Restore and maintain balance
in the natural environment

Learn about the environmental research that’s protecting biodiversity, developing our understanding of global warming and helping to keep man-made climate change in check.

The effects of industry and development are becoming increasingly apparent, from climate change, to the loss of environments, ecosystems and species.


The effects of industry and development are becoming increasingly apparent, from climate change, to the loss of environments, ecosystems and species.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, 85% of all species are listed as either ‘threatened’ or ‘endangered’ due to habitat loss.

What is UWA doing about this global issue?

At UWA, we have a host of research projects that
are aimed specifically at addressing these issues, including the business and commercial aspects
of these complex environmental problems.

  • Marine Science

    We are assessing human impacts on ocean sustainability and biodiversity, which involves everything, from monitoring changes in fish numbers and investigating the displacement of humpback whales, to analysing the ecological and economic benefits of marine sanctuaries.

  • Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology

    As our understanding of ecosystems and their degradation, conservation and restoration grows, so our research and projects become increasingly wide-ranging, encompassing: ecology and natural resource management, conceptual ecology, ecosystem restoration and the management of rare and threatened flora, right through to environmental policy.

  • Land and Water Management

    From water percolation and soil-water-crop dynamics, to surface chemistry, pesticide leaching and soil erosion, we’re addressing the challenge of managing and sustaining farming yields as escalating climate and rainfall variability threaten our farming systems.

  • Agricultural Resource Economics

    Our cutting-edge research into the economic and environmental effects of agricultural activities is informing the actions of governments and farming communities alike. Our work spans environmental economics, natural resource management, the economics of non-renewable resources and energy, food systems, agribusiness, and agricultural economics and policies.

  • Biodiversity Conservation

    How is global change affecting biodiversity, ecological resilience and natural ecosystems? With our research in the fields of conservation biology, forest fragmentation, insect ecology and population dynamics, we’re seeking to address this question and the key challenge of protecting biodiversity – a big issue that calls for big research projects, like our recent survey of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • Fire Management

    The research and dynamic models we’ve developed to understand multi-scale patterns in ecological processes and fire regime impacts are informing vital fire management decisions, factoring in 'ecological memory' on local and landscape patterns to improve vital management decisions and environmental outcomes.

More Environment projects

Dr Julian Clifton

Resilience and vulnerability within coral reef dependent communities in Seychelles

Small island developing states are often characterised by a high dependency on marine resources, necessitating the careful and appropriate management of marine activities to ensure that these are used in a sustainable manner. Seychelles is a prime example of this, with the economy largely dependent on coastal and marine tourism…

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Assoc. Prof. Matthew Hipsey

Understanding the degradation and recovery of aquatic systems

Across both developed and developing nations, aquatic systems are relied upon for provision of services to humanity and most have experienced a fundamental shift in their biogeochemical function. Understanding the resilience of aquatic ecosystem function and thresholds of change is critical to support our ongoing restoration efforts. The long- term…

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Asst. Prof. Morteza Chalak

Health impact of bushfire smoke and the willingness to pay to reduce it

Increase in bushfire smoke decreases air quality and has negative health impacts.  This research assesses people’s willingness pay in order to control bushfire smoke and reduce its health risks. Invasion of gamba grass in the Northern Territory increases fire fuel and bushfire smoke. Increase in bushfire smoke decreases air quality…

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