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We are researching better ways to conserve biodiversity and key ecosystem services in production landscapes, including solutions to weed control, multi-use forest restoration, and challenging land management decisions.

Many of the ecosystem functions that humans need to survive are provided by richly diverse ecosystems, such as oxygen production, water filtration, nutrient cycling, pollination, and carbon sequestration. Globally, unsustainable land use has led to the degradation of many valuable ecosystems and the loss of irreplaceable biodiversity. We are passionately committed to developing a better understanding of how the loss of native biodiversity impacts on ecosystems and subsequently finding better ways to bring it back.

This landscape picture could be taken from any continent, except Antarctica. These same land-use practices have been used across the globe. We are good at these practices, but how could we be better at building resilience and increasing long-term sustainability?

This landscape picture could be taken from any inhabited continent. These same land-use practices have been replicated globally. As a society we are accomplished at these practices, but how could we be better at building resilience and increasing long-term sustainability? This is the fundamental question at the heart of our research projects.

We are actively researching: priority threat management of invasive plants and animals, identifying the mechanisms which facilitate opportunities for invasive plants , bottom-up (soil nutrients) and top-down (herbivory) controls on plant species diversity in grassland communities, quantifying the complex role between biodiversity and ecosystem functions in grasslands (Darling Downs QLD, Bega, NSW), rainforests (Leyte island, Philippines) and eucalypt forests (Logan City, QLD) to improve restoration efforts, understanding the complex traits that determine whether a plant species is abundant or rare, and the population level significance of plant phenotypic plasticity in response to disturbance.

Follow this link to a website detailing our new direct seeding project called Tulipwood

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