Urban areas are habitats for humans, but they are also home to a great diversity of non-human life. Because cities and towns are often established in areas that support high biodiversity, urbanisation can be a key threat to native species and ecological communities. Our research group studies the ecology of plants and animals in cities, and their interactions with each other and the urban environment. We also have a strong focus on conservation in urban areas, seeking better ways to build and manage cities for the many species that share them with us. Our areas of expertise include the ecology of plants, frogs, birds, bats, bugs, butterflies, grasslands, forests, soils, streams, rivers and the built environment.
Working with governments, conservation organisation and private landholders, we apply our research to help conserve key habitat features, ecological communities and native species in urban environments, and to maintain the important services that ecosystems provide to humans in cities. These services include clean air, clean water, pollination of food plants and a more comfortable climate.