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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.


Current project areas within which research student opportunities exist include:

  •  Climate change and fire regime effects on species and ecosystem dynamics in kwongan shrublands
  •  The ecology and management of urban habitat fragments
  •  Rare species ecology
  •  Fire behaviour, fuel loads, and bushfire threat across vegetation and urbanisation gradients
  •  Community re-assembly after mining
  •  Experimental tests of ecosystem resilience to disturbance


Please visit our individual profiles (“Meet the Team”) for more details about these projects and some other possible research projects

Areas of Research

Areas of Research

Areas of research include fire impact on shrublands and climate change impact on biodiversity.

Meet the team

Meet the team

The research team includes terrestrial ecologists with a range of expertise in management and restoration.

Student research opportunities

Student research opportunities

Exciting research opportunities for study exist in Terrestrial Ecology for PhD, Honours and Masters students.