Biodiversity offsets

Australia has a large resources sector; is experiencing strong population growth and furthermore, is seeking to increase agricultural production for the grow

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Biodiveristy Offsets

Vertical Greenery System on Buildings

Urban areas across the globe are complex in nature; supporting substantial population growth as people move to cities seeking better employment opportunities

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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

Australian Soils Blowing in the Wind

Dust storms, dust hazes or the back paddock blowing, seem to be a part of life for many Australians. But dust is the ‘business end’ of wind erosion.

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Sea level rise slowed by increasingly wet soils

During the last decade, a fifth of the water from melting pole and glacier ice was stored on land and so did not contribute to sea level rise.

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Bush Capital could lose its old trees

The bush capital is losing its large old native trees so fast it may have none left within 120 years, an ANU study has found.

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Old tree providing peeling bark to shelter forest bat

Comments of DEPI Code of Practice and Management Standards and Procedures

Comments on the Drafts for Public Reference of the DEPI Code of practice for Timber Harvesting Operations 2014 and the DEPI Management Standards and Procedur

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Large Tree in Forest

Going South for the Summer

Many birds migrate each year to avoid the harshest cold of winter and hottest heat of summer.

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Saving homes, saving lives

Bushfires are a natural part of the environment.

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The survival of Leadbeater's Possum

To read New Restoration Forest Management Prescriptions to Conserve Leadbeater’s Possum and Rebuild the Cover of Ecologically Mature Forest in the Centra

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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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