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

Prof. Gary Kendrick,
Dr. John Statton

Overcoming critical recruitment bottlenecks limiting seedling establishment in degraded seagrass ecosystems

Seagrass ecosystems are global providers of critical ecological processes in coastal ecosystems. Restoration of degraded systems is central to recovering these processes, but success has been elusive. Seagrass literature shows few programs successfully incorporate seeds to restore areas despite seeds representing a sustainable alternative to vegetative transplants. The high rates…

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Prof. Marit E. Kragt

Payments for environmental services in Lao PDR

Paying local landholders to provide environmental services (PES) has been recognised by the Government of Lao PDR as a prospective mechanism for achieving forestry, conservation and livelihood goals. However, the practicalities of how to implement PES schemes in the Lao PDR context are yet unknown. Investigating the practical application of…

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Prof. Craig Lawrence

Breeding rare and endangered endemic fish species

The southwest region of Australia is recognised by Conservation International as one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots and by WWF as one of the Earth’s 53 most biologically outstanding freshwater habitats. The southwest rivers and streams in Australia are one of 28 freshwater habitats identified by WWF as a Global…

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