A/Prof Ian Lunt’s research focuses on the conservation biology of remnant ecosystems, especially endangered native grasslands and woodlands. In different projects he has investigated how and why these ecosystems change over time; the effects of different disturbance and management regimes on biodiversity values; and methods for restoring ecosystem processes and composition. With students and colleagues, he studies ecosystem dynamics and management by:
(1) understanding historical influences on natural ecosystems (‘how did we get here?’),
(2) refining present management regimes (‘how do we stay afloat?’) and
(3) developing restoration methods for the future (‘how can we get ahead?’).
Individual research projects focus on historical ecology, ecological effects of disturbances such as fire and grazing, restoration techniques, and related issues. He also provides expert advice to government committees in Victoria and NSW, and writes extension articles for the broader community.
Research Interests: Vegetation Ecology and Management
Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1983
Bachelor of Science (First class Honours), La Trobe University, 1987
PhD, La Trobe University, 1996
Strategic Research Areas
Woody Regrowth in Rural Landscapes
A/Prof Ian Lunt is a member of the Expert Panel, NSW Natural Resource Commission Assessment of Riverina Red Gum Forests & South Western Cypress State Forests; Victorian Northern Plains Grasslands Technical Advisory Group; the Technical Advisory Group, Coastal Woodland Adaptive Experimental Management Program, Parks Victoria; and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Winton Wetlands.
Lunt, I.D., Byrne, M., Hellmann, J.J., Mitchell, N.J., Garnett, S.T., Hayward, M.W., Martin, T.G., McDonald-Madden, E., Williams, S.E. & Zander, K.K. (2013). Using assisted colonisation to restore ecosystem function and conserve biodiversity under climate change. Biological Conservation 157, 172–177. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320712003898
Whipp, R.K., Lunt, I.D., Spooner, P.G.. & Bradstock, R. (2012) Changes in forest structure over 60 years: tree densities continue to increase in the Pilliga forests, New South Wales, Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 60, 1–8.
Lunt, I.D., Jansen, A. & Binns, D. (2012). Effects of flood timing and livestock grazing on exotic annual plants in riverine floodplains. Journal of Applied Ecology 49(5), 1131–1139.
Cohn JS, Lunt ID, Ross KA & Bradstock RA (2011). How do slow-growing, fire-sensitive conifers survive in flammable eucalypt woodlands? Journal of Vegetation Science 22, 425-435. Link
Geddes LS, Lunt ID, Smallbone L & Morgan JW (2011). Old field colonization by native trees and shrubs following land use change: could this be Victoria’s largest example of landscape recovery? Ecological Management and Restoration 12(1), 31-36. Link
Lunt ID, Zimmer HC & Cheal DC (2011). The tortoise and the hare? Post-fire regeneration in mixed Eucalyptus-Callitris forest. Australian Journal of Botany 59, 575-581. [This is an Open Access article, and a full copy of the paper can be downloaded from the journal's web site for free]
Schultz NL, Morgan JW & Lunt ID (2011). Effects of grazing exclusion on plant species richness and phytomass accumulation vary across a regional productivity gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science 22, 130-142. Link
Eldridge DJ & Lunt ID (2010). Resilience of soil seed banks to site degradation in intermittently flooded riverine woodlands. Journal of Vegetation Science 21, 157-166. Link
Managing tree densities in western New South Wales: development of a process-based model to predict woodland dynamics. Additional funding from NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change to supplement existing DECC-CSU Linkage Grant, $9,130
Managing tree densities in western New South Wales: development of a process-based model to predict woodland dynamics. Additional funding from NSW DECC to supplement existing DECC-CSU Linkage Grant. $9,478. Lunt, I.D., Bradstock, R., Ross, K & Cohn, J. (2009-2010)
Integrated strategies for restoring grassy woodlands. NSW Environmental Trust Research Grant Scheme. A/Prof. Ian Lunt and Dr Suzanne Prober. (2008/10) $112,000