Dr Luis Mata

He is a Research Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group at RMIT University.

Luis is an ecologist with a keen interest in insects, conservation science and quantitative methods. He works as part of the National Environmental Science Programme – Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, where he will contribute to develop a protocol for re-wilding urban environments and a platform for an integrated program of urban citizen science across Australian cities.

He is also currently conducting research for ‘The Little Things That Run The City’, an insect ecology and conservation project co-funded by the City of Melbourne and RMIT University’s Strategic Projects in Urban Research, which is exploring how Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and ecosystem health. He is an Associate Member of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

More information on Luis’s past and current research can be found on his research blog.

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Improved Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates how major cities function and the effects of their land-use, housing and infrastructure systems on the humans that live in them.

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The Little Things that Run the City

How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and promote ecosystem health?

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News & Blog

Insects and the city: Conserving the little things that run our city

All species in this planet are delicately interlinked to each other in a beautifully complex network of ecological interactions. In cities, insects are key components of urban ecological networks and are greatly impacted by human activities.

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Getting smarter about city lights is good for us and nature too

A network of street lighting links these “islands of illumination”. The effects of this can, in some large cities, result in “sky glow” that interferes with star visibility at distances of more than 300 kilometres.

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Researchers on journey to new discoveries with $2.3m ARC grants

Researchers from RMIT received funding to deliver innovative, impact-associated research from the latest round of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.

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Citizen scientists blitz Melbourne’s public spaces

Ecological gems have been uncovered in Melbourne’s parks during a campaign that involved “citizen scientists” capturing and recording the city’s biodiversity.

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Pop-up parks provide more than a patch of grass

Temporary pop-up parks and green spaces have long been considered the playthings of the inner-city hipster.

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Increasing biodiversity in urban green spaces through simple vegetation interventions

Caragh G. Threlfall, Dr Luis Mata, Jessica A. Mackie, Amy K. Hahs, Nigel E. Stork, Nicholas S. G. Williams, Stephen J. Livesley
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Conserving herbivorous and predatory insects in urban green spaces

Dr Luis Mata, Caragh G. Threlfall, Nicholas S. G. Williams, Amy K. Hahs, Mallik Malipatil, Nigel E. Stork, Stephen J. Livesley

We investigated the response of herbivorous and predatory heteropteran bugs to differences in vegetation structure and diversity in golf courses, gardens and parks.

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The Little Things that Run the City: How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and ecosystem health?

With the present work we aim to expand this circle so that it may also encompass the conservation of insect and other invertebrates in urban environments. We are driven by a will to ‘say a word on behalf of the little things that run the city’.

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Urban climate justice: creating sustainable pathways for humans and other species.

Steele, W, Mata, L and Fuenfgeld, H 2015, 'Urban climate justice: creating sustainable pathways for humans and other species', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 14, pp. 121-126.

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