Ecology is a cornerstone area of research for GeneCology. Researchers study the ecology, population genetics and conservation strategies for rare species, endangered plants and vertebrates. Linked to this is work in restoration ecology, maintenance of biodiversity, habitat fragmentation and invasion biology. Researchers have developed novel techniques for monitoring plant and wildlife populations, and the conduct of flora and fauna inventories.
Animal and insect behaviour and physiology is studied within the context of ecological systems. Research is being conducted on:
- the ecology of Australian carnivorous marsupials and owls.
- insect-plant interactions
- insect chemical and reproductive ecology
- stingless bees, resin, propolis and seed dispersal
- Professor Helen Wallace
- Dr Steven Ogbourne
- Dr Scott Burnett
- Dr Alison Shapcott
- Dr Helen Nahrung
- Dr Celine Frere
- Dr Gabriel Conroy
- Dr Shahla Hosseini Bai
Ecology research publications are available on the USC Research Bank.