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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.

Professor Mike Clarke discusses the Ecological Illiteracy Crisis on La Trobe University Big Fat Ideas

The Ecological Illiteracy Crisis


Other research news and seminars

La Trobe News

Fish deaths in the lower Darling

A report has found the causes of mass fish deaths in the Darling river

Why do bats sleep upside down?

Bats and other stories of animal adaption

Dogs sniff out endangered insects

La Trobe has trained volunteer dogs to detect endangered stoneflies

How birds become male or female

Occasionally, birds can be both male and female

Which witchetty grubs to grab

The future for entomophagy, or humans eating insects, looks promising

Threat to Aussie mammals ranked

New study reveals mammals at greatest risk from cats and foxes

Our complicated relationship with bats

Review of Bat, by Tessa Laird

La Trobe reaches Eureka finals

La Trobe researchers finalists in 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prize

EEE Seminars

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.

Semester Two, 2019
DateLocationTitleSpeakerFrom
July 31st TBA TBA Timm Doebert University of Alberta, Canada
August 7th TBA TBA Gisela Kaplan University of New England, Armidale
August 14th TBA TBA Shauni Omond & Alicia Dimovski Dept EEE, La Trobe University
August 21st TBA TBA Prof. Andy Herries Dept Archaeology & History, La Trobe University
August 28th TBA TBA Marcel Cardillo Australian National University
September 4th TBA TBA Barbara Downes University of Melbourne
September 11th TBA TBA Pia Lentini University of Melbourne
September 18th TBA TBA Simon Jarman University of Western Australia
September 25th TBA TBA Francesco Martoni Agriculture Victoria/La Trobe University
October 9th TBA TBA Rohan Clarke Monash University
October 23rd TBA TBA Heloise Gibb Dept EEE, La Trobe University

Radio and News Articles

Newspaper articles

PhD student Simon Verdon and his research on mallee emu wrens  in the news - Saving Australia's Angriest Bird from Itself - The Age

Assoc. Prof. Heloise Gibb is in the news with her research "Habitat Loss Leaving Planet with only Mediocre Ants, Study Finds"

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:

The Conversation

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: