Tropical forests are being felled, burned, logged, and over-hunted at alarming rates, and increasingly suffer from harmful climatic change – jeopardising much of the world’s biodiversity and emitting dangerous greenhouse gases. Under this Theme, we are addressing many of the direct anthropogenic threats to tropical ecosystems and biota and actively searching for strategies to help reduce those threats.

Geographically, our research focuses on tropical Australia, a wide array of locales in our neighbouring Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere including the Amazon Basin, Andes, and tropical Africa. We focus on understanding mounting threats such as forest fragmentation, road and infrastructure expansion, and destabilising synergisms between climate change and fire. We are also engaged in devising practical solutions to these challenges, such as carbon-trading to promote forest conservation, strategies to improve the viability of protected areas, and international measures to combat illegal logging.

In addition to our research and policy missions, we are working vigorously to influence the general public, popular media and a range of environmental decision makers. Our goal is not just cutting-edge research, but effecting positive changes to advance nature conservation, sustainable development and public awareness.

Theme members

Prof Bill Laurance

Theme Leader

Prof Bill Laurance

Dr Sandra Abell

Dr Sandra Abell

Dr Mohammed Alamgir

Dr Mohammed Alamgir

Dr Mason Campbell

Dr Mason Campbell

Dr Alex Cheesman

Dr Alex Cheesman

Dr Brad Congdon

Dr Brad Congdon

Prof Darren Crayn

Prof Darren Crayn

Dr Miriam Goosem

Dr Miriam Goosem

Dr Ro Hill

Dr Ro Hill

Prof Andrew Krockenberger

Prof Andrew Krockenberger

Dr Lori Lach

Dr Lori Lach

A/Prof Michael Liddell

A/Prof Michael Liddell

Prof Jonathan Lloyd

Prof Jonathan Lloyd

Dr Tobin Northfield

Dr Tobin Northfield

Dr Petina Pert

Dr Petina Pert

Dr Anna Pintor

Dr Anna Pintor

Dr Noel Preece

Dr Noel Preece

Dr April Reside

Dr April Reside

A/Prof Michael Rowland

A/Prof Michael Rowland

Dr Tasmin Rymer

Dr Tasmin Rymer

Dr Sean Sloan

Dr Sean Sloan

A/Prof Scott Smithers

A/Prof Scott Smithers

Dr Dagmar Meyer Steiger

Dr Dagmar Meyer Steiger

Dr Penny Van Oosterzee

Dr Penny Van Oosterzee

Dr Chris Wurster

Dr Chris Wurster

Dr Mark Ziembicki

Dr Mark Ziembicki