Professor Michael Douglas, Hub Leader
See Michael’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
I do research on the ecology and management of northern Australia’s rivers and catchments. My main interest is in research that will help us to protect and manage northern Australia’s environments in the face of pressures from changes in land and water use, climate change and invasive species. This includes research on fire, weeds, grazing and water management on fish and invertebrates in rivers and floodplains and on riparian and savanna plants. I am also interested in the way we do research; particularly in using transdisciplinary approaches that bring scientific and indigenous knowledge together with research users to help solve environmental problems.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
I love the landscapes, the people and the strong connections between them. The savanna, the rivers, the floodplains and the coasts are spectacular, and they are so dynamic. The people in the north have such close connections with the environment and the seasonal patterns that drive everything. I also love working in a region that has not suffered the problems seen in more intensively developed landscapes and I love knowing that our research can help avoid going down that path. My favourite place to do research in northern Australia is Kakadu National Park. It was the reason I moved to northern Australia. I got to know a small part of it in great detail for my PhD and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to keep doing research there and contribute to its ongoing management.