Biodiversity, Landscapes and Ecosystem Stewardship
Welcome to the Biodiversity, Landscapes and Ecosystem Stewardship research group…
We are looking for Australian or NZ honours/Masters graduates to take up an exciting UNE PhD scholarship entitled "Linking pollinator biodiversity with spatial variability in tree characteristics". More information is available on the scholarships page.
Our strength is in our diversity. One of the great things about science is that we get to ask questions of fundamental importance to the future of life of Earth as we know it. Questions like how can we develop a smaller footprint upon the planet and leave room and resources for the rest of nature, or how western civilisation can become more socially equitable, ecologically just and economically sustainable so that all peoples, including unborn generations, can live with dignity free from injustice, environmental degradation and economic hardship.
Current and Recent Projects
- seeing green: sales pitches for conserving native biodiversity that connect with farmers
- monitoring, evaluation and improvement of on-ground investments in revegetation and natural resource management
- biophysical and socio-economic impacts of wild canid management in wilderness and farming regions
- nature and value of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
- relationship between invasive native scrub (INS), soil erosion and soil health
- state-and-transition models for threatened ecological communities
- role of the visual and performing arts in influencing environmental attitudes
- restoring weed-infested hardwood plantations for biodiversity conservation
- impact of feral horses in temperate and subtropical wilderness
- profitable biodiverse wool production systems
- cotton growers as ecosystem stewards
- river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) dieback on inland floodplains
- rapid biodiversity assessment methods
- coolibah recruitment after flooding and environmental water management
- managing INS in the endangered ecological community of coolibah – black box woodland
- plant biodiversity in grazed pastures
- economic valuation of ecosystem services at catchment and farm scale
- plant conservation strategies in arid New South Wales: what works?
Dr Romina Rader
Various research projects - view staff profile page.
Professor Nick Reid
Dr Rhiannon Smith
Various research projects.
Research project (PhD): Modelling the past, mapping the present and
envisaging the future: employing species distribution models and GIS to
investigate the impact of climate change on the past environment and
archaeology of the Kimberley bioregion, northern Australia.
Sharon L Brown
Research project (PhD): Cost-effective revegetation technology: restoring
connectivity in the Border Rivers – Gwydir catchment.
Research project (PhD): Quantifying the pest
control services provided by insectivorous birds and microbats in intensive
Research project (PhD): Are bell miners Manorina melanophrys a primary cause of dieback: importance of
lantana Lantana camara infestation,
removal of psyllid predators and miner dynamics on forest health.
Research project (PhD): Cultural burning: exploring Indigenous knowledge
of country to support fire management in northern New South Wales and the
Research project (PhD): Management of wild canids and trophic cascades: how is vegetation influenced by
Research project (PhD): Traversing the barrier fence: exploring the cultural life and
afterlife of the Canis dingo.
Lorena Ruiz Talonia
Research project (PhD): Restoration of native vegetation: ecological and genetic considerations associated with seed germination.
Research project (PhD): The ecology of
feral cats Felis silvestris catus in north-eastern
New South Wales and interactions with the spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus.
|Sarah Ellen McDonald|
Research project (PhD): Implications of grazing management for biodiversity conservation in the rangelands.
Supervisor: Nick Reid.
|Michal Krysztof Smielak|
Research project (PhD): Community ecology of threatened critical-weight-range mammals in response to wild canid and feral cat control.
Supervisors: Nick Reid, Karl Vernes.
|Karrar Abdulhussein Kadhim Al-Hajiya|
Research project (PhD): Role of native vegetation in enhancing cotton profits through natural pest control and enhanced efficacy of native invertebrate predators.
Supervisor: Nick Reid.
Madeleine Kate Black
Research project (PhD): Working with farmers and graziers to conserve biodiversity on their land.
Research project (PhD):The social responsibilities of universities.
Supervisor: Nick Reid.
|Michelle Yates |
Research project (PhD): Ecosystem services within a semi-arid agricultural landscape: the importance of weed species and native plants in supporting aphid parasitoids and plant pollinators.
Supervisors: Romina Rader, J.Mommott (Bristol), R.Gunning (DPI).
Methods to Manage Mistletoe (booklet available from Southern New England Landcare)
Nature and Farming (book available from CSIRO Publishing)
- Review in New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
- Review in Rangelands
- Review in Geographical Research
Profitable, biodiverse wool production systems for the Northern Tablelands (NSW)
Wool industry spreading tree message (story on Landline, ABC)
If you are interested in some of the projects that our members are undertaking or have ideas that fall into similar areas, contact:
Biodiversity, Landscapes and Ecosystem Stewardship research group
Ecosystem Management (building W055)
School of Environmental and Rural Science
University of New England
Armidale, New South Wales 2351