The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) has been a virtual and physical Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) for both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary integration, synthesis and modelling of ecosystem data to aid in the development of evidenced-based...

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How participation worked

ACEAS supported three main external activities: Targeted Workshops, Working Groups and Sabbatical Fellows, applications for which were open twice a year. There were six 'rounds' managed in this way, from May 2010 through to November 2012. Other meetings were supported for separate...

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Each of the ACEAS groups analyse and synthesise information to gain new insight into the critical question they have chosen to pursue. They produce a variety of outputs, including presentations to their peer groups and the wider community; meeting reports; Final Reports;...

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About TERN

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) was established in July 2009 to provide a national collaborative infrastructure and framework to assist in collection and management of scientific data to meet the needs of the terrestrial ecosystem research community. The network...

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Forum at Questacon on the 20th February 2013 Print E-mail

Ideas and Influence: how can scientific knowledge shape policy?

ACEAS and TERN brought together a prestigious line up of leading scientists and policy makers to discuss the science-policy divide. Moderated by Sara Phillips from ABC Environment Online, the speakers were: Lord Robert May (ex-Chief Scientist of the UK), Dr David Schimel (USA, first Director of the National Ecological Observatory Network), Prof. Lesley Hughes (eminent climate change scientist, Macquarie University), Prof. Andrew Campbell (TERN Board Chair, Charles Darwin University), Dr Subho Banerjee (Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency), and Mr Nicholas Rowley (Strategic Policy Consultant).

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 13:30
Smarter Workflows for ecologists Print E-mail

Smarter Workflows for ecologists: what are they?

Fundamental to the work of an ecologist is the collection, use, and re-use of data and information to solve complex problems. Data science is transforming ecology with more and more data available, but it’s not always easily accessible, usable or interpretable. The data environment is dynamic and requires evidence-based decision-making about practice and governance. This creates many challenges for the modern ecologist, and in this harsh world it might seem that the one who does this best will succeed. Good data drives cutting-edge science: sharing and re-use of data maximises its value as new science, comparisons and refinements are made to provide new knowledge useful to society.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:25
the ACEAS opportunity PDF Print E-mail

The ACEAS opportunity was centred around facilitation of solutions to ecosystem science and management questions.

If you had an important question that needed attention, some data that would inform the problem, and people that could be put together to find a solution you could think about support through ACEAS. Application for funding was through the ACEAS web site. When a date was announced, to get a password to the on-line application forms, and to improve your chances of success, interested parties were asked to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for advice and comment before submitting a proposal.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration PDF Print E-mail

Exploring interdisciplinary collaboration in Australia’s ecosystem science and management community

Below is an overview of the research. For more details, download the summary report

Interdisciplinary collaboration amongst ecosystem scientists and managers is vital for developing innovative solutions to the complex issues surrounding Australia’s changing ecosystems.

Who is engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration in Australia’s ecosystem science and management community? What are the barriers to collaboration? Is interdisciplinary collaboration important?

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 21:33
Latest reports from ACEAS-funded groups and fellows PDF Print E-mail

Latest from ACEAS.


much of the ACEAS news is now on our Facebook page.


Where have all the fish gone and can they come back?

This group is starting its first meeting, and the Principal Investigator, Nick Bond, explained to the ABC some of the challenges facing them.

Read the transcript of the interview here. Check out their web page on this site here.



Our Koala group working towards a national picture


Several members of the ACEAS group 'Conserving koalas in the 21st Century'  were interviewed on the ABC's Four Corners on the 20th August 2012.


Assoc. Prof. Clive McAlpine, the Principal Investigator is interviewed by ABC NEWS 24 about the serious decline in Australia’s koala population and the recent Federal Government decision to list the koala in Qld, NSW & the ACT on the threatened species list HERE.




Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:15
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