Why investigate biodiversity conservation with RIEL?
North Australia & SE Asia’s outstanding biodiversity is of global importance
Habitats here, including monsoon vine thickets, stone country, mangroves and billabongs, are often still poorly understood
Biodiversity is key to ecosystem processes and services, and supports many industries and livelihoods
Biodiversity and conservation
RIEL strives to make a real-world impact. We collaborate and engage with a wide range of research and industry partners, ensuring that our research contributes to the sustainable management of tropical and arid ecosystems.
Indigenous partnerships are an intrinsic part of our research approach.
Our work includes:
- Aligning Australia’s threatened species assessments with global standards;
- Identifying major drivers of species threat and extinction, for improved management;
- Improving conservation and management of threatened marine species, including sharks and rays;
- Researching climate change adaptation of threatened species beyond their normal home range;
- Predicting ecological impacts of climate change on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in northern Australia and globally;
- Understanding growth performance and physiological range of weed species for targeted management;
- Reconstructing eco-hydrological function of woodlands at mine sites;
- Developing innovative technologies and analysis techniques to understand land use and climate change impacts on native flora and fauna;
- Assessing the ecological response of native birds and mammals to fire management regimes.