Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE)

For the past 18 years the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE) has made both a significant and remarkable contribution to evolution of the field of Urban Ecology in Australia. Regrettably, due to a lack of sustainable funding, ARCUE will cease operations on 31 December 2016.

Established in 1998, ARCUE was an innovative initiative that recognised the need for a better understanding of the impact of cities and urban environments on biodiversity. From a time when Urban Ecology was seen as an oddity, ARCUE has led the way and the field has become mainstream as a result.

ARCUE’s commitment to understanding how ecological processes are modified by humans, and sharing its knowledge to inform decision makers how to increase and conserve biodiversity in human-modified landscapes, will have a lasting and profound impact both nationally and internationally.

The success of ARCUE has been in the training of students and postdoctoral researchers who have gone on to lead their own research teams in this area contributing to better decision making for biodiversity in the urban environment.

ARCUE's research legacy will continue to inform those who carry on the study of urban ecology and encourage responsible growth in harmony with the natural environment.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria gratefully acknowledges the valuable contributions of the ARCUE team and the Baker Foundation for its generous support of ARCUE over the past 18 years.

Please direct all enquiries relating to ARCUE to the Executive Director, Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.