QAEco work on a range of topics, species and locations related to ecosystem management. Overall, we are committed to research regarding conservation and management decisions. We are passionate about modelling using a range of methods to understand more about the natural world. The topics highlighted below are a broad overview of our work. While we are based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia our projects are located throughout Australia and with many international collaborations.
We are passionate about conservation. We undertake fieldwork to understand management implications and apply the principles of our other research themes to threatened species and communities.
We develop, test and apply methods for predicting species distributions and abundance. Our research in population modelling is broad with topics ranging from theoretical, mathematical and management applications, particularly for threatened species, invasive species, fire, or scenario planning such as climate change.
We work on a range of monitoring related projects, including optimal monitoring design, occupancy and detection, long-term trend analysis, and emerging conservation technologies.
We investigate the traits of Eucalyptus species to understand generalisations of the traits, predictings distributions, habitat suitability and susceptibility to pressures such as droughts.
We investigate how the decision making can be best informed by science using structured decision-making, prioritisation and optimisation.
Related to the MetaMelb lab, we study the science of how science is done. This is called metaresearch or metascience, and is important in understanding credibility, replicability and reproducibility of scientific claims.
We are working with Indigenous communities to embed their desires and values into research and weaving different knowledges together to enhance conservation.
We address fundamental questions about the combined impacts of consumption, climate change and land use change on biodiversity to inform mitigation and adaptation measures for climate change and biodiversity loss.