Environment - Research Specialties

Our Environment sub-theme unites the multiple disciplines and scales involved in ecology and environmental management. We apply rigorous science to inform the management of a range of natural and altered aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Our interests range from fundamental research into the biology and biogeography of Australian plants, biochemical and biotic processes in aquatic systems, and faunal and floral conservation. Environmental management incorporates: understanding landscape dynamic using spatial science tools; investigating ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes; governance of socio-ecological systems; and rehabilitation of modified ecosystems.

Research Interests: Ecology

Research Interests: Environmental Science and Management

Our People

Ecology

Rose AndrewDr Rose Andrew

  • molecular ecology
  • landscape genetics and genomics
  • evolution, especially adaptation, speciation and hybridization
  • ecological genetics

Adrienne BurnsDr Adrienne Burns

  • function of biofilms in riverine systems
  • river catchment health and environmental chemistry
  • tertiary science education

Caroline GrossProfessor Caroline Gross

  • conservation, management & ecology of endangered plants
  • reproductive requirements of pioneer species
  • bee pollination
  • plant systematics & evolution
  • plant biodiversity in grassland ecosystems

Sarah MikaDr Sarah Mika

  • surface water – groundwater connectivity
  • impacts of fine sediments on aquatic ecosystems
  • biogeochemical processes in rivers
  • riverine restoration

Romina RaderDr Romina Rader

  • crop pollination by native insects
  • interactions among insects and how this affects plant functioning
  • ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
  • landscape and community ecology
  • the impacts of land use change upon biodiversity
  • pollination and dispersal in fragmented landscapes

Darren RyderA/Professor Darren Ryder

  • rehabilitation of wetland & riverine systems
  • river function as bioindicators
  • environmental flows in coastal & inland aquatic systems
  • aquatic food webs & their response to floods
  • droughts & human-induced impacts
  • algal ecology
  • biogeochemistry of aquatic systems

Karl VernesA/Professor Karl Vernes

  • wildlife ecology
  • mammal ecology and conservation
  • community ecology
  • mammalogy
  • zoology
Environmental Science and Management

Jeremy BruhlProfessor Jeremy Bruhl

  • systematics of Cyperaceae worldwide
  • floral development, photosynthetic pathway variation & biology of Cyperaceae
  • biology, biogeography & taxonomy of Australian plants

Rex Glencross-GrantMr Rex Glencross-Grant

  • engineering utilisation of sustainable natural resources (timber, fibres, etc.);
  • heritage engineering - history, preservation/conservation and/or restoration (in conjunction with NSW Roads and Maritime Services);
  • road corridors in rural and regional NSW;
  • solid waste management - construction and demolition wastes, reuse of waste materials; and
  • sustainable energy: wind and solar.

Lalit KumarProfessor Lalit Kumar

  • environmental modelling
  • modelling climate change impacts on biodiversity
  • understanding landscape dynamics using spatial science tools (GIS and Remote Sensing)
  • mapping forest health and productivity using hyperspectral remote sensing
  • land use and land cover change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem resilience
  • GIS, Remote Sensing and Spatial Modelling

Sarah MikaDr Sarah Mika

  • surface water – groundwater connectivity
  • impacts of fine sediments on aquatic ecosystems
  • biogeochemical processes in rivers
  • riverine restoration

Julian PriorDr Julian Prior

  • natural resource policy
  • institutional analysis and capacity development
  • agricultural and natural resource extension
  • social capital building
  • community-based natural resource management
  • environmental dispute resolution
  • natural resource and environmental management in developing countries

Romina RaderDr Romina Rader

  • crop pollination by native insects
  • interactions among insects and how this affects plant functioning
  • ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
  • landscape and community ecology
  • the impacts of land use change upon biodiversity
  • pollination and dispersal in fragmented landscapes

Nick ReidProfessor Nick Reid

  • science, management and governance of social–ecological systems
  • biodiversity assessment and management
  • ecosystem services
  • integrating production and conservation
  • ecological restoration
  • sustainable land management and landscape ecology
  • wildlife and vegetation ecology and management
  • forest protection

Darren RyderA/Professor Darren Ryder

  • rehabilitation of wetland & riverine systems
  • river function as bioindicators
  • environmental flows in coastal & inland aquatic systems
  • aquatic food webs & their response to floods
  • droughts & human-induced impacts
  • algal ecology
  • biogeochemistry of aquatic systems

Karl VernesA/Professor Karl Vernes

  • wildlife ecology
  • mammal ecology and conservation
  • community ecology
  • mammalogy
  • zoology

Janelle WilkesDr Janelle Wilkes

  • monitoring and management of salt movement from beef cattle feedlots
  • environmental impact of sewage treatment plants (biosolids and wastewater) to land
  • acid sulphate soil monitoring
  • geology/earth sciences