Welcome to the website of the Landscape Ecology Research Group. We’re based in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Our members are also part of the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University.
Our research spans a range of landscapes in south-eastern Australia, with a focus on understanding how natural processes, human land-use and landscape change affect the status and conservation of native flora and fauna. Our work is applied in nature, usually carried out in association with land management agencies, and has a goal of providing new insights and a more informed basis for land management and biodiversity conservation.
In recent years, we have been particularly interested in understanding how the properties of ‘whole’ landscapes influence the distribution and status of biota. We’re applying this approach to fragmented agricultural landscapes (Landscape Pattern Project, Resilience Project) and in landscapes modified by fire in semi-arid (Mallee Fire and Biodiversity Project) and forested environments (Box-Ironbark Experimental Mosaic Burning Project).
Along the way, we’ve also undertaken a range of studies on threatened species (Squirrel Glider, White-browed Treecreeper), woodland and forest bird communities, bats, small terrestrial mammals, and the way they respond to landscape change. You’ll find more about our members, past members and their PhD projects, collaborators, projects and publications as you explore these pages.