Our research 

We are the world’s leading research centre for solving environmental management problems and for evaluating the outcomes of environmental actions.

Our key researchers are recognized as global leaders in fundamental environmental science, and we put a high priority on the career development of the next generation of conservation researchers. We also collaborate extensively and see interactivity as the key to our success.

Through our key researchers, we will benefit environmental science, policy and management across Australia and around the world, by tackling the complex problems of environmental management and monitoring in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.

 

Research highlights

Conservation prioritisation for koalas

Koala conservation briefWhere east meets west, where best to invest?

For species that are increasingly threatened by the combined effects of habitat loss and climate change, we need to identify priority regions where we should be focussing our conservation efforts. In the case of specialist leaf-eaters, considering the effects of climate change on the distributions of their essential food resources should be a key com...


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Looking after our nomads

Nomadic pigeon briefGeographic range size and extinction risk

Geographic range size (the size of a species' distribution) is often treated as a fixed attribute of a species for the purposes of calculating extinction risk. All else being equal, species occupying smaller geographic ranges are assumed to have a higher risk of extinction. However many species move around the landscape. Sometimes their movements involv...


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Making the most of our flagship species

Polar bear flagship sp briefPrivate sponsorship and conservation efficiency

It's well known that some species have greater public appeal than others. The species with the greatest appeal are often furry mammals such as the koala or polar bear, or in places like New Zealand, there are large birds like the kiwi. Research has shown that people are willing to pay more for conserving these species than other species, even if t...


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The value of native bush to landholders

Maksym and landowners May2015Private benefits of native vegetation can help achieve better biodiversity outcomes

A third of Australian woodland has been cleared since European settlement. This has resulted in the loss of important ecosystem services, including biodiversity. Just over three quarters of Australian land is managed by private landholders, therefore conserving biodiversity on private land is an important part o...


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A community's attitude toward their local endangered grassland

georgia centralckUnderstanding the mechanisms for change in environmental attitudes and behaviours is key to ensuring conservation in human dominated landscapes.

A new collaboration between CEED researcher Georgia Garrard (pictured) and researchers at Victoria University, looking at the influence of environmental education and engagement on environmental attitudes and behaviour, led to a community event centred...


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Imperfect detection and literary allusions

fox penguin Philip Island NPSpecies are often hard to detect in ecological surveys. They might hide from searchers – think of a frog hidden high in a tree. Or seeds of a plant might be present, yet the adult plants themselves might be absent until the seeds germinate. Or for migratory species, individuals might only be present at a site for a short period. How can we be sure that a species is truly, and permanently, absen...


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Halting cane toad invasion in WA by putting barriers around dams

Cane toad barrierCane toads have reached the Kimberley and there is no sign that their march of conquest is finished. Their remorseless advance across the Top End makes it seem they are invincible, but CEED researchers Reid Tingley and Darren Southwell believe that the species has an Achilles heel.

Cane toads are a tough, fast, adaptive species with glands that can secrete a cocktail of toxins lethal to native ...


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Prioritising reforestation efforts in Indonesia

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In 2012, Indonesia broke the record for tropical forest clearing. Stories of the haze from burning forest and peatland blanketing South East Asia are common, and awareness of the economic and health hazards that this creates is growing.

Over 63 percent (82.9 million hectares) of Indonesia’s Forest Estate is currently deforested or degraded and many iconic species such as orangutans and probosc...


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Burning questions for endangered black cockatoos

Carnaby's CockatoosThe gregarious Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) is such a common sight in Perth that it is easy to forget they are endangered and that the urban and agricultural expansion of south-western Australia has removed the bulk of their habitat. How we manage their remaining habitat will have important consequences for the species’ survival.

South-western Australia is a global biodivers...


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When to put all your bilbies in the same basket

Bilby Bernard DupontAustralia’s shy endangered marsupials will have a far better chance of surviving deadly predation by feral cats and foxes if they are kept in several protected areas instead of a single large area, scientists say.

Fences are a key strategy in the conservation of threatened native species, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. But what do you do if your fence is too successful? 

Australia h...


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