The Big Ecology Lab


The Big Ecology Lab led by Angela Moles is part of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental 

Sciences at UNSW.

Rapid evolution of Arctotheca (South African population [left] & Australian population [right]).

Our Research Goals

  • To quantify global scale patterns in ecology
  • To understand how present-day climate shapes the ways plants grow and reproduce
  • To understand the advantages of sexual vs clonal reproduction
  • To understand the ecology and evolution of introduced species


Our Research in Detail

At the Big Ecology Lab we use a combination of field work and synthesis of data from the literature to quantify large scale patterns in ecology. We use controlled glasshouse conditions to study rapid evolution in introduced species, and we use herbarium and museum specimens to study plants and animals from the past. We collaborate with ecologists from all around the world, and with researchers from a range of other disciplines including geography, climate science, and statistics.


Pollination experiment at Kioloa field station.