Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology presents its Wild Webinars 2022 on-line public seminar series. The series brings exciting science stories live into your evening. Kick back and be regaled by the latest discoveries in ecology, conservation, evolution and sustainability presented by CIE’s leading research experts.
- Speaker: PhD candidate Cassie Speakman
- Title: Furry friends in our watery backyard
- When: Tuesday 4th October 2022, 7:30-8:30 pm AEST – registration now open
Climate change is can have significant impacts on our natural ecosystems, from the smallest microbes up to the biggest plants and animals. In animals, these impacts can be direct, like animals perishing in wildfires, or indirect, such as changes in how available their food is or how vulnerable they are to disease or predation. In this talk, I will introduce you to one of my favourite furry friends in our watery backyard – the Australian fur seal! We’ll delve into what we know and don’t know about the species and how changes in the environment influence their hunting behaviour and population dynamics.
About Cassie: I’m a PhD candidate within the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. My research aims to understand how human-induced environmental change impacts wild animal populations and to identify effective species management and conservation options. My research uses a variety of individual-, population-, and ecosystem-level modelling approaches, including individual-based modelling and decision analysis, to inform the management and conservation of species in the wild.
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