Key research areas
- Soil and land management
- Our teaching and research spans from the molecular to the landscape scale to understand how terrestrial environments respond to land management activities and climate change.
- River and estuary health
- We undertake teaching and research to understand how river and estuary health responds to altered flow regimes, and increased nutrient and contaminant loads.
- Environmental biotechnology
- Environmental biotechnology involves using the power of micro-organisms to undertake bio-treatment of polluted soil or water. By understanding how microbes process natural and manufactured materials, we are able to better design technology for treating waste and rehabilitating degraded landscapes.
- Environmental dynamics and ecohydrology
- Our teaching and research focuses on understanding the dynamic response of rivers, wetlands and forests to changes in water availability by measuring and modelling how land-surface interactions shape the function and stability of water-dependent ecosystems.
- Environmental sensing and data analytics
- Our teaching and research seeks to improve the accuracy of capability of environmental measurements, and develop advanced analysis work flows to extract important signals, patterns and trends.
Study with us
Explore your options with a range of postgraduate and research opportunities available.
CentresWe have developed close working relationships with local and national business and industry partners dedicated to furthering our environmental knowledge and conservation. Our partnerships bring together a unique combination of expertise in physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment.
For more information about our work and current projects, contact our key researchers:
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Networks and Observatories
Ecosystems provide us with essential services such as carbon sequestration, water, clean air and biodiversity. Crucially we need long-term ecosystem observatories to monitor the health and productivity of our key natural and managed systems. We provide intensive ecological observatories as part of a national network (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and OzFlux) that improves understanding of how ecosystems (and the services they provide) respond to climate change and disturbance to provide a fundamental basis for their future management.
Our observatories are based throughout Western Australia, including: