What is the Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology?

The Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology comprises a group of professional scientists and academics who study all aspects of the ecology of alpine and sub-alpine landscapes. Our scientific research includes ecological processes, effects of fire, exotic plants and animals, human activities, and the management of these ecosystems in response to climate change.

Current members of the Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology include staff and research students from La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne, as well as researchers from CSIRO and other government agencies. Most of our research is based in the Victorian Alpine National Park, particularly on the Bogong High Plains, which is one of few extensive high altitude landscapes on the Australian mainland. Many of our members have decade-long associations with this region, and have studied ecological processes over a range of timescales.

In addition to our active research program, the Research Centre takes a leading role in teaching alpine ecology to land management staff, research students, and members of the public with an interest in alpine ecosystems, through the Alpine Ecology Course which is held most summers at Falls Creek.