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Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

Why choose RIEL?

  • 'Outstanding performance' in environmental science and management​, and ecology​

    2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking: 5

  • Performance above world standard in ecological applications

    2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking: 4

     

  • RIEL is ranked ‘High’ in engagement, impact and approach to impact

    2018 Engagement and Impact assessment (EI)​ ranking: High

     

Research

Postgraduate study

Consultancy services

Sam Banks, head and shoulders, with green vegetation behind
Professor Sam Banks

Director's message

Welcome to the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods. We host and offer internationally significant research initiatives, postgraduate study and consultancy services related to natural and human systems in northern Australia and neighbouring regions.

Our teaching and research excellence, collaborative approach, and dynamic staff and students are making a RIEL difference across the region.

I feel privileged to be supporting such achievements at this important time for the north and hope to work with you soon.

- RIEL Director, Prof. Sam Banks

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Our research areas

Biodiversity conservation

Communities and livelihoods

Savanna and arid ecology

Water and catchments

Undergraduate study

Many of our world-class researchers also teach into the Environmental Science bachelors degree and other programs. If you are interested in studying environmental science as an undergraduate or honours student, watch this video and then find out how to apply for CDU's Science, Environmental Science and Management courses.

How to apply

RIEL news

  • A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher will reignite the spark of conversation about the 2019-2020 Black Summer wildfires, and their impacts on biodiversity, at a major ecological conference this week.

    CDU expert delivers warning about dystopian future after Black Summer bushfires

    A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher will reignite the spark of conversation about the impact of the 2019-2020 Black Summer wildfires at a major ecological conference this week.

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  • Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods scientists at CDU plan to start a citizen science project that is one of the largest groundwater studies in the world.

    CDU plans for largest citizen science groundwater study in the world

    Resource limitations for research into Northern Australia’s groundwater has meant not a lot is known about systems, but a new Charles Darwin University (CDU) study will take a giant leap in our understand through citizen science.

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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) is continuing its push to attract Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students with a new multi-million-dollar scholarship fund.

    CDU investing in research with new three-year scholarships

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) is continuing its push to attract Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students with a new multi-million-dollar scholarship fund.

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