Dr Philip Barton is an ecologist with expertise in insect biodiversity and the role of insects in ecosystems. Dr Barton has developed interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations within Australia and internationally to examine how insects contribute to the decomposition of animal carcasses, how they can inform forensic investigations, and how they can be used as indicators of environmental change and landscape restoration.
Philip’s research has a strong applied focus and provides information to government agencies and land managers. He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters on insects, landscape ecology, decomposition and biodiversity, and has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Hermon-Slade Foundation and Australian Academy of Science. He supervises the research of several PhD students, and is an Editor at the journal Austral Ecology.