CIE Seminar Series 2015 – Realising the Potential of Universities as Conservation Catalysts – recommendations and reflections from a recent study leave at Harvard Forest

Geoffrey WescottSPEAKER: Associate Professor Geoff Wescott, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University
DATE: Friday, 11th September 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Room HE3.002
TIME: 12:00 noon
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room ka4.207 (Green room); and Warrnambool Campus, Room C1.13

ABSTRACT: One of the prime recommendations in Geoff’s 2013 co-edited book “Linking Australia’s Landscapes” was that the study of international examples of large Landscape Scale Conservation Networks (LSCNs) would enhance Australia’s pioneering work in these substantial corridor projects. Hence Geoff visited New England, USA to study among other examples the Wildlands and Woodlands LSCN and in particular (associated with the book “Conservation Catalysts – the academy as nature’s agent”) the vital and crucial role universities can play in enhancing nature conservation in general.

This presentation will report on his findings from that academic study leave and in particular on roles played by Harvard, Yale and Maine universities, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, as well as the exciting Cambridge Conservation Initiative that has just started in England.

BIO: Geoff is Associate Professor of Environment at Deakin University’s Burwood campus and been closely involved in the Environmental Management program at Deakin University and Victoria College since its inception in the 1980s.

Over a long career in nature conservation and natural resource management he has published over 150 papers, books and chapters and served on many government and conservation bodies. He is currently Chairing the Expert Panel preparing a new Marine and Coastal Act for Victoria, is a Director of Zoos Victoria, a member of the Victorian Environment Assessment Council and President of the Australian Coastal Society. Previously he has been a member of the National Oceans Advisory Group, Deputy Chair of Parks Victoria and Executive Director of Environment Victoria amongst many other roles. He is an inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

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