CIE Seminar Series 2022: Recovering species and restoring habitat after a megafire

SPEAKER: Dr. Michelle Ward, The University of Queensland.

DATE & TIME: Friday 2nd September 2022 @ 12pm.

LOCATION: Via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 812 5556 2274, Password: 89428618).

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The previous coalition government looked on while the 2019/2020 fires raged. In the aftermath, they then didn’t spend enough post-fire to recover species severely impacted by the megafires, leaving many species in desperate trouble. We calculated how much they should have spent, and worked out what an ongoing investment in restoration would look like to enable species recovery.


I am a conservation scientist at WWF and post doctoral researcher as UQ. My research centres on combining remote sensing technology with economic instruments and systematic conservation planning to achieve the best solutions for threatened species.

In doing so, I have explored the effectiveness of environmental legislation in mitigating threats, investigated and mapped biodiversity status and trends, developed advanced datasets to explore threat drivers and impacts, established novel, problem-based models for cost-effectively prioritizing conservation actions, quantified the cumulative impact of development on threatened species, investigated complex sustainability problems through scenario analysis, evaluated bushfire impact and recovery, and assessed global-scale structural connectivity of landscapes.

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