Professor Adrian Manning

BSc. (Hons) Edinburgh, PhD ANU
Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Community Ecology (Excl. Invasive Species Ecology) 060202
  • Speciation And Extinction 060311
  • Landscape Ecology 050104
  • Behavioural Ecology 060201
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Agricultural Land Management 070101
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development 070108
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change 050101
  • Ecosystem Function 050102
  • Population Ecology 060207
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience 0406
  • Zoology 0608
  • Environmental Science And Management 0502


Adrian Manning is a Professor in Ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at The Australian National University and leads the Coexistence Conservation Laboratory ( His research expertise is in conservation and reintroduction biology, landscape ecology, restoration ecology and rewilding, and he has published widely in these areas. He is Research Leader of the long-term ‘Mulligans Flat - Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment’ ( – a government-university-NGO research partnership which aims to understand ways of restoring critically endangered box-gum grassy woodlands for biodiversity.

Professor Manning was instrumental in the development of the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary ( and Wildbark Learning Centre (, and the Kielderhead Wildwood in the UK ( A key aspect of his research is the reintroduction of locally extinct species and, in particular, those that return key ecological functions. He is a Trustee of the ACT Woodland and Wetlands Trust that works in partnership with the ACT Government to manage and develop the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. Professor Manning is also an expert on the Superb Parrot, and associated hollow-bearing trees.

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Researcher's projects

Professor Manning leads the Coexistence Conservation Laboratory at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Find out more at:

More information on the "Coexistience Conservation" concept can be found here.

He is the Research Leader of the Mulligans Flat - Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment:

Professor Manning is a Trustee of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust:

He was instrumental in the creations of the Wildbark Learning Centre at Mulligans Flat:


Other major projects and collaborations





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