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The Centre for Ecosystem Management is one of ECU’s most productive research centres. Our researchers have diverse research interests that include 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.

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The rainbow bee-eater is one of the most beautiful birds in Australia. Photo by Jennie Stock. Thumbnail

Stunner doesn’t mind getting down and dirty

The Rainbow Bee-eater is a sight to behold, gracing the sky with its splendid plumage of dazzling golden, emerald, and sapphire plumage, and bright red eyes.

A fat-tailed dunnart captured during fauna surveys at Charles Darwin Reserve. The pink mark on the ear is a temporary mark used for population studies. Photo credit: Joe Krawiec. Thumbnail

Pint-sized marsupial punches above its weight

The fat-tailed dunnart might look cute but the mouse-sized marsupial’s harmless exterior belies a ferocious spirit – they’ve been known to kill snakes and other predators when cornered.

Splendid fairy wrens like this one will be adversely impacted by the spread of dieback through Banksia woodlands according to new ECU Research. Thumbnail

Birds at risk from dieback

Native birds are a little known victim of dieback in the South West of Western Australia according to a new study by ECU researchers.

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