Professional societies and organisations

The Ecological Society of Australia is the peak group of ecologists in Australia, with over 1500 members from all states and territories.

The Australian Mammal Society is an interdisciplinary society of biologists whose common interest is in the biology and conservation of Australian mammals. Research by members of the society spans a wide variety of biological disciplines including behavioural and community ecology, population genetics, management and conservation.

The Australasian Wildlife Management Society promotes the use of science to identify appropriate wildlife management principles and practices, to develop plans of management and to implement and review these plans within a social, environmental, economic and political context.

Research groups

The Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University aims to address the fundamental question: how does life react to change on both short and long time scales? The centre’s research falls into three overlapping focal areas: long-term evolutionary change, population and community responses, and direct impacts on individuals.

The Landscape Ecology Research Group is based in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University. The group’s research spans a range of landscapes in south-eastern Australia, with a focus on understanding how natural processes, human land-use and landscape change affect the status and conservation of native flora and fauna.

Ecology and biodiversity blogs and collaborator’s websites

Get into the Wild: Deakin Environmental Science is the official tumblog of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University. From getting up close and personal with a long-nosed potoroo to observing penguins and surveying koalas, studying environmental science at Deakin University means going to wild places and experiencing wild creatures.

Espresso Science is a popular science blog. Described as ‘shots of science, full of flavour’, it accompanies snappy science segments on Melbourne’s community radio station Triple R. Oh, and it just happens to be written by my very talented wife, Dr Jenny Martin!

Conservation Bytes is Professor Corey Bradshaw’s blog on conservation research. The site aims to highlight, discuss and critique the science of conservation that has demonstrated measurable, positive effects for global biodiversity.

Ideas for Sustainability is Professor Joern Fischers’s blog on the issues of sustainability and global change.

Ian Lunt’s Ecological Research Site is the academic website and blog of Associate Professor Ian Lunt, vegetation ecologist at Charles Sturt University.

Michael McCarthy’s Research is the website and blog of Dr Michael McCarthy, ARC Future Fellow in The School of Botany at The University of Melbourne. Mick develops, applies and evaluates mathematical models to assist environmental management. His research spans invasive and rare species, population dynamics, fire ecology, synthesis of ecological data, ecological indices, and environmental risk assessment.

Dynamic Ecology is the blog of Jeremy Fox, Associate Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Calgary. The blog is a ‘brain dump’ of Jeremy’s ideas, commentary, advice, and humour on all things related to population, community and evolutionary ecology.

The Contemplative Mammoth is a blog authored by ecologist and biogeographer Dr Jacquelyn Gill, a postdoctoral fellow at the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown University (Rhode Island, USA). Jacquelyn is interested in how landscapes change through space and time and how the combination of an interdisciplinary approach and a deep-time perspective can inform global change issues.

Biodiversity Revolution is a blog run by Professor Andy Lowe and his group, particularly Alison Jobling, at the University of Adelaide. The blog is dedicated to using technology to increase our rate of discovery of biodiversity and ecosystem processes, and to using science to ensure the continued survival of the planet’s species and ecosystems.

Strathbogie Range – Nature View is a blog with observations and issues concerning the natural history of  Victoria’s Strathbogie Ranges, written by locals Bertram Lobert and Janet Hagen.


Australia’s Best Ecology Blogs is a Facebook page that boasts a selection of the most entertaining and informative posts by Australian bloggers on ecology, biodiversity, natural history and sustainability. Curated by Associate Professor Ian Lunt.

Discovering Papua New Guinea’s Mountain Mammals is an open Facebook group devoted to conservation and research in PNG’s Torricelli Mountains.

The Deakin University Ecology Volunteer Register is a Facebook group for researchers looking for volunteers to work in the field, and for volunteers looking for field experience.

Frame Reactor is a graphic design, video and production studio that specialises in video production and motion graphics. Frame Reactor made the great videos for the Deakin University Research My World crowdfunding campaign.

ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the wildlife charity Wildscreen. Working with the world’s  best wildlife and environmental filmmakers and photographers, ARKive collects, curates, showcases and shares the world’s best wildlife imagery, and aims to inspire the global community to discover, value and protect the natural world.