This strand focuses on the natural environment and works in close association with Environmentally Sensitive and Resilient Communities. As natural resources are finite and biodiversity is declining, this strand aims to protect nature by studying it, finding innovative remedies to environmental degradation, and improving management practices for all environments.  

The key contact for Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience is Associate Professor S. "Topa" Petit, Associate Professor: UniSA STEM.

We conduct world-renown transdisciplinary research and provide services in:

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    Water resources management

    Rural and urban hydrology | Stormwater management | Flood forecasting and management | Irrigation | Forest water accounting | Alternative water supplies | Water-sensitive urban design | Wastewater management | Water quality monitoring 


    The Light River in an agricultural landscape (photo: S. Petit)

    Water Research @ UniSA
    is a leader in the fields of: catchment hydrology and urban stormwater management; drinking water quality, treatment and modelling; and wastewater treatment and reuse, for broad-scale public and environmental benefits. Examples of capacity include:

    • Urban stormwater management,
    • Management and modelling of water resources for urban development and agriculture/forestry,
    • Stormwater management practices,
    • Irrigation with recycled industrial and aquaculture wastewater,
    • Measurement and optimisation of irrigation for small-scale urban food production,
    • Prediction models and software for intensive horticultural practices, and
    • Models and software (WTC-Coag) for optimised and target treatment of raw source waters for potable supplies.
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    Ecology and biodiversity conservation

    Wildlife ecology | Restoration ecology | Ecosystem services | Sustainable agriculture | Plant community ecology | Invasive species | Climate change refugia | Island biology | Marine ecology | Conservation biology and management 


    Bushfire recovery research conducted by the Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation group includes nest box supplementation (Photo: S. Petit).

    The experienced team of Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation has particular strengths in island biology, species interactions, and multidisciplinary approaches to ecosystem resilience.

    • Works on Pacific, Caribbean, and Australian islands as well as the Australian mainland.
    • Is involved in monitoring, restoration, and improving ecosystem and organism resilience in diverse environments.
    • Covers broad research base in plant ecology from ecophysiology to pollination.
    • Works closely with human dimensions of environmental management and geospatial science.
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    Geospatial sciences

    Geodata acquisition | Processing, management and analysis of geographic data | Cartographic representation and publishing of geodata | Cadastral surveying


    Mapping grasstrees after the bushfires on Kangaroo Island will help to understand their role in wildlife recovery (photo: S. Petit).

    Geospatial Research @ UniSA
    with strengths in satellite remote sensing and LiDAR airborne-based imputation modelling is competitive internationally.

    • Only group in Australia doing research in the area forestry imputation models.
    • Staff specialised in UAV Remote Sensing and Satellite Remote Sensing.
    • Adaptability to multidisciplinary projects.