Upcoming Events

Ecosystem services and modern agriculture: friends or enemies?

Speaker: Dr Saul Cunningham

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

The ecosystem services concept was created to make explicit the economic benefits that flow from natural processes, with the idea that this would then lead to their better management. Agriculture is clearly strongly dependent upon natural processes to sustain ongoing production, and so ‘ecosystem services thinking’ is often part of the conversation regarding agricultural practice and innovation. Crop pollination is one such ecosystem service to agriculture that has received a lot of attention in recent years. Saul will present his

Where the wild things are. A brief history of thylacine and devil extinctions over the last 20,000 years

Speaker: Associate Professor Jeremy Austin

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Thylacines (Tasmanian tigers, Thylacinus cynocephalus) and Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) were the only large marsupial carnivores to survive the late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions in Australia. Both species were once widespread on the Australian mainland but are thought to have gone extinct there in the mid-Holocene. Apparently surviving only on the island of Tasmania, thylacines were hunted to extinction there by 1936, while devils are currently threatened with extinction by a contagious cancer. As a fifth-generation Tasmanian Jeremy has a long-standing

Poo, Paws and PCR: molecular ecology for wildlife conservation

Speaker: Cat Campbell

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Modern molecular techniques enable us to address fundamental ecological questions previously out of reach. My project has used these tools to study interactions between native and invasive species, with each component having an applied focus. Firstly, molecular and historical data was used to determine the provenance of sugar gliders that are severely affecting a critically endangered parrot in Tasmania. In New Zealand, we mapped the population structure of brushtail possums to confirm the introduction of two sub-species and evidence of