What is ecosystem science?
Ecosystem science includes any science that contributes to our understanding and management of ecosystems. It is a mixing space between disciplines and crosses terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, marine, and atmospheric ecosystems; including both natural and managed landscapes.
There are many people and organisations that are involved in ecosystem science in Australia, including:
- public research and environmental management agencies at both state/territory and Commonwealth level
- traditional owners
- private industry
- regional groups such as catchment management authorities or NRM boards
- community groups
A strong and sustainable Australian ecosystem science enterprise is vital for understanding and securing our ecosystems in the face of current and future challenges.
View the video below to see one researcher's perspective on ecosystem science:
Ecosystem science draws on a large number of discipines, some of which are shown here:
When asked 'What discipline areas do you think are relevant to the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan? ', attendees at our first Long-Term Plan workshop identified a list of more than 60 discipline areas! This list* shows the diversity of disciplines and perspectives associated with ecosystem science:
Coral reef sciences
Earth System science
Ecology (and all of its variants including: Behavioural Ecology, Community Ecology, Disturbance ecology, Ecological Physiology, Ecological Applications, Freshwater Ecology, Functional ecology, Landscape ecology, Marine and Estuarine Ecology, Molecular ecology, Palaeoecology, Population Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, Wetland ecology, Wildlife disease ecology)
Geography (and all of its variants)
Geology (and all of its variants)
Hydrology (and all of its variants)
Land surface modelling
Management (wildlife and ecosystem)
Marine and coastal studies
Oceanography (Physical and biological)
Plant Science (Terrestrial and aquatic, plant physiology)
Range of different survey techniques (wildlife and ecosystem)
Species and climate change
*Think there's something that should be added to this list? Email us.