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KEYNOTE - Professor Ian Lunt, Associate Professor in Vegetation Ecology & Management at Charles Sturt University, Albury NSW.
Ian lectures in vegetation ecology and ecosystem management. Before returning to university, Ian worked as a field botanist and conservation planner for government agencies in Victoria. Ian's research interests include ecological restoration, grassland and woodland management, and historical changes in Australian ecosystems. Ian has published over 60 refereed scientific papers and book chapters, and many popular articles. He co-wrote the popular field guide to grassland and woodland plants, Plains Wandering: Exploring the Grassy Plains of South-east Australia, published by the Victorian National Parks Association and Trust for Nature, and every few weeks writes about plants, vegetation ecology and conservation on his informative and entertaining blog.
PLENARY (Securing Biodiversity) - Professor David Bowman, University of Tasmania.
David's research is focused on the ecology, evolution, biogeography and management of Australian forested landscapes. Specifically, he undertakes pure and applied research to understand the effects of global environmental change, natural climate variability and the cessation of Aboriginal landscape burning on bushfire activity and landscape change. His research programs, involving national and international collaborators, use an assortment of techniques, including remote sensing and geographic information analyses, stable isotopes, ecophysiological analyses, mathematical modeling, biological survey and molecular analyses.
PLENARY (Prioritising Actions) – Dr Terry Walshe, University of Melbourne.
Terry’s research deals with the intersection of technical and social dimensions of decision-making. He is especially interested in developing techniques that better address societal values, risk and uncertainty, and frailties in expert opinion. His research has included contributions to forest management, conservation planning, fisheries management, alpine ecology, river restoration, fire management, irrigation, salinity and biosecurity.
PLENARY (Animals in Plant Conservation) - Professor Jonathon Majer, Professor of Invertebrate Conservation at the Curtin University Institute for Biodiversity and Climate, Perth WA. Jonathan's mission is to educate students, practitioners and the public about the importance of invertebrates to ourselves and to the very existence of the world as we know it. This mission is reflected in his research and teaching programs and through his recent presidency of the Australian Entomological Society. He has worked extensively in the field of mine site rehabilitation as well as co-authoring a book presenting protocols for surveying ants as part of biodiversity assessments. Jonathan has also written and edited numerous other publications and papers.
PLENARY (Engagement and Communication in the Modern World) – Andrew Smith, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Hobart.
Andrew manages around 30 staff delivering engagement, education, interpretation, communication, marketing and volunteering outcomes for the Service. Has particular interest in the development of social media as a communication and engagement tool, and the health and well-being impacts of natural areas. Andrew is pleased to have initiated a program for recent immigrants and refugees (GO with Community) that introduces them to National Parks and Reserves, supports visits and builds leadership skills, as a way of creating connections with place and community. Founder of WildCare Inc.
Prof. Paulo de Souza - CSIRO - Micro-sensing Technologies and Systems, Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader on CSIRO Computational Informatics – Paulo's team at CSIRO have developed tiny Radio Frequency Identification sensors that work in a similar way to a vehicle's e-tag, which they attach to bees to monitor activity. The information is then sent remotely to a central location where researchers can use the signals from the 5 000 sensors to build a comprehensive three dimensional model and visualise how these insects move through the landscape. Dr de Souza will bring a working system to the Technology Session, show how it works, and how the data is analysed and visualised.http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Media/Bee-sensors-take-flight-to-help-farmers.aspx
Naomi Lawrence - Senior Botanist/Natural Values Atlas Coordinator DPIPWE - Natural Values Atlas
Naomi is a senior botanist in the Resource Management and Conservation Division in the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment. She will be presenting the state’s Natural Values Atlas and demonstrating its usage as a resource tool for land managers.The Natural Values Atlas provides an easy to use web interface allowing access to authoritative and comprehensive natural values information. It draws together in one centralised location data on Tasmanian flora and fauna including Threatened species and weeds as well as the Tasmanian Geodiversity Database. It also incorporates access to other essential data sets such as TASVEG, Threatened communities and Reserves. The Natural Values Atlas is a supported information tool that ensures knowledge about Tasmania’s valuable natural assets is readily available and quickly obtained. This information informs planning and decision making processes across all levels of government, industry and the general public, assisting to improve conservation outcomes for natural values in the State.
Rian Taylor - Unmanned aerial vehicles eg drones.
Rian is an FPV (first person viewing) pilot living in Hobart who has been building and flying planes and UAV systems for about 4 years. He is hoping to start up a business building and repairing machines to specification and is hoping to get a commercial license soon. He is very enthusiastic about the potential of this technology into the future.
Dr Arko Lucieer- Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS, School of Land & Food, University of Tasmania.
Arko will display a range of remote sensing equipment used by the TerraLuma Project www.terraluma.net and demonstrate its application for researchers.He is the founder and team leader of the TerraLuma research group and a Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS. His expertise is in environmental remote sensing focusing on the analysis of satellite and airborne imagery, in particular image texture measures, classification, object-based image analysis, change detection, and terrain analysis techniques. Since 2009, his research focus has shifted to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for environmental remote sensing and aerial surveying applications, with a current research focus on Antarctic moss bed mapping using UAS and development of a hyperspectral UAS for a wide range of applications. For more information about other research projects and publications by Dr Lucieer go to - http://www.lucieer.net
James Wood/David Marrison– Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens - Flickr photo sharing site and potential to engage.
James is the RTBG Seed Conservation Manager and David is a Team Leader at the RTBG. Both were instrumental in setting up the RTBG flickr photo sharing site and actively contribute to its images and information. This site has been one of the most actively accessed internet sites that the RTBG maintains and has provided a conduit for promoting the Gardens and the importantly, the conservation work which the RTBG participates in. James and David will be on hand to discuss the set-up, maintenance and on-going engagement potential of flickr for conservation organisations.