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Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) © Robert Blanken

We're interested in how the changing world is affecting biodiversity, and what we can do to help conserve it. We ask questions at big scales, in both space and time, taking advantage of the increasing availability of big ecological datasets. Some of our work has included modelling how climate change will affect the distribution of Arctic species, assessing how well protected areas (like national parks and nature reserves) affect waterbird species across the world, and developing new methodologies to help conservationists make better decisions. We have a particular interest in the polar regions, with projects in both the Arctic and Antarctic. 

Our work extends beyond academia and we have collaborated many government and non-government organisations, including The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), WWF, Wetlands International, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Australian Antarctic Division.

For more information about both current and past projects, see the Research page. 

© Robert Blanken
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