The relationships between microbes, plants and animals and their environment lies at the base of a detailed understanding of ecosystems. CEM researchers have a range of diverse research interests that enable them to investigate inland and coastal ecosystems, arid and semi-arid environments, forests and woodlands, wetlands and other landscapes. Researchers in the Centre explore the landscape ecology of urban, rural and regional habitats in Western Australia. Particular expertise lies in contemporary and historical ecohydrology. Plants have physiological characteristics that are associated with water availability, which can allow some species to persist under hotter, drier conditions. Understanding the physiology of iconic plant species is essential to increasing our knowledge of the relationships between water availability (particularly groundwater) and the health of the ecological communities. Such knowledge is sought for the biodiverse Banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain bioregion. Conducting research into these characteristics will inform the revegetation and management of Banksia woodland under an increasingly drier climate.
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