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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.