Research Specialisations

Animal behaviour - Peters Lab

Our research spans broad interests in animal behaviour and evolution of animal signals, including vibratory, acoustic and movement-based signals.

Conservation biology - Green Lab

Our group investigates the biology and impact of both invasive alien and over-abundant native species that reconfigure ecosystems, and how to manage these species.

Coralline algae: taxonomy and ecology - Harvey & Woelkerling Lab

Our research focuses on the taxonomy, ecology, distribution and biodiversity of Coralline Red Algae and Rhodolith Beds in Australia.

Ecological, evolutionary and conservation genetics - Neil Murray

My research documents genetic change in response to environmental change. This includes climate change, and genetic approaches to management of natural populations, for both conservation and fishery management.

Environmental Geoscience - Webb Lab

My research focuses on the influence of climate and land-use change on groundwater. Research areas include: improving treatment procedures for acid mine drainage and understanding the formation of acid sulphate soils.

Fire and Avian Ecology - Clarke Lab

Our Fire Ecology group investigates the effects of fire on biodiversity. Our Avian Behaviour and Ecology Group conducts research on the evolutionary biology of birds.

Insect ecology - Gibb Lab

Our research investigates community ecology and global change biology, with a focus on terrestrial arthropods.

Insect-plant interactions - Steinbauer Lab

We study how the nutritional and non-nutritional elements of plants affect the biology, behaviour, ecology and evolution of phytophagous and pollinating insects.

Landscape ecology - Bennett Lab

Our research investigates how landscape structure and landscape change affect the ecology and conservation of native fauna.

Molecular ecology and evolution - Murphy Lab

My research investigates how species biology and evolutionary history affects present distributions and the ability to cope with future environmental change.

Molecular evolution in Australasian marsupials - Westerman Lab

My research investigates the reconstruction and understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of Australasian marsupials, using molecular and morphological data.

Plant ecology - Morgan Lab

Our research investigates the dynamics of plant communities and the impact of natural disturbances and global environmental change. Our research areas include: interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in grasslands and woodlands, and how climate change, fragmentation and shrub encroachment affect ecosystem dynamics.

Plant ecophysiology and metal abiotic stress - Denise Fernando

I investigate heavy metal tolerance and toxicity in plants, and the related effects of climate change.

Plant Pathology and Mycology - Keane Lab

My research investigates plant pathology, focusing on management of pests and diseases of cocoa in Indonesia and diversity of macrofungi.

Plant reproduction, ecological and conservation genetics - Hoebee Lab

We investigate plant reproduction, population genetics and evolution. Our research techniques span traditional field-based ecology and morphological investigations to next-generation sequencing.

Reproductive ecology - Robert Lab

We study maternal reproductive investment and the impact on offspring characteristics and fitness in a diverse range of taxa, including reptiles, birds and marsupials.

Science education - Bird Lab

My research explores the nature of knowledge sharing and building in assessment communities.

Sleep Ecophysiology - Lesku Lab

Our research uses the comparative approach to reveal the evolutionary history of sleep and sleep functions. We also investigate how ecological demands (e.g. anti-predator behaviour, mating) influence the amount, composition, depth and timing of sleep in wild animals.