The environment: 2018 Research Week lunchtime talk

Event status:

Hear environment experts talk about the current state of the environment, how it is changing, and how we can make a positive impact.

Wednesday 29 August 2018 01:00 pm until Wednesday 29 August 2018 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Research Community
Presented by:
Dr Nikki Thurgate, Professor Andrew Bennett, Dr Ruth Gamble
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture

Join some of La Trobe University’s environment experts as they talk about the current state of the environment, how it is changing, and how we can make a positive impact.


Dr Nikki Thurgate

The Environmental Water Knowledge and Research Project: research and applications.

Abstract: The Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research Project (EWKR) is a six-year project established by the Australian Government to give water agencies the information they need to confidently and continually adjust the volume and timing of water flowing in streams, rivers and floodplains in tune with changing environmental conditions, to protect and restore healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems. This talk outlines the EWKR Project’s research in important ecosystems and their applications throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.

Professor Andrew Bennett

 Future landscapes for People and Nature

The way in which we manage land and water will shape future landscapes in Australia, and globally. It will determine the sustainability of ecosystems and the quality of life for generations to come. Using a case study of the effects of rural landscape change on woodland birds, I will show how research can identify solutions relevant to land managers, conservation agencies and community groups.

Dr Ruth Gamble

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFS), Cloud Lake Outburst Floods (CLOFS), and Ice Stupas: how water relations in the Ladakh Himalaya have changed.

The Indian region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the highest habitable areas of the world and is located in the headwaters of the Indus River, in the border regions between India, China and Pakistan. This presentation will introduce the ways that both climate change and development in this politically and environmentally sensitive region have changed the Ladakhi’s relationship to water.

Associate Professor Ashley Franks (moderator)


The talk will be video-conferenced from these campuses:

  • Bendigo: HHS2-2.51
  • Albury Wodonga: AW-4-4101
  • Mildura: BGR-135
  • Shepparton - please note that owing to shortage of teaching space, the lunchtime talks are unable to be video-conferenced

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