Nature Advisory Botanical Scholarship

EEE are excited to announce a new honours scholarship for students undertaking an honours year in the department, with a focus on field botany and plant identification.

Nature Advisory is one of Australia’s leading specialist ecological consultancies, advising government, private and corporate clients how to address the requirements of Australia’s biodiversity regulations.  Commonwealth, state and local government regulations control how development projects of any type can affect biodiversity and require them to ensure their impacts are avoided where possible, or minimised and offset.  Nature Advisory undertakes scientific impact assessments, works with developers to apply these principles and prepares technical reports that accompany development applications.  This sector is now one of the largest employers of botanists and zoologists in the country.

To reflect its commitment to develop excellent environmental professionals, Nature Advisory is proud to support La Trobe University in offering a scholarship to support the professional development of passionate, young botanists.

This scholarship comprises both a stipend and a contribution to research costs to a total of $15 000. Importantly, the research project supported must require the recipient to continue developing excellent plant identification skills.  Subject to academic performance, the candidate will be eligible to apply for a 12-month position with Nature Advisory.

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EEE Seminars

EEE are excited to announce that our seminar series will now be delivered online via Zoom.  We have an exciting range of speakers lined up.  Seminars will begin at 12 pm on Wednesdays. A link to a recording of each seminar will be posted below. Contact the department by email if you would like to attend live.

DateSpeakerTopicSeminar recording link
May 6thProf. Jenny Graves, La Trobe University"Australian animals reveal how sex determination works and how it evolved"Jenny Graves Seminar
May 13th

April Reside, University of Queensland

Death by a thousand cuts: conservation challenges for the Black-throated finch, and what this means for Australia’s environmental law reform

April Reside Seminar
May 20th

Adriana Verges, University of New South Wales

Operation Crayweed and Operation Posidonia: engaging the public to restore underwater forests and meadows

Adriana Verges Seminar
May 27th

Kerry Fanson, La Trobe University

Animal physiology

June 3rd

Ewen Silvester, La Trobe University

'Good, don’t call me good’: assessing peatland function and condition from seasonal patterns and event response.

The Conversation

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