CIE Seminar Series 2017 – Life in the city: how nature persists in urban environments and why it matters

SPEAKERAssociate Professor Dieter Hochuli, Integrative Ecology Research Group, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney

DATE: Friday, 8th September 2017
LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood – Burwood Corporate Centre (attendees-please report to reception for room details on the day)
TIME: 1:30pm

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207; and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

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ABSTRACT: We often think of cities as concrete wastelands, where humans and their structures dominate and degrade our natural systems. The reality is that a surprising number of animals and plants manage to persist in cities. Some even thrive, seemingly better off in our modern cities than in their natural habitats.   I will outline the ways in which animals and plants respond to ecological pressures as diverse as habitat loss, pollution, and exotic invasion, identifying how ecological interactions can be maintained in these highly modified urban systems.   I will also discuss the human dimension of urban ecology, identifying how promoting biodiversity in these degraded systems enhances wellbeing and the ultimate sustainability of cities.

BIO: Dieter Hochuli heads the integrative ecology research group at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the ecology of insects and spiders and their interactions with the environment.  His recent work in urban ecosystems examines how human activities in cities affect ecosystem health, and conversely how human wellbeing is affected by the nature we interact with.

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