Together they discuss:
- Recently funded projects including looking at the effects of heat stress on pollen production in wheat crops, prescribed burning and bushfire risk, and a peri-urban planning conference
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth report and the importance of the Research Focus Area understanding the processes that affect ecosystems, species and human communities
- How science can learn from humanities
- Historical ecology: trying to understand the past to help what we're facing in the future
At the end of the interview we learn Mike's pick of the animal kingdom - which comes from his experience as an ornithologist.