The Department is 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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The Department's seminar series for 2022 will follow on from the success of previous years, and be delivered via Zoom.
We have an exciting line up with speakers from Victoria, interstate and overseas. Seminars are on Wednesdays and begin at 12 pm unless otherwise indicated. A link to a recording of each seminar will be posted after the seminar.
Click this link to join the Zoom.
Semester One 2022 will be posted soon.
Radio and News Articles
featuring staff and research students in the Department:
- Christina Lipka - Abbott's booby, aka Christmas Island's 'teddy bear' birds, helped by new research - ABC News
- Alex Maisey - 'Solitary' lyrebirds band together to save themselves in 'incredible' show of unity under bushfire threat - ABC News
- Alex Maisey and Daniel Nugent - Lyrebirds and forest owl populations decimated in bushfire crisis - The Age
- 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 staff and research students of the Department:
- Australia's Insects Disappearing Before Being Described and Named - Assc. Prof Heloise Gibb, ABC Radio
- La Trobe University Living History - Dr Pat Woolley
- A Science Story: Saving Christmas - Lateral Magazine
- Yellow Crazy Ant Bio-control on Christmas Island - ABC Radio
- Exotic Ants on Christmas Island - ABC Radio
The Department of Environment and Genetics 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:
News & Seminars Archive
Here you will find links to recordings of past departmental seminars which were presented via Zoom.
Semester Two - 2021
|July 21st||David Deane, La Trobe University||A null model for species diversity in subdivided habitat||Watch David's seminar|
|July 28th||Martin Westgate, CSIRO||Improving the Atlas of Living Australia for ecological researchers||Watch Martin's seminar|
Aug 4th |
9 am start
|Chris Wood, University of British Colombia|
Lessons in physiology from a fish living in the most extreme aquatic environment on Earth
|Watch Chris' seminar|
|Aug 11th||Romina Rader, University of New England|
Pollination ecosystem services
|Aug 18th||Ashley Sparrow, Arthur Rylah Institute|
The art of making run-down ecosystems new again
|Watch Ashley's seminar|
|Aug 25th||Sarah Whitely, University of Canberra|
Epigenetic mechanisms driving temperature induced sex reversal in the dragon lizard, Pogona vitticeps
|Watch Sarah's seminar|
|Sept 8th||Tracey Regan, Arthur Rylah Institute|
Decision science for complex environmental problems
|Watch Tracey's seminar|
|Sept 15th||Therese Lofroth, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences|
Conservation of invertebrates in boreal forests
|Watch Therese's seminar|
4 pm start
|Kate Parr, Liverpool University|
Ecosystem impact of social insects
|Sept 28th||Iliana Medina, University of Melbourne|
The wonder of birds’ nests: are they more important than we suspected?
Howard Jacobs, Tampere University
Alternative respiratory chain enzymes: what they do and why we lost them
|Oct 13th||Bronte van Helden, Universit of Western Australia|
Ecology of the western ringtail possum
Semester One - 2021
|March 3rd||Meghan Castelli, University of Canberra|
Temperature sex reversal and evolving thermal thresholds in the wild
|Watch Meghan's seminar|
|One Pagan, West Cheshire University||Animals and Intoxication||Watch One's seminar|
|March 17th||Angie Haslem, Department of Environment and Genetics, La Trobe University|
Tracking the recovery of bird communities following restoration in agricultural environments: insights from a multi-scale, long-term study
|Watch Angie's seminar|
|March 24th||Alejandro Ordonez, Aarhus University||Rising Novelty in Ecosystems and Climates||Watch Alejandro's Seminar|
|March 31st||Denise Fernando, Department of Environment and Genetics, La Trobe University|
Black box, the iconic Murray Darling Basin eucalypt: nutrition through flooding
|Watch Denise's seminar|
|David Nash, University of Brighton, UK|
Geochemical fingerprinting the sarsen stones at Stonehenge
|Watch David's seminar|
|April 21st||Chris Reid, The Australian Museum, NSW|
The leaf beetles and why they are important
|Watch Chris' seminar|
|April 28th||Akane Uesugi, RMIT|
Rapid evolution of drought resistance in invasive capeweed
|Watch Akane's seminar|
|May 5th||Andre Siebers, Centre for Freshwater Ecology, La Trobe University|
Towards an improved understanding of biogeochemical processes across surface-groundwater interactions in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams
|Watch Andre's seminar|
|May 12th||Lars Brudvig, Michigan State University, USA|
Restoration of longleaf pine savannas in the southeastern United States
|Watch Lars' seminar|
|May 19th||Amanda Franklin, University of Melbourne|
Why are beetles so brilliant? Vision and colour of Australian beetles
|Watch Amanda's seminar|
|May 26th||Katherine Moseby, University of New South Wales|
Conservation of Australian mammals
|Watch Katherine's seminar|
Semester Two - 2020
|Date||Speaker||Topic||Seminar recording link|
La Trobe University
Cross talk between microbial ecology and the rest of ecology
|Watch Jen Wood's seminar|
University of Queensland
The importance of urban green space for biodiversity and human health and wellbeing
|Watch Richard Fuller's seminar|
Phillip Island NP
|Using drones, Citizen Science and fur seals for healthy oceans||Watch Rebecca McIntosh's seminar|
Eudyptes EcoConsulting Ltd.
Seabird conservation research between midnight sun and shadowlands
|Watch Ursula Ellenberg's seminar|
La Trobe University
Does regenerative agriculture benefit biodiversity?
|Watch Jim Radford's seminar|
|Conservation biogeography: assessing the vulnerability of plants in a rapidly changing world||Watch Rachael Gallagher's seminar|
University of Western Sydney
Towards prediction and quantification of bushfire impacts in Australian forests
|Watch Rachel Nolan's seminar (La Trobe accounts only)|
|Conservation biology - the fearful perspective||Watch Daniel Blumstein's seminar|
|Exploring the necrobiome||Watch Philip Barton's seminar|
Sept 30th |
University of Liverpool, UK
|Constraints, challenges and consequences for seabirds: Insights from ecological energetics||Watch Jonathan Green's seminar|
Colorado State University
Bological roles and conservation challenges of burrowing mammals in the world's grasslands
|Watch Ana Davidson's seminar|
|October 14th||Eleanor Slade, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore||Using trait-based ecology to study responses of insects along environmental gradients||Watch Eleanor Slade's seminar|
Semester One 2020
|Date||Speaker||Topic||Seminar recording link|
|May 6th||Prof. Jenny Graves, La Trobe University||"Australian animals reveal how sex determination works and how it evolved"||Jenny Graves Seminar|
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|
Adriana Verges, University of New South Wales
Operation Crayweed and Operation Posidonia: engaging the public to restore underwater forests and meadows
|Adriana Verges Seminar|
Kerry Fanson, La Trobe University
|Kerry Fanson Seminar|
Ewen Silvester, La Trobe University
'Good, don’t call me good’: assessing peatland function and condition from seasonal patterns and event response.
|Ewen Silvester Seminar|