Landscapes, water & biodiversity

Increasingly, research and management of ecosystems must integrate across sectors and issues, as evidenced in the emergence of integrated catchment management, biodiversity protection across tenures, and multiple use management of forest resources. The Fenner School undertakes research in landscape sciences, and prepares its graduates to be professional natural resource managers with expertise in (eg):

  • Fire science and management
  • Forest science and management
  • Landscape ecology and conservation biology
  • Landscape evolution and soils
  • Water science and management.

Highlights

Tree rings tell a 400-year-old story

The cold, snowbound alps of south-eastern Australia might seem an unlikely place to research climate change. However, one scientist believes that...

Dust storms and eroding landscapes

The sky was a deep red hue. Dust from Australia’s barren ‘red centre’ had blown across and blanketed much of the continent’s east coast, including...

Going South for the Summer

Long-distance travel lets species track comfortable climates
Many birds migrate each year to avoid the harshest cold of winter and hottest heat of summer. Globally, on longer time scales, most other animals and...

Saving homes, saving lives

Bushfires are a natural part of the environment. They have a positive impact on many ecosystems, with plants having evolved to regenerate and...

Small ‘eco-engineers’ return to the mainland

A small ‘kangaroo-rat’ called the Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) was once widespread in south-eastern Australia. Predators such as foxes and...

Sustainable farms

The isolated paddock tree is an iconic image of rural Australia. Such trees provide more than just visual appeal. They will not last forever, however...

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...

The Murray-Darling Basin and Australia's water future

Science for Solutions
  Why is the Murray-Darling Basin important? What are the key environmental and social concerns?  The Murray-Darling Basin is critical to Australia’s...

The Murray-Darling Basin and Australia's water future

Science for Solutions
  Why is the Murray-Darling Basin important? What are the key environmental and social concerns?  The Murray-Darling Basin is critical to Australia’s...

News

22
Mar
2018
In this podcast, Affiliates from the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society present short talks on their research interests and areas of expertise. The Affiliates and...
14
May
2015
Associate Professor Cris Brack from the Fenner School writes on the Forestry Masters programs at the Fenner School, for The Forester - a publication of the Institute of Foresters...
30
Apr
2018
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. Lead researcher Professor...
27
Apr
2018
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 water-related...
10
Apr
2018
While not illegal, rock-crushing has massive implications for the populations of native mammals, frogs and reptiles in agricultural areas, writes Dr Damian Michael of ANU Fenner...
10
Apr
2018
The Lesslie Endowment provides grants to ANU research students and has supported research into issues including evidence-based ecological management in protected areas, conserving...
06
Apr
2018
New research suggests some Australian ecosystems are more threatened than might be suggested by looking at vegetation loss alone, writes Dr Ayesha Tulloch (University of Sydney),...
21
Mar
2018
Canberra is globally unique as a planned city in a forest. As with many other elements of their design for the new capital, the Griffin’s vision of Canberra was ahead of its time...

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