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.


Erinn Richmond, Monash University

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, to experimentally test how we can manipulate ecological interactions and evolutionary dynamics to restore native species and functional ecosystems impacted by big global change drivers (climate, landscape, invasive species, emerging infectious disease) at whole-of-landscape scale.


Adriana Verges, University of New South Wales