QAEco acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we live and work, across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. Sovereignty was never ceded; these lands always were, and always will be, the lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Our Philosophy

We are the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Research Group (QAEco), based in the School of Agriculture, Food, and Ecosystem Sciences at the University of Melbourne. QAEco is a diverse group of individuals who pursue a range of research topics in ecology. In our work we tackle issues from the pressing - such as climate change and conservation - to the fundamental - such as population- and individual-level processes.

Inclusiveness is at the heart of our philosophy; we believe that diverse teams are better equipped to address environmental and scientific problems. We value the richness brought to our community and our research by our diversity of ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, nationalities and cultural backgrounds. We represent various socio-economic circumstances, as well as physical ability and mental health, and have diverse parenting, care-taking and other responsibilities outside of work. We value our range of skills and academic styles, and seek to make our group a cohesive and inclusive space for everyone to learn, work and flourish in.

If you’d like to learn more about the research areas we work in, visit our About Our Work page.

Learn more about our members and find researchers to collaborate with on our People page.

If you are interested in working with us, visiting the lab or collaborating on a research project, find your potential collaborator on the People page and contact them directly.

Prospective students can find details about applying for a course and what to send to potential supervisors on the Prospective Students page.

(Clockwise from top left) Peter Vesk, fern, no date; Emily McColl-Gausden, 2021; Pia Lentini, Gould’s wattled bat Chalinolobus gouldii, no date; Sandra Penman, foothills forest, no date; Pia Lentini, Leadbeater’s fieldwork, 2018; Alys Young, Malleefowl monitoring in Little Desert NP, 2018; Islay McDougall, Cobboboonee NP half-burnt, 2021.
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Photo credits: (home page) Top image Alys Young, Malleefowl monitoring in Little Desert NP, Victoria, 2018; Bottom image Islay McDougall, Bael Bael ute, 2021. (Prospective Students page) Top image K Knights, Murray Sunset NP, 2018.