasion by weeds and pests, altered disturbance regimes and climate change. Taken together, these characteristics present unique opportunities to test ideas about the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity, and how to conserve biodiversity in the face of human impacts. Our research spans population and community ecology; urban, rural and wildland ecology; focussing particularly on questions concerning biodiversity, restoration and fire.
Areas of Research
Areas of research include fire impact on shrublands and climate change impact on biodiversity.
Meet the team
The research team includes terrestrial ecologists with a range of expertise in management and restoration.
Student research opportunities
Exciting research opportunities for study exist in Terrestrial Ecology for PhD, Honours and Masters students.