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Our values

Our values are what make us special. We believe in:

Performing rigorous scientific research - Publishing our work in high impact peer-reviewed journals.

Addressing grand environmental challenges - Focusing on societal priorities.

Informing - Providing research and advice that informs environmental policy and management.

Mentoring and collaboration - Supporting a work environment that provides guidance for all staff, students and other collaborators during and after projects.

Respecting diversity - Diverse staff and student and student profile with respect for diversity of views and backgrounds.

Public good work - Embracing our role in good public research and management.

Communicating research - Ensuring our research is communicated in many different forms.

Constructively engaging - Collaborating effectively with our internal and external partners, individuals and organisations.

Recognising all contributions - All individuals, irrespective of position.

Ensuring intergenerational equity - Recognising our work and responsibilities in terms of best practices for future environments and people.


"Here at the Centre for Ecosystem Science we're excited and passionate about working on challenging environmental problems and coming up with solutions" 

The Director, Prof. Richard Kingsford

“Studying at the Centre for Ecosystem Science I've explored the interface between science and policy, working in some truly unique landscapes across NSW and contributing to an understanding of how our actions affect these amazing landscapes.” 

Justin McCann PhD

“Thanks to the Centre for Ecosystem Science I spend my days researching and studying turtles, and birds and elephants, in Australia and in Botswana, contributing to the conservation of species I really care about. I highly recommend this friendly workplace for both honours and PhD students!”

Roxane Francis PhD

Behavioural ecology of the Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossusaculeatus) in the arid zone of western NSW - Ka Sin Ki UNSW
The urban ecology of a newly established population of long-nosed bandicoots in and around Taronga Zoo - Helen Tsanidis UNSW

Previous honours theses

  • Assessing the accuracy of a high resolution global surface water map for local scale applications - Sofea Mohamad Ishak. 
  • Life on the Edge: Investigating obsidian exchange in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea - Emily Hull.
  • Assessing the importance of vegetation corridors for urban long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta) - Tom Garman.
  • Sustainable small-scale fish farming in post-conflict Uganda (Gulu District) - Taylor Coyne.
  • The urban ecology of a newly established population of long-nosed bandicoots in and around Taronga Zoo - Helen Tsanidis.
  • A survey-gap analysis of land snails in Timor-Leste: where do we go next? - Sophia I. German.
  • Behavioural ecology of the Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) in the arid zone of western NSW - Ka Sin Ki.
  • The Bioenergetics of Blue Swimmer Crabs, Portunus armatus: Implications for Stock Enhancement - Emily J. Junk.
  • Do ploidy and rarity affect seed and seedling traits of Pomaderris species? - CHAN Jason Cheuk Shing.