Our research ranks 'well above world standard.'
In the Australian Government's 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) framework, our ambitious research in Environmental Science and Ecological Applications have been rated at the highest possible level: 'well above world standard.'Find out more
Vulnerable bat species discovered at Sunshine Coast
During the Sunshine Coast council's 'Bioblitz' biodiversity survey on the Sunshine Coast, PhD student Anita Freudmann documented an Eastern blossom bat which had not been recorded in the Mary Cairncross rainforest reserve before. They weigh less than 20 grams, yet are important pollinators.Read the article at ABC News
Using plants as sensors for environmental change
Associate Professor Jennifer Firn led an international study which found that critical plant nutrients in leaves respond to fertilisation treatments as well as the climate and soils they are growing in. These findings give us another important tool for understanding the consequences of climate change on our life support systems.Find out more
Improving the Great Barrier Reef's water quality
Professor Peter Grace, leader of the Institute for Future Environments’ Managing for Resilient Landscapes research theme, is trialing the use of bioreactors on a sugar cane farm to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef.
Fruit Fly Research Group
We carry out strategic research which provides a scientific basis for the development of new or improved fruit fly controls.QUT Fruit Fly Research Group
Humans are undeniably reliant on nature and the services provided by ecosystems.
Globally, unsustainable land use has led to the degradation of many of these services and the loss of irreplaceable biodiversity.
Our discipline aims to discover scientifically robust solutions to Australia’s and the world’s most significant environmental challenges.
Associate Professor Jennifer Firn
Discipline LeaderAssociate Professor Jennifer Firn is a restoration ecologist who specializes in studying ecological theory and then linking these theoretical constructs to the practical management of grasslands and tropical forests.
Her driving motivation in her academic career is to find smarter, cheaper and more sustainable ways of restoring degraded plant communities, whether that be grasslands or forests.
Professor Anthony Clarke
Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and ManagementProfessor Anthony Clarke is the Professor and Chair of Fruit Fly Biology and Management.
Through the Fruit Fly Research Group, he partners with industry, government and other researchers to help solve the global biosecurity issues caused by these pests.
Dr Susan Fuller
Senior Lecturer in EcologyDr Susan Fuller has taught at QUT for 14 years with a record of high impact research that has brought in over $340,000 in research funding.
She holds a theme leadership position in IFE and has recently finished work on a journal article exploring the impact of traffic noises on urban forest soundscapes.
Professor Peter Grace
Professor of Global Change and Theme LeaderProfessor Peter Grace coordinates and lectures several units in the Sustainable Environments discipline. He also works within the Institute for Future Environments as leader of the research theme Managing for resilient landscapes.
Recently he has published a journal article exploring climate change adaptation projects in both Canada and Australia.
Dr Ramona Maggini
LecturerDr Ramona Maggini is an ecologist with expertise in geographic information systems, spatial analyses and species distribution modelling that she uses in spatial planning and decision-making for biodiversity conservation, in particular in the face of climate change.
She produced a first seminal report on a spatially-explicit adaptation strategy for Australia’s threatened species and she recently co-authored a journal article on the opportunities for biodiversity as cities adapt to climate change.
Dr Lucy Reading
LecturerDr Lucy Reading has experience in groundwater and unsaturated zone modelling, environmental regulation of the coal seam gas industry and soil and water chemistry.
She is currently leading a project in Mount Tamborine to assess the status of diminishing groundwater resources by creating a water level monitoring ‘snapshot’.
- Senior Lecturer in Ecology (Biosecurity)
- Division / Faculty
- Sustainable Environments,
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
- Research fields
- Ecological Applications
- Environmental Science and Management
- Agriculture, Land and Farm Management