Managing natural environments to conserve biodiversity

Maintaining essential ecological processes, biodiversity and environmental quality is central to human survival and development.  Understanding how to manage natural environments so that humans can continue to benefit from biodiversity underpins all our research.

Our researchers contribute to natural ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, protected area management, biodiversity offsetting and conservation policy. We unite biophysical and social sciences to align the technical, legal, policy and management factors which are needed to address environmental issues effectively.

Interacting with other UQ research centres, collaborating institutions, industry and governments around the world, the School’s multidimensional expertise has attracted high demand for environmental policy and planning input within Australia and internationally. The innovative models we’re developing for conserving natural environments are already impacting positively on agriculture, fisheries, mining, and urban industries, as well as on the communities reliant on these activities to sustain present and future generations.