The Biodiversity Research Group is a dynamic research team based at The University of Queensland, Australia with interests in conservation science and ecology. We are part of the Environmental Decisions Group and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. The Kark Group studies the patterns and processes shaping biodiversity and their implications for conservation in a changing world. Our research crosses multiple spatial scales, from global and continental to local. We apply “big data” analyses, spatial modelling and field work to explore a range of conservation and ecological questions.
We are studying biodiversity changes along species distribution ranges and particularly in areas of sharp environmental transition (also termed ecotones) and across environmental and ecological gradients (such as altitudinal, latitudinal, urban-rural, land-sea and bathymetric gradients).
In this new NESP project, we aim to examine spatial patterns and processes, as well as management strategies of invasive and threatened vertebrates across Australia’s large near-shore populated islands. We will work on islands of all Australian states, aiming to bring together managers and experts to share their successes and experience across regions.