The Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI) is a leading centre for applied ecological research, with an emphasis on flora, fauna and biodiversity issues.
As DELWP's biodiversity research base, we provide strategic research and management advice to answer key questions affecting ecologically sustainable land or water management and resource use policies.
Our team includes over 65 research staff with expertise in the ecology and taxonomy of flora, fauna and freshwater species and an extensive knowledge of ecosystem processes and interactions.
For information about our
latest projects, follow the links below:
Fishways - keeping fish habitat connected
Dams, weirs and culverts
have reduced river connectivity, impacting on the movements fish need to make between
habitats used for spawning, breeding and dispersal. ARI has a long history of
creating ways for fish to move past such barriers, including the design of
Improving biological control of feral rabbits
There is evidence that Rabbit
Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is becoming less effective at reducing rabbit
numbers. ARI scientists are involved in a collaborative project which will use
molecular data to help understand the effects of introducing new strains of
See our research themes for more examples of our work: