Using technical and analytical approaches for diversity conservation planning
We integrate across a breadth of research in theoretical and applied science, and laboratory and field-based studies, and use contemporary modelling and decision analysis tools to support aquatic biodiversity conservation and management. The significance of this work relates to the 2016 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report, which identified that aquatic biodiversity is declining three times faster than terrestrial and marine biodiversity.
We support global efforts to arrest the decline of aquatic biodiversity
By linking ecological research on distributions of species and processes to modern decision tools, global maps of freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity can be constructed. Our research in this area is recognised across the world and is being used on the ground in Australia and North America, as well as remote locations such as Bhutan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We examine the multiple dimensions of climate change impacts on aquatic ecosystems
Research on climate change impacts combines climate, ecophysiology and ecological information to examine the likely consequences of climate change for vulnerable species, habitats and processes. Our research transcends freshwater, estuarine and marine environments to examine these impacts, including how to understand changes in species distributions and counter extinction risks from climate change.
We provide information on climate change adaptation strategies
Adaptation is a complex, multidisciplinary undertaking, which requires synthesis of knowledge across ecology, hydrology, climate, physiology, economics and social science disciplines to determine the best course of action, or response to climate threats. We develop methods to build resilience in catchments and coasts to counter climate change impacts.