Dr Laura Mumaw

Laura is a PhD Graduate in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group.

Her PhD explores how community capacity for biodiversity stewardship can be grown using a case study of a community and local government collaboration to conserve indigenous biota across their landscape.

Research interests

  • Urban socio-ecology
  • Wildlife gardening
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Environmental education
  • Wildlife conservation


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Residential wild-life gardening for collaborative public-private biodiversity conservation

In cities, matching conservation action is needed on public and private land to conserve biodiversity: protecting patches of native habitat on public land, extending buffers around them, and improving connections between them through corridors and stepping stones in gardens and other land-use areas.

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Strengthening Wellbeing in Urban Communities Through Wildlife Gardening

We investigate a municipal wildlife gardening program run by a community group-local government partnership in Melbourne, Australia whose purpose is to conserve the municipality’s indigenous biodiversity.

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Transforming urban gardeners into land stewards

This qualitative study explores how urban gardeners were supported to become land stewards through a wildlife gardening program in Melbourne Australia, and how this process occurred.

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Wildlife gardening for collaborative public–private biodiversity conservation

We explored how a purposively chosen wildlife gardening program in Melbourne, Australia engaged and supported residents to augment local government efforts to conserve indigenous biota.

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Cities are hotspots for threatened species

Ives, C, Lentini, P, Threlfall, C, Ikin, K, Shanahan, D, Garrard, G, Bekessy, S, Fuller, R, Mumaw, L, Rayner, L, Rowe, R, Valentine, L and Kendal, D 2016, 'Cities are hotspots for threatened species', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 117-126.

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