Our mission is to describe the many and varied patterns in the distributions, abundances and diversity of terrestrial vertebrates, and to understand the processes that create and shape them. This quest is driven by our fascination with the richness of vertebrate life and the systems that sustain it, and by the imperative to conserve and manage what we can in a world that is impacted increasingly by human activity.
We focus our major efforts in the Australasian region because the conservation challenges here are so urgent. We recognise and emphasise the fundamental importance of teaching and learning in ecology. We seek solutions by applying excellence in ecological research and training, by collaborating with research partners within and outside the university, and by engaging the broader community.