Global environmental prize awarded to Professor Brian Walker

Professor Brian Walker, Research Fellow from the CSIRO and Honorary Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, has received internatio

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New thinking urgently required to shift urbanisation onto a more sustainable path

In 2015 the world’s urban population was almost 4 billion people.

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Imminent forest collapse threatens Melbourne’s water supply

A landmark study from ANU has found that a vital forest in Victoria faces imminent collapse, which poses a major threat to Melbourne's water supply.

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Fenner School researcher leads expert workshop on Earth observations for water-related applications

On 28 March 2018, 22 experts from research, government and industry came together in Canberra to discuss the use of Earth Observations (EO) for a range of wa

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Earth from space

A new wave of rock removal could spell disaster for farmland wildlife

While not illegal, rock-crushing has massive implications for the populations of native mammals, frogs and reptiles in agricultural areas, writes

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Turning bush rock into farmland

Why we are measuring the health of Australian vegetation poorly

New research suggests some Australian ecosystems are more threatened than might be suggested by looking at vegetation loss alone, writes Dr Ayesh

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The Murray-Darling Basin and Australia's water future

The Murray-Darling Basin is critical to Australia’s water and food security. In this video Associate Professor Jamie Pittock explains why effective management...

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The Murray-Darling Basin and Australia’s water future

Cities urged to collaborate with scientists on climate change

An urban environment expert at The Australian National University (ANU) has warned that city councils acting alone to address climate change, in the absence

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Saving the Swift Parrot

The Difficult Birds Research Group based in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) has pursued a se

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New Royal Commission into water theft may be just the tip of iceberg for the Murray Darling Basin

Argues Dr Jamie Pittock, Director, International Programs, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, Australian National University

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Assoc Prof Jamie Pittock discussing Murray-Darling Basin water reform not on track: Wentworth scientists

The future of water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin has been in the spotlight in recent months, with allegations of water theft by irrigators in New South

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Are Koala's nearing extinction?

Hear Associate Professor Cris Brack discuss what can be done to stop the decline of koala numbers in Australia on Canberra Radio ABC666 with Adam Shirley.   

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Endangered Honeyeater Population Discovered

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new breeding population of the critically endangered regent honeyeater.

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Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment

Australia has experienced the highest rate of mammal extinctions of any continent, and since European settlement, 92% of box-gum grassy woodland has been cle

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Box Gum Grassy Woodland

Modelling the Earth Surface for Environmental Applications

The land surface is the natural context for life on Earth. Life depends on Earth surface processes over a wide range of space and time scales.

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Good Luck Reverses Global Forest Loss

The amount of vegetation globally has increased by the equivalent of almost four billion tonnes of carbon since 2003 despite large-scale deforestation in the

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Australian Forest in Tasmania

Stemming the slaughter of swift parrots

Introduced predators have wrought havoc on native species worldwide.  Recently, we discovered that introduced sugar gliders are killing from 60-100% of femal

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Swift Parrot Juvenile

The increasingly complex environmental challenges we face, especially the sustainability of our earth and human systems, demand the very best research drawn from a broad range of disciplines for their solution. The Fenner School was amongst the first in the world to recognise that these challenges are best and most efficiently addressed through integrating knowledge from a diverse range of disciplines, encompassing the physical, biological, social, economic, legal and cultural domains.

Effectively harnessing such a diverse range of disciplines presents significant research challenges, as does understanding the interdependencies and interactions of landscapes, water and the ecological systems and biodiversity they support. The influences of change on these systems also pose difficult research questions, especially when we explore how humans respond and adapt to these influences. Providing soundly-based policy advice is a key goal of the School.

The Fenner School is committed to addressing these major challenges and to contributing to increased understanding and better management of Australia, its region and our world.

If the work of the Fenner School sparks your interest in research or in collaborative learning then be sure to contact us. or speak directly to our experts. We look forward to working with you to address the challenges of a sustainable future.

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