Research Projects

Collaborative research with the Yugul Mangi Rangers, SE Arnhem Land, since 2008

Fencing culturally important billabongs – feral ungulate exclusion

P1100604In 2009, with funding from Greening Australia NT Healthy Water program we fenced off three billabongs near Ngukurr community. See recent journal article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716300866

Cross-cultural Biodiversity surveys

surveysSince 2013 we have worked with Indigenous Ranger groups and communities to conduct biodiversity surveys across eastern Arnhem Land – an area little known to Western science and where local Aboriginal people have only limited access. This project has received funding from The Nature Conservancy, the Atlas of Living Australia and the Australian Government’s Department of Business, Industry and Innovation’s Citizen Science Grant program. See some of our blogs on the Atlas of Living Australia website: https://www.ala.org.au/blogs-news/citizen-science-project-builds-on-award-winning-cross-cultural-collaboration-in-eastern-arnhem-land/

Freshwater and coastal wetland monitoring

Gurrumuru 2013.2Since 2009 we have worked with the Yirralka Rangers to collaboratively monitor freshwater and coastal wetlands in the Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area. Daniel Sloane joined this project in 2017 with a focus on floodplain fringe forest decline.

Prehistoric Aboriginal Plant dispersal (ARC DP 2018-2021)

Phone photos 204Initial research in 2015-6 investigated the prehistoric dispersal of Bugam (Castanospermum australe) in northern NSW by Aboriginal people https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0186663. Following ARC funding we have now been able to expand this research to explore the dispersal of 3 large seeded rainforest trees across eastern Australia. Patrick Cooke and Monica fahey are conducting their PhD research on the cultural and genetic aspects of this project, respectively. This project is co-lead by Dr Maurizio Rossetto (Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney), Gerry Turpin (Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre), Oliver Costello (Firesticks Alliance) and Dr Philip Clarke (SA Museum Adjunct Fellow).

Wuyagiba Study Hub

wuyagibaIn partnership with the Wuyagiba BUsh Hub Aboriginal Corporation we are creating cross-cultural University education programs on-Country in remote Australia in partnership with remote Aboriginal communities. See our website here https://www.wuyagibastudyhub.org/

Impacts of climate change on coastal Indigenous cultural heritage sites (new project)