Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

39 13.28 13.28

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 17 8.35 8.35
Life Sciences 18 4.06 4.06
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 0.82 0.82
Physical Sciences 6 1.20 1.20

Highlight of the month: Deakin University

Furry, cute and deadly

© Michael Kämpf /EyeEm/Getty

© Michael Kämpf /EyeEm/Getty

Non-native predatory mammals devastate local vertebrate diversity, and controlling their populations should be a priority for conservation efforts, according to a global analysis of biodiversity loss.

Researchers at Deakin University and other institutes in Australia and New Zealand compiled a list of extinct or threatened bird, mammal, and reptile species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and filtered it to identify those threatened by mammalian predators. Of about 3750 species on the full list, about 740 were subject to a “major threat” from predatory mammals, which contributed to 58 per cent of all modern bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions. In addition, island species, such as the Amsterdam albatross, were particularly vulnerable to mammal predators.

Rats and cats lead the extinction tally and also threaten roughly 400 species each, with dogs, pigs, foxes and mongooses in a distant second place in both tallies. Controlling the spread and impact of these predators will be crucial to prevent further biodiversity loss.

  1. PNAS 113,11261–11265 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1602480113

View the article on the Nature Index

Top articles by Altmetric score:

Invasive predators and global biodiversity loss

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Pliocene reversal of late Neogene aridification

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 52.64% Domestic
  • 47.36% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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