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 image

Theme Leader

Prof Bill Laurance

Dr Sandra Abell image

Dr Sandra Abell

Dr Mohammed Alamgir image

Dr Mohammed Alamgir

Dr Mason Campbell image

Dr Mason Campbell

Dr Alex Cheesman image

Dr Alex Cheesman

Dr Brad Congdon image

Dr Brad Congdon

Prof Darren Crayn image

Prof Darren Crayn

Dr Miriam Goosem image

Dr Miriam Goosem

Dr Ro Hill image

Dr Ro Hill

Prof Andrew Krockenberger image

Prof Andrew Krockenberger

Dr Lori Lach image

Dr Lori Lach

A/Prof Michael Liddell image

A/Prof Michael Liddell

Prof Jonathan Lloyd image

Prof Jonathan Lloyd

Dr Tobin Northfield image

Dr Tobin Northfield

Dr Petina Pert image

Dr Petina Pert

Dr Anna Pintor image

Dr Anna Pintor

Dr Noel Preece image

Dr Noel Preece

A/Prof Michael Rowland image

A/Prof Michael Rowland

Dr Tasmin Rymer image

Dr Tasmin Rymer

Dr Sean Sloan image

Dr Sean Sloan

A/Prof Scott Smithers image

A/Prof Scott Smithers

Dr Dagmar Meyer Steiger image

Dr Dagmar Meyer Steiger

Dr Penny Van Oosterzee image

Dr Penny Van Oosterzee

Dr Chris Wurster image

Dr Chris Wurster

Dr Mark Ziembicki image

Dr Mark Ziembicki