CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Conserving mangrove forests and their ecosystem services

SPEAKER: Assoc Prof Dan Friess, Dean’s Chair, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

DATE: Friday, 6the December 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.

Mangroves are often found along coastlines that are experiencing rapid population growth, and thus can provide a range of benefits, or ecosystem services to increasing coastal populations. These range from fisheries to coastal protection to spiritual and heritage values, and their diversity means that their assessment requires an interdisciplinary approach.

This seminar will discuss our experiences of measuring and modelling mangrove ecosystem services, including the role of mangroves in storing ‘blue carbon’ for climate change mitigation. Importantly, different services can accrue at different scales, from the site scale to the global scale, providing challenges to their estimation.

We will also discuss how ecosystem services can potentially incentivize mangrove conservation, through novel Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes and international climate agreements, and the implementation challenges that these strategies face.

BIO.

Dan is an Associate Professor and Dean’s Chair in the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on human-environment interactions in the tropical coastal zone, particularly mangrove forests.

Dan’s research group studies the assessment of ecosystem services and their use by local communities, changes to ecosystem services due to deforestation and sea-level rise, and policy mechanisms to conserve ecosystem services. This research is conducted throughout Southeast Asia, as well as Madagascar and New Caledonia.

Dan is also a Lead PI for the Natural Capital Singapore project, a large multi-stakeholder project conducting a national-scale ecosystem service assessment for Singapore.

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

For more info visit https://www.themangrovelab.com/ and http://www.naturalcapital.sg/.


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!

CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Emerging challenges of aquatic invasive species in the Anthropocene

SPEAKER: Prof Julian Olden, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington

DATE: Friday, 29th November 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.

Julian’s research program spans multiple levels of biological organization and modes of inquiry to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. My principal interests include ecohydrology (dams, environmental flows), community ecology (freshwater fishes, amphibians, invertebrates), invasion biology (science and development of management tools), macroecology (testing and advancing the field of biogeography), climate change (impacts and adaptation strategies), and conservation biology (science and implementation at local and regional scales). Although my research program focuses on these major areas, my enthusiasm for research bridges both basic and applied ecology.

A common thread throughout this research is a strong emphasis on the application of quantitative approaches to data analysis, including the development of innovative statistical techniques for exploring complex ecological data.

BIO.

My approach to science has been shaped by numerous experiences with professors, students and collaborators over the years. I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, and it was during this time that my passion for ecological research and freshwater conservation was first sparked; specifically while hauling nets choked with squirming white suckers from central Ontario lakes.

Next, I received my M.Sc. from the University of Toronto (fish community ecology in lakes), my PhD from Colorado State University (conservation of endangered southwestern fishes) and then I was awarded a David H. Smith Conservation Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin (aquatic invasive species ecology and management).

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

For more info: https://fish.uw.edu/faculty/julian-olden/.


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!