Professor Mike Clarke discusses the Ecological Illiteracy Crisis on La Trobe University Big Fat Ideas
The Ecological Illiteracy Crisis
Upcoming Event - Genomics and Animal conservation
On October 20th, La Trobe University will host a symposium on genomics and Animal Conservation, featuring speakers from around Australia and overseas. See flyer for details.
Other research news and seminars
La Trobe News
Cockroaches might beat a nuclear war, but not Black Saturday’s fires
A collaborative effort to save the ecosystem of Christmas Island
We host weekly seminars throughout the year, with a diverse range of Australian and international speakers. Seminars take place at 12 pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise stated - all welcome. Check back regularly for updates, new speakers and seminar titles.
|2nd Aug||ELT 1||The influence of vegetation on groundwater.||John Webb||La Trobe University|
|9th Aug||ELT 1||Predicting species responses to climate change: the role of plasticity and evolution.||Vanessa Kellerman||Monash University|
|16th Aug||ELT 1||Plant-insect interactions and floral evolution||Florian Schiestl||University of Zurich|
|23rd Aug||ELT 1||Rhinos, teaching and traditional knowledge: a light-hearted look at an early career ecologists trans-disciplinary journey from rural Africa to the Pacific Islands||Dr Roan Plotz||Bureau of Meteorology|
|30th Aug||ELT 1||The artifice of flowers: Linking pollinator behaviour and floral evolution||Michael Whitehead||University of Melbourne|
|6th Sept||ELT 1||Fossilised leaf wax records of past climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems||Francesca McInerney||University of Adelaide|
|13th Sept||ELT 2||Facilitating riverine management decisions through an understanding of the fundamental niches of animals||Rick Stoffels||CSIRO / La Trobe University|
|20th Sept||ELT1||The cognitive ecology of predator eavesdropping behavior: Learning and memory in a frog-eating bat.||Rachel Page||Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama|
|4th Oct||ELT 1||cancelled|
|11th Oct||ELT 1||Wombats and sarcoptic mange||Scott Carver||University of Tasmania|
|18th Oct||TLC 214||Diversification of Murinae across Wallace’s Line: Integrating taxonomy, genomics, morphology and natural history||Kevin Rowe||Museum of Victoria|
|8 March||Glenn College, Airport Lounge||Biological time-keeping in an urbanizing world: The role of artificial light at night.||Davide Dominoni||University of Glasgow|
|22 March||Glenn College, Airport Lounge||TBA||Amy Edwards||La Trobe University|
|Unlocking Evolutionary Secrets from Marsupial Genomes.||Assoc. Prof. Andrew Pask (FF)||The University of Melbourne|
4 pm |
|Doctor, why does it burn down there? Understanding the effects of fuel management and environmental change on fire and ecosystems in southern Australia.||Luke Collins||La Trobe University|
4 pm |
|Organisation versus scale: implications for conservation planning in variegated landscapes.||Craig Nitschke||The University of Melbourne|
|26 April||4 pm |
|The science and politics of tree death.||Roderick Fensham||The University of Queensland|
|3 May||4 pm |
|The trajectory of plant trait ecology: Where it's come from, where it's going to.||Prof. Mark Westoby||Macquarie University|
|10 May||4 pm |
Dr Nielsen: “Seed bank & dynamics in response to environmental watering”
Ms Campbell: “Vegetation outcomes of flow regimes across the Murray-Darling Basin: consideration of scale and level of organization”
Dr Gehrig: “Flows, floodplains and functions"
|Daryl Nielsen, Cherie Campbell and Susan Gehrig||MDFRC|
|17 May||4 pm |
Integrated modelling for sustainability of coupled human and natural systems.
|Brett Byan||Deakin University|
|24 May||4 pm |
Forests, fire severity and interval squeeze: case studies from SE Australia.
|Lynda Prior||The University of Tasmania|
Radio and News Articles
Mountain Ecosystems undergraduate field trip and Mountain Pygmy Possums in the news. "Possums' tale of survival" - The Border Mail.
Botany field trip students at work "La Trobe University Students Rejuvenate Wimmera Vegetation" - The Wimmera Mail Times.
Radio podcasts and interviews
with members of the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution:
- La Trobe University Living History: Dr Pat Woolley
- Women in Antarctica making up for lost time - ABC Radio
- A Science Story: Saving Christmas - Lateral Magazine
- Light Pollution and Wallaby Reproduction - ABC Radio
- Yellow Crazy Ant Bio-control on Christmas Island - ABC Radio
- Exotic Ants on Christmas Island - ABC Radio
The Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution has several staff members who contribute to The Conversation, an independent news source, whose content is supplied by academics and researchers. The following staff feature on The Conversation: