Centenary Professor of Ecology, Institute of Applied Ecology, University of Canberra

Ralph Mac Nally is a world leader in whole-of-catchment ecology. No other Australian has contributed so much to the understanding of summit-to-sea ecology as he by integrating thinking and fundamental research on terrestrial, freshwater, floodplain and estuarine ecosystems. He has led the seamless assimilation of large-scale experiments, extensive survey programs and sophisticated spatial modelling to erect and test hypotheses on the factors that control patterns of biodiversity and ecological processes in ways that have been intractable previously. Mac Nally has developed these approaches to understand and predict the consequences of climate and land-use change at continental and decadal scales.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Professor, University of Canberra