Deforestation and forest degradation, continued biodiversity loss, and the ongoing degradation of ecosystems, are having profound consequences for human wellbeing and survival.
– United Nations

Care for the planet, its ecosystems and its people is at the core of our University philosophy and strategy.

In all that we do in our research, our teaching, on our campuses and in our local regions, we work to improve the health and wellbeing of our local and global communities, and the planet that we share.

We find practical solutions for the protection of ecosystems and human communities, collaborating with industry, Indigenous groups and government to improve life on land.

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Research projects & engagement 2020-21

In Nitrogen immobilization may reduce invasibility of nutrient enriched plant community invaded by Phragmites australis, Md Nazim Uddin and Randall Robinson of ISILC joined Takashi Asaeda from Japan to test whether manipulating soil nutrients (nitrogen) may be an effective management tool to control invasive species and restore the degraded ecosystems.

As many conservation targets are not well characterised genetically, Joshua Johnson and researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria examined the utility of sequencing a reduced representation of the genome to inform conservation of plant species.

Victoria University research team, led by environmental scientist Dr Christine Connelly, is working with Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Parks to minimise the high number of wildlife killed on a Phillip Island road by the installation and trial of a virtual fence. The fence, consisting of a series of flashing lights and alarms triggered by a car’s headlights, deters animals from approaching the road and being hit by vehicles.

The Green Living Lab is also used for community education, for school and other groups, on the value of green infrastructure, water run off for tank water and native flora to support biodiversity of the region.

The St Albans Campus is the access to one of the last remaining pockets of Indigenous flora and fauna of the region, the Iramoo Wildflower Grassland Reserve. To support the conservation and replanting of the indigenous flora in the region, the Iramoo Grassland Centre and Nursery at St Albans grows the original flora from the now threatened ecological communities of the region. Plants are grown to order for local councils, community groups, and local landscapers. Some of the plants are no longer available from the original source due to urban expansion, and the remaining pockets in which these local species grow naturally are fast disappearing.

Iramoo in partnership with the Department of Justice, hosts a Community Correctional team that help maintain the Grassland Centre. The team has established a Bush Food Display garden, which offers a self-guided tour for visitors, and showcases the enormous diversity of the local plants used by Aboriginal people for traditional food, weaving and for making tools.

Moondani Balluk worked with landscape architects to install a native landscape using Indigenous plants from the region at the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre in Wyndham. The facility provides a dedicated space for the Aboriginal community that is culturally safe and to host community services and events. The native landscape uses roof run off to water the plants. The location of the native landscape at the Aboriginal community centre showcases the value of Indigenous flora for Aboriginal traditions, biodiversity and for water conservation.

Victoria University joined the Greater Western Water initiative Greening the West to develop green spaces in Melbourne’s west, including V4U Day plans to plant one million trees.

The Bachelor of Science is focused on environmental sustainability, climate change and biodiversity with a mandatory first year unit Global Environmental Issues, a major in Ecology and Environmental Management, and minor in Environmental Science.

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