CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Climate change and biodiversity – resilience for an uncertain future

SPEAKER: Prof Stephen Williams, College of Science & Engineering, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD

DATE: Friday, 12th April 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)

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt,then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

ABSTRACT.

The Australian Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the highest biodiversity region in Australia (45% of all vertebrate species) and was recently described as the second most important World Heritage Area in the world because of the unique concentration of endemic, rare and ancient species. The vertebrate fauna of the Wet Tropics has outstanding and exceptionally high levels of endemism and diversity with the highest concentration in the mountain rainforests.

Unfortunately, the amazing biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is in trouble. Long-term monitoring demonstrates that many species have already declined in both distribution area and population size and these trends are continuing. Declines are particularly obvious in the endemic, rare, ancient and rainforest specialized species that are the key components of the regions outstanding value. Climate change is already causing significant impacts with many species disappearing at the lower elevation, warmer part of their range – Ringtail Possums and approximately 50% of the rainforest birds already show changes in abundance and distribution in accord with expectations associated with climate change. In fact, impacts are happening earlier and faster than predicted. There is a very real potential for significant biodiversity loss, especially of the high conservation value species that the region was originally protected to preserve.

BIO.

I founded the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change research (CTBCC) at James Cook University in 2006 and was the inaugural Director for six years (2006-2012) and subsequently the program leader for the Global Change Program. I was the convenor/director of the NCCARF National Adaptation Research Network – Terrestrial Biodiversity (2009-2013) and then directed the Natural Ecosystems Network under NCCARF II (2014-2017). I was the founding Chair of the IUCN Climate Change & Biodiversity Specialist Group and Chaired the Wet Tropics Management Authority Science Advisory Committee for five years.

My research is focused on understanding biodiversity, assessing the vulnerability of ecosystems to global change and using this knowledge to maximise the positive benefits of natural resource management and policy.

Appointments with speaker may be made via John Endler (john.endler@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://research.jcu.edu.au/portfolio/stephen.williams/

 

CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Faster, taller, more – patterns and drivers of plant community change on high-alpine mountain summits

SPEAKER: Dr Sonja Wipf, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Switzerland

DATE: Friday, 22nd March 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)

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

ABSTRACT.

Climate warming is one of the most prominent driver of community change in regions relatively unaffected by direct human impact. The largely pristine high altitude and high latitude regions of the N hemisphere are warming at much higher rates than the global average.

To investigate how and at which rates global changes affected European high-altitude plant communities over the past century, we assembled a long-term (>100 years) dataset of plant community re-surveys on over 300 European mountain summits. I will present how high-alpine plant communities changed in richness and functional composition, which types of species are prone to local extinctions, and how changes relate to different climate change drivers.

RESEARCH INTERESTS.

Due to the narrow climatic constraints, the strong environmental gradients and the relative naturalness, alpine and arctic ecosystems have been a major playground for generations of researchers. My research deals with the impacts of climate change, agriculture and tourism on alpine and arctic plants and soils, and the interaction between the two.

CURRICULUM.

since 2017: Senior Researcher (currently 50%), team “Mountain Ecosystems” at WSL/SLF Davos

since 2010: Research associate, team “Mountain Ecosystems” at WSL/SLF Davos

2008-2010: PostDoc (75%), Soil Biogeochemistry Group, WSL Birmensdorf

2007-2008: PostDoc, The James Hutton Institute (former Macaulay Institute), Aberdeen, Scotland UK

Appointments with speaker may be made via Susanna Venn (susanna.venn@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://www.wsl.ch/de/mitarbeitende/wipf.html

 

A Public Symposium on Integrative Ecology by Research for Educational Impact (REDI)

A Public Symposium on Integrative Ecology brought to you by Research for Educational Impact (REDI).

Registration is now open – click here to register.

Integrative Ecology investigates the living environment. Through this symposium we will showcase researchers who are investigating the mechanisms of immediate and evolutionary response to environmental changes, not just what conditions endanger some species during change.

At Deakin University the Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE) combines ecology, evolution, and ecological physiology and research falls into three overlapping focal areas:

  • Environmental change has a direct impact on individual organisms, which is notably studied in the fields of sensory ecology and animal physiology.
  • These responses lead to changes at the level of populations and communities.
  • Environmental change, however, not only results in immediate responses but also imparts variation in selection pressures, ultimately leading to evolutionary change.

Date And Time: Thu., 11 April 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm AEST

Location: Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3008, Australia

A workshop for teachers will be offered in the afternoon, to assist teachers to develop ecology-based activities in the classroom.

A pre-event briefing (9.00 am-10.00 am) will also be held for teachers wishing to attend the classroom workshop, bringing the total event time for teachers to 9.00 am—4.00 pm.

The event will run from 10.00 am—1.00 pm for non-teachers and members of the public.

Registration is now open – click here to register.

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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Fox hunting for conservation? Grouse, red foxes and the effectiveness of predator control

SPEAKER: Jim-Lino Kämmerle, Visiting PhD student, Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Germany

DATE: Friday, 8th March 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).

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

ABSTRACT. The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a mammalian mesopredator with global relevance for conservation and often subject to control efforts. One such example comes from grouse conservation in the forest-farmland mosaic landscapes of Europe. Although not threatened at a global scale, many Central European grouse populations are red-listed and suffer from low reproductive success. Predators of eggs and chicks, especially generalist predators that benefit from landscape fragmentation, have been implicated in this development. While intensive control of predator abundance can benefit prey populations, in practice the effectiveness of predator control is rarely quantified, contesting the appropriateness of predator control as a conservation measure. Our current research focusses on this topic, zooming in on a declining remnant population of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in the Black Forest, Germany. We first assessed how range contractions of capercaillie in the area may be linked to landscape configuration and predator abundance before looking at potential pathways, the suitability of predator control as a conservation tool and the effectiveness of the currently applied restricted-area culling in lowering fox abundance and predation pressure by foxes.

BIO. Lino is currently with the Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Freiburg in south-western Germany, where he is completing his PhD on the effectiveness of restricted-area fox culls while also conducting a research project with a wider focus. Apart from his doctorate work, Lino works for the State Forest Research Institute (FVA-BW) as a data analyst in a research project studying the effects of wind turbine development on capercaillie. Lino holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor in Wildlife Management. He is interested in applied ecological research with practical relevance at the interface of people and wildlife.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Euan Ritchie (e.ritchie@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://www.wildlife.uni-freiburg.de/en/Staff/kaemmerle

Integrative ecology symposium with the School of Education

Hi Researchers of the CIE

We would like to invite you to consider this opportunity for you to share your research with wider audiences.  Impact and community engagement are what we are encouraged to consider more and more as academics at Deakin… participating in this project will do both for you.

We invite researchers (at any stage) to join us as we present a public symposium about Integrative Ecology.  The symposium date is the 11th April at Deakin Downtown.  There will be 5 research presentations across the morning session.  Then the public part of the day concludes and lunch will be served to you and the teachers who have offered to stay the full day to continue working.  This work will involve designing and developing teaching and learning sequences for lower secondary science students (years 7 – 10).  We hope that you will stay for the afternoon session to support this process.

A team of Community Science Project students will be supporting this project.  These students will be in touch with you and will facilitate collecting the necessary information prior to the 11th April.  This information may include:

  • A narrative (collected through an interview) regarding the significance of your research
  • A narrative about how you collect data – the methodology/methods of your research
  • Some photos or video of this process would be great (especially if taken in the field) – this will be used to craft video resources to add engagement and interest to the resulting teaching and learning materials.
  • One or two research papers – if you are published in this area.  We would like to design student activities that have them engaging in published science.
  • One or two media articles – if you have any.  This will scaffold students to make accurate judgements about media presentations of science.
  • Some data, if possible… as teachers often find it very hard to access good quality data so they can scaffold student development in learning how to analyse real (secondary) data.

We will also need you to review the final web-based materials once they are generated – towards the end of May.

The process has been designed to be thorough – but not time consuming or onerous for you.

We have successfully worked with several Deakin Scientist previously – check out our materials

https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/contemporary-science-practice-in-schools/

Please contact me if you have any questions.

If you would like to be part of this initiative and raise your project’s profile, can you please send an EOI to Peta White by Friday 1st March 2019?

 

Kind regards,

Peta

Peta White (PhD)

Lecturer in Science and Environmental Education

Bachelor of Science/MTeach D304 Course Director