The Ecosystem Security Research team does high quality, interdisciplinary research in theoretical and applied ecology and provides multi-scale information for conservation of natural resources. Key research areas include:
- the sustainable management of water, vegetation, fisheries and wildlife
- the impacts of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; the role of vegetation in mitigating airborne pollutants
- ecological impacts of non-native species; ecology, behaviour, physiology, and evolution of a plants and animals
- conservation biology.
Team members deliver excellence in teaching and research training, with a focus on practice-oriented, globally relevant and research-focused subjects to equip graduates with workplace relevant professional skills and attributes. The Team is dedicated to encouraging and facilitating sustainability for humanity by informing, engaging and inspiring people to make a difference.
Dr Jonathan Webb, Team Leader
Jonathan is a wildlife ecologist with interests in conservation biology, wildlife management, animal behaviour, and physiological and behavioural ecology. His current research focuses on restoring habitats for reptiles, mitigating the impacts of cane toads on northern quolls.
Professor David Booth
David Booth is Professor of Marine Ecology UTS, and President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. He has published over 100 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries, in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, and studies how tropical fish travel down the East Australian Current.
Professor Derek Eamus
Derek leads the Terrestrial Ecohydrology Research Group at UTS, which has three major research projects funded by the ARC, TERN, OzFlux, Google and other sources.
Dr Andy Leigh
Plants are subject to many stresses, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions, which dominate the Australian continent. Unpredictable rainfall and extreme high temperatures are primary stressors in these regions, particularly when they occur together. Andy’s research group works at a range of levels to investigate how plants cope with such stress.
Dr Simon Mitrovic
Simon is an applied scientist focusing on freshwater ecology, environmental flows, toxic cyanobacteria and plant ecotoxicology and focuses on research relevant to government and industry needs. He teaches in aquatic ecology and stream and lake assessment.
Dr Brad Murray
Brad's ecological research focuses on three overlapping themes: the flammability of native and exotic plants, interactions between exotic plants and native flora and fauna, and vegetation responses to environmental gradients.
Dr Megan Phillips
Megan is the First Year Experience Coordinator for the Faculty of Science and the Subject Coordinator for 91107 The Biosphere and 91159 Environmental Remediation. Her scientific research interests include plant phenology, seed germination patterns, invasive species traitsplant phylogenetic relationships and phytoremediation.
Professor Graham Pyke
Graham has research interests in: foraging behaviour of organisms, especially those that feed on floral nectar; pollination biology of plants visited by such animals; population biology of frogs; frogs as environmental bio-indicators. Along with Paul Ehrlich, he has established Sustainability Central, which aims to promote sustainability for humanity.
Dr Daniel Ramp
Dan is Director of the UTS Centre for Compassionate Conservation, which includes a cross-disciplinary group of national and international researchers in science, law, business, sustainability, the arts and social sciences. His research subscribes to the guiding principles of compassionate conservation, a growing international movement.
Dr Fraser Torpy
Fraser’s research examines the relationship between plants and urban environmental quality. Fraser leads the Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group, which is currently working on testing and developing green wall technology and urban greening for the abatement of several forms of air pollution.
Dr Katherina Petrou
Katherina is a microalgal physiologist, with a specific interest in marine sulphur cycling and climate change impacts on marine productivity. Her research group investigates the role of sulphur in microalgal stress physiology and marine microbial interactions from the coral reefs to the Antarctic marine ecosystem.
Dr Rachael Nolan
Dr Rachael Nolan has a research background in plant ecophysiology and ecohydrology. Rachael also has skills in remote sensing and fire ecology. At UTS Rachael is working within the Terrestrial Ecohydrology Research Group led by Professor Derek Eamus, exploring the hydraulic strategies of co-occurring plants in semi-arid environments.
Dr Jennifer Donelson, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
Jennifer has broad interests in the ecology and early life history of marine fishes, as well as the potential for animals to cope with future climate change. Her research concentrates on understanding the importance and prevalence of developmental plasticity and transgenerational plasticity.
Dr Rebecca Fox, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Rebecca is a marine ecologist with research interests in behavioural ecology, animal movement ecology and applied marine conservation biology. Her work typically involves the use of biotelemetry to document the movements and behaviour of marine fishes in order to understand fundamental processes that impact on ecology and evolution.
Dr Nadia S. Santini
Dr Nadia S. Santini is an early-career researcher with a passion in Plant Biology. Nadia is originally from Mexico. In 2008, she was awarded a highly competitive Mexican Fellowship to undertake a PhD in Plant Ecology at The University of Queensland. Nadia's PhD research investigated Mangrove Wood Structure and Function.
Dr James Cleverly
Dr James Cleverly is associate director of the OzFlux national infrastructure facility (a part of TERN — the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network). His research background is in plant ecophysiology, ecohydrology, soil science, micrometeorology and climatology. As a member of the Terrestrial Ecohydrology Research Group led by Professor Derek Eamus, James is currently focused on dryland soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions in central Austalia and on groundwater-vegetation interactions in the Hunter Valley.
Leigh Martin is an ecologist with expertise on the impact of invasive exotic plant species on reptiles and amphibian assemblages. Leigh has a passion for conservation and he has expertise on issues such as water conservation and river protection, air quality, urban bushland conservation and other urban environment issues. Prior to joining UTS, Leigh worked a research officer and policy advisor for government ministers, and for the Total Environment Centre.
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