Upcoming Events

Ecological genomics of adaptation to environmental change

Speaker: Luciano Beheregaray

Location: 11:29 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Understanding whether natural populations will be able to adapt to selective pressures associated with rapid environmental and climatic change is a research priority. Luciano will present results from three research programs that study adaptation in non-model marine and freshwater organisms by integrating population genomics with environmental mapping, trait phenotyping and mechanistic experiments.

Key findings include: (i) environmental heterogeneity and disturbance influenced adaptive divergence in the presence of gene flow; (ii) gene expression variation contributed to the evolutionary potential of small

Bridges and barriers to adaptive management and adaptive governance: The implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Speaker: Bill Johnson

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

There has been a great deal written and said about adaptive management and adaptive governance since the work of CS Holling, Carl Walters and others in the last quarter of the 20th Century. These days, most natural resource policy and plans include adaptive management of the resource as an objective.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is one of these plans. Adaptive management is defined and referred to throughout. More significantly, many important principles of adaptive management and governance are woven into

The emerging issue of wild deer in eastern Australia: Is the genie out of the bottle?

Speaker: Dave Forsyth

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

Six non-native deer species occur in the wild in Australia, with all states and territories having at least one species present. Deer have long been valued as a hunting resource in Australia, but many populations are expanding in distribution and abundance, creating impacts that are considered unacceptable by some stakeholders. Dr Forsyth will summarise current knowledge about the distributions, abundances and impacts of wild deer in eastern Australia, and the efficacy of management interventions (primarily shooting and fencing) to reduce