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Queensland Government

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Sustainable Agricultural Environments Group

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University of Southern Queensland

The Group provides research and advice that will enable land managers and policymakers to maximise social, environmental and landholder benefits, while minimising the negative impacts of production and consumption. Research foci include: adaptation to climate change; the ecological functions of remnant and riparian vegetation; the ecology and management of invasive species, especially vertebrate species; the governance and management of small-scale forestry for multiple benefits; and the management and allocation of water for production and environmental purposes. The Group examines issues as part of socio-ecological systems, using teams that can include expertise in economics, ecology, spatial sciences, hydrology and social sciences.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Spatial analysis of vegetation condition
  • Evaluating ecosystem services from agricultural landscapes
  • Estimation of carbon sequestration in land use systems
  • Analysing forest governance systems
  • Ecology of vertebrate invasive species
  • Ecology of remnant and riparian vegetation
  • Analysing attitudes to agricultural and environmental issues
  • Hydrology of riparian systems in agricultural landscapes
  • Water quality

Facilities and major equipment

  • Environmental chemistry laboratory
  • Hydrology laboratory
  • Spatial science laboratory

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


Q5, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4350

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
6 September 2018