We are pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers at ESA19
Dr April Reside, The University of Queensland
Dr April Reside is a quantitative ecologist working at the interface between ecology, conservation and policy. She uses ecological data and spatial modelling to find solutions for conservation problems, incorporating climate change projections and co-benefits such as carbon sequestration and storage. April uses spatial planning methods to identify both fine-scale ecological refugees and landscape-scale climate change refugia. She also works with threatened species recovery, with an increasing interest in environmental law and policy. While Dr Reside has worked with all vertebrate groups, she has a particular focus on birds. Her PhD research focussed on Australian tropical savanna birds, understanding their responses to weather and climate and vulnerability to climate change. Dr Reside is a scientific advisor for the Black-throated Finch Recovery Team, working with Birdlife Australia on their Research and Conservation Committee, and her current postdoc investigates the health of subtropical woodland bird communities.
Presentation Title: Bringing ecology into Australia’s environmental law reform
Dr Erinn Richmond, Monash University
Dr Erinn Richmond is a freshwater ecologist with a passion for aquatic insects and the streams and rivers they live in. Erinn completed her PhD in 2017 where she examined the ecological effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on aquatic ecosystems. During her PhD Erinn spent time abroad conducting many artificial stream experiments and working with scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in NY USA. Erinn is currently a post-doctoral research fellow within the Water Studies Centre at Monash University, where she is continuing research on the ecological effects of pharmaceuticals and their uptake in food webs.
Menna Jones, University of Tasmania
Menna Jones is an integrative ecologist applying eco-evolutionary frameworks to biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration. She experimentally tests how we can manipulate ecological interactions and evolutionary dynamics to restore native species and functional ecosystems impacted by big global change drivers (climate, landscape alteration, invasive species, emerging infectious disease). She has long tangled with marsupial carnivore ecology and conservation and is immersed in research on the devil’s transmissible cancer. She is also passionate about fostering inclusion, equity of opportunity and diversity in science. She has somehow managed to raise two boys while making a meaningful contribution to conservation science. Menna is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Sciences – Biological Sciences at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, a recent ARC Future Fellow and the 2017 Fulbright Tasmania Senior Scholar.
An eco-evolutionary approach to restoring functional ecosystems at whole-of-landscape scale
Adriana Verges, University of New South Wales
Adriana Vergés is a marine ecologist based at UNSW Sydney. Her research group investigates the ecological impacts of climate change in marine ecosystems and develops solutions for the conservation of the world’s algal forests and seagrass meadows, which are increasingly under threat. Most of her research is experimental and takes place underwater, with a SCUBA tank strapped to her back. Adriana is one of the lead investigators behind ‘Operation Crayweed’, which is successfully restoring missing underwater forests along the Sydney coastline. This project was awarded a Green Globe Award for Impact by the NSW Government in 2017. Adriana obtained a PhD in Ecology in 2007 from the University of Barcelona. In addition to marine ecology, Adriana is passionate about communicating science to the wider public, especially through films and new media. She has an MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (1999) and she worked in the television industry for 5 years prior to her career in academia.
Dr Cass Hunter, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Dr Cass Hunter is a Kuku Yalanji and Torres Strait Islander woman. She is an Indigenous social ecological research scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Cass leads research on collaborative environmental design, useability and uptake of tools, research translation, and development of participatory tools to support sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems. The central focus of her research is to increase learning about how science outputs can be collated, designed, communicated, stored and retrived in ways that are useful. She is interested in making research more inclusive, accessible, and relevant for our communities.