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Teaching
  • BZ3755: Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation (Level 3; CNS)
  • BZ5755: Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation (Level 5; CNS)
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Publications

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 109 research outputs authored by Prof Bill Laurance from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Response and vulnerability of tropical rainforest plants to experimental drought

Indicative Funding
$365,000 over 3 years
Summary
How will tropical forests respond if droughts should increase in the future? In a globally unique experiment, we will induce artificial rough in an Australian tropical rainforest and then use a canopy crane to assess plant responses at all vertical forest layers. We will contrast demographic and physiological responses of an array of plant species and functional groups, compared to nearby experimental-control plots where tree growth, composition, soil water and atmospheric exchange have been monitored since 1999. Drought responses for key species and functional groups will be compared with their distributions across regional rainfall gradients to yield novel insights into potential rainforest responses to future climate change.
Investigators
Susan Laurance, Joe Holtum, Bill Laurance and Paul Nelson, with the help of Jonathan Lloyd and Maurizio Mencuccini (Marine & Tropical Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Leeds and University of Edinburgh)
Keywords
rainforest ecology; climate change adaptations; Ecophysiology

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Australian Laureate Fellowships

Advancing Australian Leadership in Tropical Conservation Science

Indicative Funding
$2,268,134 over 6 years
Summary
Tropical forests are being felled, burned, logged, and overhunted at alarming rates, and increasingly suffer from harmful climatic change - jeopardizing much of the world's biodiversity and emitting dangerous greenhouse gases. This Australian Laureate Fellowship will advance a dynamic environmental research program for tropical forests in Australia, the neighbouring Asia-Pacific region, and beyond - focusing on mounting threats including forest fragmentation, road expansion, and destabilizing synergisms between climate change and fire. This cutting-edge program will forge practical solutions to urgent concerns while promoting an array of new research challenges, opportunities, and sources of international funding for Australian scientists.
Investigators
Bill Laurance (Marine & Tropical Biology)
Keywords
tropical forests; Conservation Biology; Landscape ecology; Climatic Change; conservation policy

Australia & Pacific Science Foundation - Research Project Grant

Regeneration and recovery dynamics of lowland tropical forests in the Solomon Archipelago

Indicative Funding
$36,000 over 3 years
Summary
This study aims to investigate how secondary forests in the Solomon Archipelago recover floristically and functionally over various temporal stages after logging. With the looming prospect of losing all loggable forests within a decade, such a study is vital in order to gain the much needed perspective on how the natural forest is recovering, what factors are affecting the recovery process and how secondary regrowth can be effectively managed through targeted sustainable measures. These anticipated outcomes are very important for Solomon Islands and other tropical oceanic islands where much of the forest have been highly degraded through anthropogenic activities.
Investigators
Bill Laurance and Eric Katovai (Marine & Tropical Biology)
Keywords
logging; forest regeneration; plant functional types; forest degradation; Biodiversity; Ecosystem services

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

Accelerating species richness gains and carbon sequestration in secondary regrowth in north Queensland

Indicative Funding
$310,000 over 3 years, in partnership with the Queensland Herbarium ($150,000 over 3 yrs)
Summary
Many tropical rainforests are being cleared and subsequently abandoned as the land becomes fallow. Secondary forests often regenerate in these abandoned sites but are a poor substitute for the original forest, lacking both their high species richness and exceptional carbon storage. Our team of leading researchers and industry partners will investigate the barriers to forest regeneration in tropical Australia and determine how we can accelerate the restoration of these forests to increase their carbon sequestration and biological diversity.
Investigators
Susan Laurance and Bill Laurance, with the help of Steve Goosem, Noel Preece and Rod Fensham (Marine & Tropical Biology, Wet Tropics Management Authority, Biome5 Pty Ltd and Queensland Herbarium)
Keywords
restoration ecology; Rainforest; regrowth; above-ground carbon

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Impacts of habitat disruption and global change on liana-tree interactions

Indicative Funding
$225,000 over 3 years
Summary
Can research in Australia’s tropical rainforests help to predict the impacts of environmental threats elsewhere in the tropics? To test this key idea, I will use identical methods to assess the responses of trees and lianas (woody vines) to habitat fragmentation and global-change phenomena in tropical Australia, the Amazon and Borneo. Lianas are major parasites of tropical trees, become hyper-abundant in many disturbed forests, and appear to be fertilized by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. If liana-tree interactions are affected similarly in these three disparate regions, the results are likely to be widely generalisable. This work should yield novel insights into the ecology and conservation of imperilled tropical forests.
Investigators
Bill Laurance (Marine & Tropical Biology)
Keywords
Habitat fragmentation; climatic change; tropical forests; lianas; Trees
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Diversity and conservation status of mid and large sized mammals in landscapes dominated by oil palm plantations in Colombia, South America. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Regeneration and Recovery Dynamics of Logged Forests in the Solomon Archipelago (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Understanding Drivers of Hunting and Responses of Animal Populations in India. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Quantifying the Value of Riparian Forest Corridors for Medium and Large Mammals in Indonesia's Acacia and Oil Palm Plantations. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • The Ecological Response of Lianas to Habitat Fragmentation of the Tropical Rainforest. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Extractive Industries and Development Patterns in Africa (PhD, Associate Advisor)
Completed
  • The Environmental and Social Impacts of Roads in Southeast Asia. (2013, PhD, Primary Advisor)
Collaboration

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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