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ARCUE to close, but the legacy lives on

For the past 18 years the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE) has made both a significant and remarkable contribution to evolution of the field of Urban Ecology in Australia. Regrettably, due to a lack of sustainable funding, ARCUE will cease operations on 31 December 2016. Established in 1998, ARCUE was an innovative initiative […]

Dr Andrew Hamer Interviewed by ABC Radio in Regards to Frog Ecology Forum

Dr Andrew Hamer Interviewed by ABC Radio in Regards to Frog Ecology Forum

Dr. Andrew Hamer was guest speaker at the Frog Ecology Forum hosted by Macedon Ranges Shire Council on 16 April 2016. The Forum revolved around mitigating the impacts of development on the threatened Growling Grass Frog, and how this might translate to protecting other frog species. There was a strong emphasis on mitigating the impacts […]

An International Groundswell of Urban Ecology

Urban ecology research has been receiving major attention at international conferences this year, as evidenced by the recent Nature report “Ecologists embrace their urban side”, which highlights the large focus on urban ecosystems at the recent Ecological Society of America conference in Baltimore USA. ARCUE staff attending the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE)  world […]

‘Biodiversity under threat as Melbourne’s grasslands become suburbs’ – interview with Mark McDonnell on grasslands, The Age

ARCUE’s Director Mark McDonnell was interviewed for an article in The Age (also in the Canberra Times and the Sydney Morning Herald) about recent research on Australian native plants at risk of extinction, in particular grasslands. Despite just 2 per cent of original grasslands between Melbourne and Adelaide still remaining, with more under threat from […]

In the future, will we build cities for wildlife and design the countryside for people?

Amy Hahs recently published an essay on ‘In the future, will we build cities for wildlife and design the countryside for people?‘ on The Nature of Cities website. The blog describes her recent encounters with the “continuum of urbanity”, the mechanisms of ecological adaptation that allow organisms to respond to urban environments, and the links […]

ARCUE’s Director, Mark McDonnell, appointed Editor-in-Chief for the new Journal of Urban Ecology

ARCUE’s Director, Mark McDonnell, has recently been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief for a brand new urban ecology journal to be published by Oxford University Press (OUP). Journal of Urban Ecology is an Open Access journal that will publish freely accessible high-quality research examining the issues of current rapid urbanisation for both developed and developing countries. […]

Ecological Society of Australia- Urban Ecology Chapter

This is a note to  update you on where we are in our journey to establish an Urban Ecology Chapter within the Ecological Society of Australia. We currently have 43 members on our mailing list, which is fantastic start!  Through discussions with many of you, three simple options have been identified which can be used […]