Biodiversity

Across our four campuses and 450 hectares of land, we aim to restore the potential diversity of species. 

With such a huge variety of flora and fauna impacting campus planning and management, we aim to protect and enhance the natural ecosystems, indigenous plant and animal communities at each of our campuses.

Biodiversity assessments

Our recent biodiversity assessments at both the Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses will feed into campus environment planning and management, ensuring our campuses are protected from any natural hazards and that we're caring for the ecosystems around us.

Tree management software

Arborplan is our new tree management software, which helps us perform risk assessments, preserve particular trees that may otherwise have been destroyed or damaged, and manage tree-related hazards to safeguard our campuses. 

The system offers suggestions for improved landscape, tree selection planning and design, plus helpful tailored reports with budgets, tasks and recommendations. 

Arborplan also helps our grounds staff to access a suite of maps, data and live graphical information from an iPad dashboard view while on-site across our grounds.

Biodiversity in action

Deakin marine biology researcher, Dr Peter Macreadie, is exploring ways to tackle climate change – specifically by managing existing carbon levels in the atmosphere. 

The Blue Carbon Initiative focuses on carbon from the atmosphere being stored in sediment, deep in the Victorian coastline ecosystems. 

The existing natural mangrove forests, sea grass beds and salt marshes can absorb carbon 40 time faster than a tropical rainforest and keep carbon from escaping for much longer, says Dr Macreadie. As such, it's imperative that we preserve established sea forests, as well as plant new ones.