1. Seabirds Decline & Causes: The highest research and conservation priority is the recorded decline of Aride’s seabird populations, the most important aspect of its biodiversity. Fairy Terns and White-tailed Tropicbirds may have declined for three decades whereas for other species it is a more recent phenomenon. Woodland encroachment may partly or largely explain loss of Sooty and Roseate Terns, but the other species should not be so affected and the across the board picture is alarming.
2. Pisonia Pan-tropical Genetics & Ecology: A long-term research project investigating the relationships between Indian Ocean and Pacific forms, comparing fruiting patterns and seabird impacts will produce recommendations for management.
3. House Mouse Diet & Eradication Feasibility & Impact Studies: With reference to potential seabird predation and future eradication.
4. Habitats Maps: Aride does not have an accurate terrestrial habitats map. Terrestrial and marine habitats maps are a priority.