Conservation of biodiversity in the wet tropics rainforests of Australia
Professor Stork is a tropical rainforest biodiversity and ecology specialist with much international experience having worked in many parts of the world including South and Central America, Africa and South-East Asia.
He has published 10 books and more than 150 papers including papers on insect ecology and biodiversity, how many species there are on Earth and rates of extinction. He has pioneered the exploration of tropical forest canopies. In 1998 he installed an industrial crane in the Daintree rainforest to assist researchers study the forest canopy. His most recent edited book, ‘Living in a dynamic tropical forest landscape’, was published by Blackwells in 2008 and summarises the interdisciplinary research the team he lead carried out on tropical landscapes in Northern Australia and how this has changed management systems, community engagement and economic development.
His current research focus is on the magnitude of global species diversity and extinction rates.