People just like you and me have caused a huge biodiversity crisis, pushing many species to the brink of extinction and beyond. Doing something about this is one of the most important and urgent problems globally.

We are a group of researchers headed by Richard Fuller and based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. We are studying how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. On the flip side, we are also keen to understand whether and how people can benefit positively from experiences of biodiversity.

To answer these questions we work on pure and applied topics in biodiversity and conservation, spanning the fields of conservation planning, conservation psychology and urban ecology. Much of our work is interdisciplinary, focusing on the interactions between people and nature, how these can be enhanced, and how these relationships can be shaped to converge on coherent solutions to the biodiversity crisis.

Formed in January 2010, we are a young and rapidly growing lab, publishing in high quality journals including Nature, Science, PLoS Biology, TREE, Proceedings B etc. Have a browse through the website to get a feel for the kind of work we do.

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Standing Left to Right: Veronica Gama, Si-liang Lin, Jeff Choo, Jeff Hanson, Muu Akasaka, Danielle Shanahan, Maddy Stigner, Dylan Moffitt, Jo Towsey, Rich Fuller

Sitting Left to Right: Bella Gama, Jeremy Ringma, Jimmy Choi, Lara Franco, Hsien-yung Lin, Emily Fuller, Claire Fuller, Hannah Wauchope, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, Jasmine Lee

  • Recent News

    • Australasian Shorebird Conference, 2018 In October 2018, a Fuller Lab team made up of Rich, post-doc Brad Woodworth, PhD student Micha Jackson and masters student Mint Ren headed to Hobart to attend the 2018 Australasian Shorebird Conference. This biannual event…
    • Crowdfunding biodiversity conservation Gallo-Cajiao E, Archibald C, Friedman R, Steven R, Fuller RA, Game ET, Morrison TH & Ritchie EG (2018) Crowdfunding biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 32, 1426-1435. Raising funds is critical for conserving biodiversity and hence so is scrutinizing…
    • The extirpation of species outside protected areas Boakes EH, Fuller RA & McGowan PJK (in press) The extirpation of species outside protected areas. Conservation Letters. Protected areas (PAs) are fundamental to conservation efforts but they are only part of a successful conservation strategy. We…
    • Restoring islands and identifying source populations for introductions Wauchope HS, Fuller RA, Shanahan DF & Shaw JD (in press) Restoring islands and identifying source populations for introductions. Conservation Biology. Conservation introductions, the intentional movement of species’ outside their natural range to achieve a conservation goal,…
    • Estimating the benefit of well-managed protected areas for threatened species conservation Kearney SG, Adams VM, Fuller RA, Possingham HP & Watson JEM (in press) Estimating the benefit of well-managed protected areas for threatened species conservation. Oryx. Protected areas are central to global efforts to prevent species extinctions, with…