SPEAKER: Dr Kita Ashman, Threatened Species and Climate Adaptation Ecologist, WWF Australia
DATE & TIME: Thursday, 16th September 2021 @ 4:00PM.
LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 408 120 6183, Password: 06048505).
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The past three scorching Australian summers, setting new national temperature and bushfire records, have made the threat of climate change on Australia’s wildlife demonstrable. Consequently, climate change – or more specifically, the need to better understand how to help species adapt and become more resilient to a warming climate needs to be factored into all on-going conservation efforts.
WWF Australia is currently investing over $1M to test approaches to reduce the vulnerability of wildlife to changes in the climate through on-the-ground projects. These projects work across a variety of species and landscapes, and are in collaboration with leading researchers, environmental organisations, and Traditional Owner groups.
This presentation will highlight some of the projects that are being implemented under WWF’s Threatened Species & Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Kita Ashman studied Wildlife & Conservation Biology as an undergrad at Deakin, then went on to do an honours project on the evolution of moth signalling structures, with Matt Symodns – also at Deakin. After honours, she completed a PhD in Wildlife Ecology (as you guess it – Deakin), focussing on koala distribution, abundance and spatial dynamics in plantation landscapes, under Desley Whisson’s supervision.
Kita has worked on koala management programs with state governments in VIC and SA, and has worked on the Glossy Black Cockatoo recovery program and on Zoo’s Vic Leadbeater’s possum recovery program.
After completing her PhD, she did a short stint in David Lindenmayer’s lab at ANU, monitoring biodiversity throughout the Central Highlands, then jumped ship when she was offered her current role as Threatened Species & Climate Adaptation Ecologist at WWF Australia.
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