Professor David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Professor Lindenmayer is a world-leading expert in forest ecology and resource management, conservation science, and biodiversity conservation. He currently runs five large-scale, long-term research programs in south-eastern Australia, primarily associated with developing ways to conserve biodiversity in farmland, wood production forests, plantations, and reserves.

He has maintained some of the largest, long-term research programs in Australia, with some exceeding 38 years in duration.

Professor Lindenmayer has published more than 1,360 scientific articles including 870 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals. He has also published 48 books, including many award-winning textbooks and other seminal books. He is among the world’s most productive and most highly-cited scientists, particularly in forest ecology and conservation biology.

Professor Lindenmayer held a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship from 2013-2018. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (elected 2008), a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (elected in 2019), and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.

His research has been recognised through numerous awards, including the Eureka Science Prize (twice), Whitley Award (10 times), the Serventy Medal for Ornithology, and the Australian Natural History Medallion. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Whittaker Medal from the Ecological Society of America.

Fields of expertise



Science superstars honoured by academy

Three exceptional scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have been recognised for their world-leading work with our…

3 April 2024


Prescribed burning could be making Aussie forests more flammable 

Disturbing natural forests with activities such as logging and prescribed burning can make them more flammable, landmark research…


High-severity wildfires threaten global timber production

Severe wildfires are putting global timber production at risk, new research from The Australian National University (ANU), the…


Rallying cry to protect endangered mountain ash forests in Victoria

The dire state of mountain ash (eucalyptus regnans) forests in Victoria’s Central Highlands has been brought to light…


Victoria’s native logging exit to boost Australia’s climate change action

The Victorian government’s announcement today that it will exit native forest logging in 2024, six years ahead of…


Why Tasmania and Victoria dominate the list of Australia’s largest trees  – and why these majestic giants are under threat

Australia has an extraordinary diversity of trees, with more than 820 species of eucalypts alone. But not all…


Victoria’s protection plan for Gliders falls short 

Areas set aside by the Victorian Government as part of plan to conserve 35 threatened species fall well…


Stopping native forest logging key to reaching net zero

Leading researchers are calling for a cease to native forest logging if Australia wants to meet its net…


Bird protection tool nets ANU scientists Eureka Prize

A team of scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) has taken out one of the country’s top…

1 September 2022


Tasmania goes net carbon negative by reducing logging

Tasmania has become one of the first jurisdictions in the world to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions…


Logging ‘amplified’ severity of Black Summer bushfires

An analysis of the fire footprint of the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires has found logging elevated the risk…


Newly described species unable to withstand the test of time

Newly discovered species are at a higher risk of extinction than those first described long ago, according to…


Deadwood releasing 10.9 gigatons of carbon every year

Decaying wood releases around 10.9 gigatons of carbon worldwide every year, according to a new study by an international team of…


Living with giants: the beauty of Victoria’s ash forests

From the devastation of Ash Wednesday in 1983 to the Black Saturday of 2009 and the Black summer…


Logging increases risk of severe fire

Logged forests near regional and rural towns and settlements are at increased risk of increased fire severity, new research from…


New benchmark to protect biodiversity after bushfires

A new study has found up to three quarters of damaged forest needs to be protected from logging…


Study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency

A new study by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) has shown for the first time the…

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