Across our four campuses and 450 hectares of land, we care for a diverse range of animal and plant species that call Deakin home. Through the development of Deakin's Biodiversity Strategy, we aim to enhance the natural environment and ecosystems on our campuses, connect people with nature, and enable the building and sharing of biodiversity knowledge.

Biodiversity planning

Globally, the loss of biodiversity across all types of habitats and a wide range of fauna and flora species is one of the most severe threats to the planet’s survival. This is why we have an action plan in place to monitor and increase biodiversity, control pest species, partner with the community to build our understanding of our natural environment, and embed biodiversity in all planning, design and operational decision-making processes.

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 times 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.