The Centre for Ecosystem Management is associated with ECU’s School of Natural Sciences. The centre was established in 1995 by the University, to combine a broad range of environmental skills within a professional service which provides theoretical, practical and appropriate solutions to environmental problems and issues. This is reflected in the centre's mission and objectives.
The Centre for Ecosystem Management is a centre of research excellence within the University and a leader of ecological research within Australia. Our members share research interests in freshwater ecosystems, ecological water requirements, conservation biology, ecophysiology, semi-arid environments, the ecology of forests and woodlands and the cultural ecology of wetlands and other landscapes.
Research is applied to resolving problems of habitat degradation, mine site rehabilitation, pollution, forest management, threatened species and cultural perceptions of the environment. Centre members work closely with industry and government partners and have strong collaborative research programs with colleagues at other universities in Western Australia.
Our staff and postgraduate students are able to integrate teaching and research experience. This brings together strong research skills, experience, and performance of individual researchers, forming unique collaborative programs that emphasise a holistic approach to managing natural features of the environment.
Our approach creates a niche that is otherwise unfilled across other Western Australian academic institutions.