Macquarie Island is one of six subantarctic island groups. Since 1978 the research of Macquarie University staff, graduate students and Honorary Associates have contributed extensively to understanding the island’s ecosystems, landforms and geomorphic processes
Lesley is an ecologist with a longstanding interest in the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. She leads a research team that approaches this challenging issue with a wide variety of techniques.
Australian oysters support a valuable food industry ($73.3 M p/a) and promote healthy estuaries by providing vital ecosystem services. QX disease is economically and environmentally important because it causes mass mortality of Sydney rock oysters.
The biggest challenge in neuroscience research is understanding how complex cognitive abilities emerge from the brain, and how these capacities have evolved. To address this we are creating a computer model of the insect brain.