“Extinction rates soar, and the texture of life changes.

Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

To a great extent humans dominate current ecological and evolutionary processes. As a consequence there is a growing slice of biodiversity that is forever lost to extinction. At the same time, another slice of biodiversity rides the wave of globalization expanding its presence and influence across the globe. These dual trends profoundly transform global biodiversity, producing ecological and evolutionary outcomes that are only just beginning to come into focus.

Our group documents and explores this transition in biodiversity using a variety of inter-disciplinary research techniques, seeking to apply our insights to the task of conserving and sustainably managing valuable ecosystems.

Our research in the News


 Oliver’s dissertation research on the release of exotic pets that can often become invasive species has been the subject of several news articles, including these appearing in the Australian Broadcast Company News and Cosmos Magazine.



Julie has taken a Senior Associate Editor position with the journal Conservation Letters, the leading journal in the field. The journal publishes empirical and theoretical research with significant implications for the conservation of biological diversity.

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Where will the brood parasitic pin-tailed whydah establish in North America?  Rob Crystal-Ornelas' dissertation research provides key insights into the answer as highlighted in Science and published in The Condor.  Rob's research has also made it to the New York Times!

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Our research on using eDNA as a powerful tool to survey for insect pests when they are very rare as published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment was highlighted within Scientific American.  (Photo:  Anne Neilsen)


Congratulations to Dr. Oliver Stringham, the newest graduate of our lab group. Best of luck in your post-doc at the University of Adelaide!