The Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity

The Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity is a nationally recognised centre of expertise in systematics, evolutionary biology and biodiversity science.

ACEBB is performing as one of the top research groups in the University of Adelaide. A unique strength of ACEBB is the relationship between the SA Museum, State Herbarium and Bioknowledge, South Australian DEH and the University of Adelaide. These excellent facilities are seen as the best practicemodel in Australia.

The Centre's research strengths and themes include:

  • Systematics, biogeography and barcoding
  • Evolutionary rates and fossil dates
  • Gene flow and population history
  • Speciation, hybridisation and adaptation
  • Biodiversity and conservation science
  • Conservation and wildlife molecular forensics

ACEBB is actively expanding its expertise and coverage into a significant new area of science, biodiversity science. Specifically this expertise includes:

  • Quantitative analysis and simulation modelling
  • Population, ecological and ecosystem theory
  • Extinction biology - linking population pressures from habitat fragmentation, invasive species and climate change


The Environment Institute

The Environment Institute is tackling some of the most serious environmental challenges facing Australia and the world.

Research undertaken within the Institute is investigating how to integrate renewable energy into Australia's energy grid, is conducting scientific research that underpins the discovery and conservation of the world's biodiversity and is taking an inter-disciplinary approach to understand how we can better manage our water and landscapes to provide the greatest levels of well being to our society.

The Institute brings together leading research groups at the University of Adelaide, a highly world-ranked research University, in the fields of science, engineering, economics and social science relating to the management and use of natural resources and infrastructure. The Institute combines the research strengths of four centres and two programs.


The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN):

  • A national collaboration of world-class researchers and infrastructure supporting the collection, storage, management and sharing of scientific data and knowledge.
  • Consists of a coordinating office, and seven facilities, covering key ecosystem features and processes in Australia.
  • Links ecosystem science and management through the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS).
  • Vital to the understanding and sustainable management of Australian ecosystems.

Understanding and managing ecosystems requires consistent long-term data sets and multi-disciplinary approaches that share data/information to build knowledge. TERN enables the ecosystem science communities in Australia to work together to improve data collection, storage, sharing and analysis.

TERN provides infrastructure and procedures through which a wide array of ecosystem research data and knowledge can be stored, accessed and analysed. It provides a set of dedicated observation sites, standardised measurement methodologies, equipment and data, and information servicing Australian ecosystem science and management.

Australia has a long history of high quality ecosystem science research, however these data sets and associated knowledge are often not accessible or shared to build our knowledge and enable the current and next generation of ecosystem scientists to learn from the past. TERN's approach will establish the basis for continental scale collection and sharing of long-term ecosystem data sets across disciplines. This will enable Australia's scientists, policy makers and environmental managers to understand the critical processes of terrestrial environmental change, such as climate change, salinity and species survival.

TERN was created in 2009 by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) via a $20m funding program through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). An additional $25.63m was provided to TERN in 2011 as part of a new funding allocation from the Australian Government under the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative.

Our goal is to see more scientists working together, rather than in isolation. Together, they will build knowledge more effectively understand and address key terrestrial ecosystem problems.