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TERN Book launch - Canberra 20 March


Our latest book,

Biodiversity and Environmental Change: 
Monitoring, Challenges and Direction

was launched at the ANU in Canberra on 20 March 2014




Speakers at the event were:


Professor Janette Lindesay, ANU


 Professor David Lindenmayer, ANU and TERN


Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) ANU


Professor Charles Krebs, University of Canberra


Dr Emma Burns, ANU and TERN

TERN Book launch - Canberra 20 March from TERN Australia on Vimeo.







Biodiversity and Environmental Change: 

Monitoring, Challenges and Direction



David Lindemayer, Emma Burns, Nicole Thurgate and Andrew Lowe


About the book:

A landmark data gathering and book writing project was undertaken from late 2011 until late 2013 involving 84 contributing environmental professionals (primarily ecological scientists). The result was released by CSIRO Publishing on 20 January 2014.

The book, Biodiversity and Environmental Change, demonstrates the value of long-term ecological research in Australia for monitoring environmental change and biodiversity. Long-term ecological data are critical for informing trends in biodiversity and environmental change. Authors in this book have maintained monitoring sites, often for one or more decades, in an array of different ecosystems across the Australian continent – ranging from tropical rainforests, wet eucalypt forests and alpine regions through to rangelands and deserts. This book highlights some of the temporal changes in the environment that have occurred in the various systems. Many important trends and changes are documented and they often provide new insights that were previously poorly understood or unknown. This information is precisely the data so desperately needed to better quantify temporal trajectories in the Australian environment.

By presenting trend patterns (and often also the associated data) the authors aim to catalyse governments and other organisations to better recognise the importance of long-term data collection and monitoring as a fundamental part of ecologically driven and cost-effective management of the environment and biodiversity.


View and purchase via CSIRO Publishing

This book describes changes in a range of Australian ecosystems that have been subject to detailed long-term research. The overarching purpose of these long-term studies has been to document the changes, identify the drivers of change and provide the evidence and knowledge needed to inform better natural resource management in Australia.


Download the book's Policy Handbook (4MB)

This handbook describes the key findings and messages from long-term ecological research for policy makers and the general public.