Our mission is excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, to inform innovative solutions to environmental issues, and to shape the next generation of leaders for a sustainable future.

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About us

Professor Ian Woodrow
Head of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences

The School of Ecosystem and Forest Science embraces a wide range of disciplines in the study of ecosystem processes and ecosystem management. Staff and students work in urban, rural, and wildland settings in Australia and across the world.

What we do

Our goal is to innovate in teaching, research and engagement. We collaborate widely across the University and beyond. We work in partnership with policy makers, practitioners and communities to generate knowledge that is relevant and useful for decision-making.

Our history and future

Disciplines within the School have a long history in Victoria, with teaching and research in horticulture at Burnley Campus extending back to 1891 and forestry at Creswick Campus back to 1910.

We built on these foundations in 2015 to form a modern and future-oriented academic group. We have a breadth of experience and capacity to address environmental issues such as climate change, bushfires, urban sustainability, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, invasive species and biosecurity threats.

Our places

School staff are located on three University campuses, Parkville, Burnley and Creswick, with excellent facilities for study and research, in the heart of Melbourne and in rural Victoria.

We are collegial, responsible and collaborative. We acknowledge the deep links between people and country in Aboriginal culture and the knowledge and understanding that indigenous communities across the world bring to the study of ecosystems and their management.

Our values

We conduct our research and engagement with integrity and respect, and we embrace diversity and inclusion in our community. We aim to maintain strong connections with our many alumni.

As a potential student, researcher, or collaborator, you are very welcome to visit us and learn more about our activities.