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RIEL’s research aims to improve our understanding and management of natural and human systems in northern Australia, the near Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Our scientists are exploring these resources and their interconnections, informing debate and decisions in government, industry and the community.

We adopt a multidisciplinary and participatory approach, working with partners from all sectors to co-design and deliver research for impact.

Our research areas

Biodiversity conservation

Communities and livelihoods

Savanna and arid ecology

Water and catchments

Mangrove sampling

Research groups

RIEL’s Research Groups provide a mechanism for pursuing research excellence, building partnerships and supporting postgraduate students. They foster purposeful, collaborative and dynamic research environments.

Groups are led by RIEL’s senior academics, and typically include post-doctoral researchers, PhD students and often Masters or Honours students.

Groups work on a wide range of topics and projects of regional, national and international significance, usually via interdisciplinary and multi-sector collaborations.

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RIEL projects

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    Research projects

    RIEL runs and contributes to an enormous range of projects. Check some of them out via the ‘Research groups’ above, via the ‘Current postgraduate projects’ tab and through our ‘Research areas’ pages. 

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    Available postgraduate projects

    Are you interested in doing a research project? If so, find out what projects we have available. If you’d rather bring your own idea, simply contact a supervisor working in that area.

    What's on offer
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    Current postgraduate projects

    RIEL currently supports over 50 PhD student projects, and more Masters by Research and Honours projects.

    What we're researching