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

    • Impacts of fishing, river flow and connectivity loss on the conservation of a migratory fish population Lin H-Y, Brown CJ, Dwyer RG, Harding DJ, Roberts DT, Fuller RA, Linke S & Possingham HP (2018) Impacts of fishing, river flow and connectivity loss on the conservation of a migratory fish population. Aquatic Conservation,…
    • NEWS FLASH: World's protected areas being rapidly destroyed by humanity May 18, 2018 A University of Queensland-led international study published today in the prestigious journal Science shows that one-third of the land within Earth’s terrestrial protected area estate has been severely modified by human activities. Lead author Kendall…
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    • UQ, NUS and NParks meet in Singapore to strengthen collaborative ties Researchers from UQ, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff from the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), met in Singapore on February 8-9 2018…
    • Biodiversity and China’s new Great Wall Choi C-Y, Jackson MV, Gallo-Cajiao E, Murray NJ, Clemens RS, Gan X & Fuller RA (2018) Biodiversity and China’s new Great Wall. Diversity and Distributions, 24, 137-143. Tweet Coastal armouring and the reclamation of intertidal areas through the…