CIE Seminar Series 2015 – Managing the spread of invasive amphibians under uncertainty

Reid TingleySPEAKER: Dr Reid Tingley, ARC Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), BioSciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne
DATE: Friday, 17th July 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, room T3.05
TIME: 12:00 noon
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Lecture Theatre KE1.207 (new CADET building) and Warrnambool Campus, room C1.13

ABSTRACT: Conservation decisions are characterized by a high degree of uncertainty. For example, we may know little about the state of a system, how it will react to different management actions, or how cost-effective those actions might be.

I will illustrate how various forms of epistemic uncertainty influence the management of invasive species using two amphibian case studies, one that focuses on monitoring European newts in Melbourne using environmental DNA sampling, and another that deals with efforts to contain the spread of cane toads in WA using landscape barriers.

BIO: Reid Tingley is a Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at The University of Melbourne.

Reid’s current research focuses on understanding how species’ traits and environmental change influence geographic range limits in amphibians and reptiles.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Emily Nicholson