The ERIE lab is actively involved in research conducted in the jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest adjacent to Perth. The forest is part of a global biodiversity hotspot and contains many endemic and threatened plants and animal. The jarrah forest is an excellent study region for addressing conservation issues because it is a multiple-use forest where logging, mining, water catchment and recreational activities are conducted which leads to conflicts with biodiversity conservation. These issues affecting the jarrah forest are representative of many conservation conflicts globally.
Our research in the jarrah forest covers two main areas. The first aims to reduce the negative effects of extractive industries on biodiversity by investigating methods of improving post-mining restoration to facilitate floral and faunal recolonisation. This research has been conducted primarily in Alcoa of Australia’s post-mining restoration. The second aims to develop methods of better conserving wide-ranging species in multiple-use landscapes by identified optimal trade-offs between conserving functional habitat features for wide-ranging species and minimising economic losses to extractive industries through the retention of these features. These work focuses on the threatened Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and looks for methods of conserving nesting resources for this species while minimising costs mining and logging industries.