CIE Seminar Series – 2019: From fruit sizes to genomes: a short history of rainforest diversity in Australia

SPEAKER: Dr Maurizio Rossetto, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Head Evolutionary Ecology (Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney), Honorary Professor, The University of Queensland

DATE: Friday, 8th November 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

Our research combines genomic data with a range of other investigative approaches including environmental modelling, functional ecology and more recently indigenous knowledge. Although we study the Australian flora in general, much of our research has focused on rainforest trees, with a particular interest on how temporal environmental change and dispersal affect landscape-level dynamics.

Australian rainforests have a highly dynamic history that enabled them to respond to change through time. Seed dispersal is a key process in plant spatial dynamics impacting on the distribution of species as well as the assembly of communities. Based on this premise we use genomic, environmental and ecological data from rainforest trees to investigate the impact of climatic shifts on rainforest distribution in support of the development of management strategies that consider short- and long-term actions and outcomes

BIO.

Most of Maurizio’s research projects revolve around a broad vision: to investigate the factors impacting on the spatio-temporal distribution and assembly of native plant species. The vision can be summarised within two simple concepts: 1) describing and interpreting patterns of organismal diversity (measuring biodiversity); 2) describing and interpreting the fit of organisms to their environment (measuring adaptation).

To achieve this Maurizio’s lab combines genetic and genomic data, with a range of other investigative approaches including environmental modelling, functional ecology and more recently indigenous knowledge. Although he is interested in the Australian flora in general, much of his research has been on rainforest trees, with a particular focus on investigating how temporal changes and dispersal potential affect landscape-level dynamics.

Appointments with speaker may be made via m.richardson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/our-science-staff/dr-maurizio-rossetto.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Using biophysical models in marine management planning

SPEAKERS: Dr Kay Chritchell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Marine Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 1st November 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

Physical processes help to shape the distribution of every population on the planet. In the marine environment, many species are at the mercy of the currents for their dispersal and subsequent survival. This dispersal between connected sub-populations drives resilience and recovery, and understanding the dispersal pathways allows managers to make informed decisions.

In this talk I will discuss my PhD work on dispersal pathways of plastic pollution in the Whitsunday Islands, and my subsequent collaborative work applying those principles and skills to organisms in various sea-scapes (such as Sulawesi, Palau, and the Great Barrier Reef). I will discuss what this dispersal means for their populations, and our management actions.

BIO.

Kay is a post-doc in the Marine Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, lead by Eric A. Treml. She was awarded a PhD from James Cook University in 2018.

Her research focuses on the physical processes that influence the distributions of organisms and pollutants, in time and space. Kay’s PhD thesis explored and quantified the processes that effect the movement and accumulation of plastic pollution, including microplastics, in the coastal zone.

Kay has since worked on projects exploring larval dispersal, and the impact of management decisions in the marine environment. Kay’s current work is focused on larval transport and conservation priorities for fisheries management.

Appointments with speaker may be made via kay.critchell@deakin.edu.au .

For more info: you can find a list of Kay’s publications on ORCID, and she tweets about her research from her Twitter Account.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Genetic and epigenetic drivers of invasion

SPEAKERS: Assoc Prof Lee Ann Rollins, UNSW Scientia Fellow, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of NSW, Sydney

DATE: Friday, 25th October 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room)

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

Exotic invasions offer an ideal opportunity to investigate evolution, which often occurs rapidly when organisms are introduced to novel environments. Although ecological correlates of invasion success are well-studied, our knowledge of the underlying molecular mechanisms is poor.

In this talk, I will present recent findings from our research group regarding the roles of genetic and epigenetic change in two highly successful invaders, cane toads and starlings. I will also discuss potential roles for microbiomes and parasites to influence invasion success in their hosts, and our work to investigate these possibilities. In combination, our research indicates that the genetics and epigenetics of invasive populations are likely to be key drivers of invasion success.

BIO.

Lee Rollins is a Scientia Fellow in Evolution & Ecology Research Centre and the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science at UNSW Sydney. She was awarded a PhD from UNSW in Conservation Genetics in 2009 and was awarded fellowships from Deakin University (2012) and from the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher scheme (2015).

Her research investigates genetic and epigenetic drivers of evolution during exotic species invasion using species like cane toads and starlings. She is keen to understand how environmental factors affect genome function across generations, a topic that likely impacts all organisms on our planet.

Appointments with speaker may be made via kate.buchanan@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: http://www.eerc.unsw.edu.au/lee-ann-rollins.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Sexual selection before and after mating

SPEAKERS: Professor Leigh Simmons, Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia, WA

DATE: Friday, 18th October 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room)

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

What to do when you cannot have it all? A fundamental tenant of life history theory is the notion than animals have a limited supply of resources that must be allocated to different activities to maximize fitness. Males must decide how much they invest in competing for females (the weapons and ornaments of pre-mating sexual selection) and how much they must invest in their fertility (ejaculates used in post-mating sexual competition).

In this overview of his work, Leigh will give a general introduction to pre- and post-mating sexual selection, before briefly outlining some theoretical models used to predict the evolution of male sexual traits in the face of competing demands. He will then present some empirical studies that have sought to test these predictions. In so doing he will be focussing on research on three model systems, dung beetles, frogs and field crickets, and on a series of comparative analyses.

BIO.

Leigh Simmons is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Western Australia. He studied at the University of Nottingham where he received his PhD in 1986. He held a research fellowship at the University of Liverpool UK before moving to Australia in 1995.

He has published more than 350 articles and 5 books on the behavior and ecology of reproduction in an array of taxa from insects to humans. He is Editor-in Chief of Behavioral Ecology and Editor of Advances in the Study of Behavior. He is a recipient of the Zoological Society of London’s Scientific Medal, held an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship from 2005-2009, and was elected to the Australian Academy in 2009.

Appointments with speaker may be made via natasha.kaukov@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/leigh-simmons.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: joint seminar, presented by Dr Kate Watermeyer (Modelling, what is it good for? Supporting ecosystem-based conservation) and Dr Chloe Sato (Life as an ECR: alpine reptiles, agri-environment schemes, biodiversity indicators and ecosystem collapse)

SPEAKERS: Dr Kate Watermeyer & Dr Chloe Sato, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, The Conservation Science Research Group, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 4th October 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

DR KATE WATERMEYER: Modelling, what is it good for? Supporting ecosystem-based conservation.

ABSTRACT.

An ecosystem-based approach to conservation and management offers great potential to address large-scale threats and interactions missed by a more traditional species-focused approach, but it’s not without its challenges. Models can go a long way towards tackling some of these difficulties, from understanding system dynamics, to testing the indicators used to monitor states and trends and inform management decisions.

In this talk I’ll briefly discuss some of the approaches I’ve been involved in over my PhD and time as a postdoc, here at Deakin and elsewhere, working on marine and terrestrial ecosystem change and biodiversity indicators.

BIO.

Kate is a Research Fellow in Emily Nicholson’s Conservation Science group at Deakin (Burwood), working together on developing and testing biodiversity indicators for conservation and monitoring.

She is an ecologist with a background in marine biology, oceanography and atmosphere science, previously based at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, and in the Global Change Biology Group at Stellenbosch University, both South Africa.

Her research interests include biodiversity indicators, ecosystem modelling, and drivers of system-level change.

DR CHLOE SATO: Life as an ECR: alpine reptiles, agri-environment schemes, biodiversity indicators and ecosystem collapse.

ABSTRACT.

This isn’t your ‘traditional’ research talk… Dr Chloe Sato is going to fly through her 5-year history as an ECR both within and outside academia.

It’s been a wild ride of experimental manipulations to understand alpine reptile ecology, assessing agri-environment scheme effectiveness, investigating theoretical and practical applications of biodiversity indicators, exploring ecosystem collapse and risk assessments, and finding ways to use this knowledge in government.

By the end of this talk, Chloe is hoping you know her a little better, what she’s doing now, her broad research motivations, and that it encourages discussions to shape her research over the next three years.

BIO.

Dr Chloe Sato has recently joined the lab of Associate Professor Emily Nicholson and is exploring ecosystem risk assessments in alpine systems under changing climate regimes. She has previously worked for ACT Government and NSW Government as part of the Environmental Offsets Team and Saving Our Species Team respectively.

Before her time in government, she was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University with Professor David Lindenmayer and conducted research in the areas of biodiversity surrogates, ecosystem collapse and assessing the effectiveness of agri-environment schemes in temperate woodlands.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Chloe Sato (c.sato@deakin.edu.au) or Kate Watermeyer (kate.watermeyer@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://conservationscience.org.au/#post-564.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Mapping the world’s reptile distributions

SPEAKER: Professor Shai Meiri, Curator of Land Vertebrates, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

DATE: Friday, 13th September 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood – Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

Over the last years I have been working with a group of herpetologists and ecologists to document and map the diversity of all the world’s reptile species. Despite reptile numbers growing by ~200 species annually we have recently managed to obtain a rough draft of the ranges of some 99% of the world’s 11,000 or so species, and are now working hard to further improve it.

I will explain how we have done this, what needs to be taken with a largish grain of salt, and what scientific and conservation projects we are using these data for nowadays, or aim to use them for in the near future.

BIO.

PhD: Tel Aviv University, postdoc: Imperial College London, now: Assoc. Prof. at Tel Aviv University, and on a sabbatical in Monash for a year.

Appointments with speaker may be made via natasha.kaukov@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: http://shaimeirilab.weebly.com/lab-members.html.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Drone-based hyperspectral remote sensing to monitor marine and coastal ecosystems

SPEAKER: Dr Jonathan Kok, Research Scientist, Technology Development Engineering, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), QLD

DATE: Friday, 6th September 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Warrnambool Campus – Room B3.03

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 and Melbourne Campus at Burwood – The Burwood Corporate Centre

ABSTRACT.

Hyperspectral remote sensing is a unique image acquisition method for studying light response properties of different materials. Materials could be anything such as corals, seagrass, water, coral cores, rocks, leaf, pineapple, etc. The data generated is a 2D image of a scene with each pixel containing its corresponding reflected spectral property, essentially a multi-dimensional dataset.

Unlike conventional cameras that capture only three channels of colour information (namely, red, green and blue), hyperspectral imaging captures hundreds of channels of colour information which allows for a continuous band of spectral information to be measured across every pixel in the scene. This unique spectral profile is known as the material’s spectral signature. The materials spectral signature are like fingerprints, allowing us to study, classify and monitor materials through non-destructive means.

Coupled with drone capabilities (on demand use, medium range, customisable missions, etc), the information-rich spectra provide usefulness in a range of marine science applications, such as pre-bleaching indicators, coral reef health/diversity maps, water quality, change detection, seagrass monitoring, coastal monitoring, etc.

BIO.

Dr Jon Kok is a Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) within the Technology Development Engineering team. He is currently developing and demonstrating the use of hyperspectral technology for a range of marine and coastal science applications, such as seagrass monitoring, water quality, shallow coral reef mapping, bleaching/stress studies, fluorescence properties of coral skeleton cores and corals, etc.

Other than hyperspectral technology, Jon is also familiar with autonomous systems in aerial drones, optimisation problems and algorithms (genetic algorithm, MOEA, etc), multi-objective optimisation problems and algorithms, artificial intelligence/machine learning, 3D printing, automated image processing methods, and snowboarding.

Appointments with speaker may be made via npucino@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://www.aims.gov.au/.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Evaluating conservation outcomes with evidence, models and expert elicitation for better decisions

SPEAKER: Dr Jessica Walsh, Head, Conservation Science Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

DATE: Friday, 30th August 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

The core theme of my research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and developing frameworks to improve management decisions. In this talk, I will present my research on the conservation of Pacific salmon in Canada and give a snapshot of my current and past work on Australian woodland birds, data-limited fisheries and evidence-based conservation.

I applied a Priority Threat Management framework to prioritise conservation recovery strategies for salmon over the next 20 years, in collaboration with First Nations on the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Effective management of five species of Pacific salmon is extremely important in Canada and the US, given their immense commercial, social, cultural and ecological significance. Yet, until now there was no strategic or integrated approach that considers costs, benefits and feasibility to ensure the limited resources allocated to hundreds of salmon populations are spent wisely.

BIO.

Jessica Walsh is a Lecturer at Monash University. Her current work focuses on identifying evidence-based management strategies for Australian woodland birds and calculating the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity offsets.

For her PhD, Jessica identified the barriers and solutions to implementing evidence-based conservation at the University of Cambridge.

She has previously assessed the return on investment of invasive species control, dabbled in global fisheries modelling and evaluated the effectiveness of threatened species recovery planning in Australia.

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://www.monash.edu/science/schools/biological-sciences/staff/jessica-walsh.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Predicting global hotspots of nature-land use conflict

SPEAKER: Dr Payal Bal, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group, University of Melbourne

DATE: Friday, 23rd August 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

Economic policy can have profound effects on the environment through its pervasive influence on human consumption and land use. Land-use change, as driven by consumption, is the number one driver of loss of species habitat. Although studies have broadly characterised the links between global consumption, land use and biodiversity, current analyses cannot identify the location and severity of the impacts of human consumption on biodiversity. There exists a unique opportunity to develop and apply predictive methods for identifying regions of impending conflict between nature and land use. I work with colleagues at the University of Melbourne (Brendan Wintle, Tom Kompas, Simon Kapitza, Matthew Cantele and other researchers) to develop a global, coupled economic, land-use and ecological modelling framework to evaluate the influence of economic decisions (e.g. trade agreements) on production and consumption patterns (i.e., commodity supply and demand) and subsequently on land-use and the displacement of biodiversity.

Our prototype approach downscales global trade patterns to local (<1ha) biodiversity impacts via a land-use change model at a national scale. I am currently working on extending this approach to a global scale, expanding on the number of commodities, economic regions and species considered within the assessment. Our aim is to provide high-resolution spatial models of species’ ranges (and range changes) for over 100,000 species on a worldwide scale, under future scenarios of economic and environmental change.

BIO.

I work in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at the University of Melbourne and am currently involved in a Discovery project to assess the global impacts of trade on biodiversity. During my doctoral research at the University of Queensland, I have applied decision-analysis and structured decision-making approaches to evaluate biodiversity indicators and to monitoring strategies for improving conservation decisions. I have previously worked on modelling spatial vegetation patterns to develop indicators of ecosystem collapse; on developing methods of abundance estimation from biodiversity survey data; and on studying the man-animal conflict in India.

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RNri_C0AAAAJ&hl=en.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Digital tools and training for environmental science

SPEAKER: Dr Chantal Huijbers, Training and Engagement Manager, eResearch Services, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD

DATE: Friday, 16th August 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

In this seminar, Chantal Huijbers will showcase two free-to-use online platforms that can be used for environmental sciences: the Biodiversity and Climate Virtual Laboratory (www.bccvl.org.au) and the ecocloud Platform (www.ecocloud.org.au).

These platforms provide access to national and global biodiversity, climate and environmental datasets integrated with a suite of analytical tools and linked to high-performance cloud computing infrastructure.

The BCCVL is a point-and-click online platform for modelling species responses to environmental conditions, which provides an easy introduction into the scientific concepts of models without the need for the user to understand the code behind the models.

For ecologists who write their own modelling scripts, ecocloud provides access to data connected with command-line analysis tools like RStudio & Jupyter Notebooks as well as a virtual desktop environment using Australia’s national cloud computing infrastructure.

Linked to these tools is a national training program, ecoEd, that provides ready-to-use lecture and workshop materials that are free to use in your courses. These materials use BCCVL and ecocloud, but also include modules for other tools such as the Atlas of Living Australia.

Chantal will show how you can use these tools for your own research as well as how these can be easily integrated in various undergraduate courses.

BIO.

Dr Chantal Huijbers is the Training and Engagement Manager for digital research infrastructures in the EcoSciences domain. She is based at Griffith University in the eResearch Services team.

Her work includes helping build a community and skills base around the Australian Research Data Commons-funded Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory and ecocloud, in collaboration with other NCRIS infrastructures such as the Atlas of Living Australia and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.

Chantal has a research background in ecology, and uses this to translate the needs of the scientific community to the developers of the platforms. She also manages ecoEd, the innovative national training program for digital EcoSciences.

Please note – This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about our ecological research infrastructure!

Chantal will also give a hands-on workshop/training on these tools in the morning at 10am in BCC, with VMP available for those not at Burwood (BCC VMP 3 – 522 54631). Please contact Emily Nicholson (e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au) if you plan to go.

In the afternoon after her seminar, she will be available for more questions and help. Please let me know if you would like to meet with Chantal in addition to these opportunities.

Make the most of her being here to learn more about our available infrastructure!

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://twitter.com/ChantalHuijbers.


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