Members of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre study marine and terrestrial ecosystems ranging from deserts to rainforests and coral reefs to Antarctic waters. E&ERC study plants, reptiles, insects, microbes, birds, fish, spiders and mammals, including humans. Research has important implications for conservation of the world's natural ecosystems.
Statistical methods to study the uncertainty in environmental models for supporting decision making in complex systems are developed. The study of the interactions between humans and the environment is considered, in terms of the impact of human activities on the environment and the effects of environmental changes on human life.
The digital revolution creates opportunities to use big data and modern technologies to provide insight into important ecological questions. The Eco-Stats Research group is a world-leader at the interface between ecology and statistics, pioneering 21st century tools to study species distribution, ecological communities, and potential response to climate change.