Deakin supports one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our ecologists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change.
Detailed research is enlarging understanding of Australia’s parrots, turtles, kangaroos, and many other animal and plant species – and building complex knowledge about their interconnectedness.
Marine researchers have developed the purpose-built research vessel “Yolla” – which houses the most advanced sonar system in the world – and have created a detailed continuous map of sea floor habitats of the entire coast of Victoria. This data is playing a key role in supporting fishery and conservation management of the state’s marine environments.
The global aquaculture industry is also being supported by our nutritionists, who are investigating the effect of farmed fish diets on human nutrition – of crucial significance, given the global shortage of appropriate fish food.
In the agricultural sphere, a team of experts is focussing on designing smarter technologies to solve productivity problems. In consultation with farmers, scientists are developing sophisticated lab-on-a-chip technology to optimise livestock health. Water management advice is also being provided to farmers and rural planners across the nation and internationally, as countries seek new responses to population growth and climate change.
At the international level, researchers at the newly-expanded TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre in India are working with their colleagues in Australia to develop solutions to global issues such as food security for growing populations in changing climates, sustainable agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.