Lessons from Australia’s Animals
Free Public Lecture
Basement Lecture Theatre
Melbourne School of Design
Masson Road, Parkville
T: +61 3 9035 3454
The School of BioSciences invites you join us to celebrate the lessons we can learn from Australia’s animals.
We will present four fascinating stories showcasing how Australian animals have created enormous benefits: both for conservation, but also, surprisingly, for humans.
Professor Ary Hoffmann - Bacteria from local flies limit mosquito disease transmission
Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox - Unexpected insights from unassuming lizards
Associate Professor Andrew Pask - Invisible threats to our native fauna
Dr Ben Phillips - How to stop a billion invading toads
The event also serves as a launch for the newly established philanthropic Trust for Native Australian Animals. Our intent with the trust is to provide a way for people who are passionate about Australia’s wildlife and ecosystems to connect with and support our work.
We are delighted that award-winning Australian author, Tim Winton, will serve as a Patron of the Trust and will be a guest speaker at this event.
The event commences at 6:30 pm and will conclude at 7:30 pm. A networking reception will follow the seminar.
Free of charge, but registration is required for catering purposes.
If you would like to support our initiatives to benefit native Australian animals and their environments, please donate here.
Dr Ben Phillips, Senior Lecturer
Dr Ben Phillips
University of Melbourne
Ben Phillips spent most of the last 12 years working across northern Australia on a range of evolutionary and ecological questions. He has worked on toads, snakes, mammals, beetles, and even simulated organisms. He is particularly interested in how spatial processes change evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Ben is an ARC Future Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the School of BioSciences.
Associate Professor Andrew Pask, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Andrew Pask
University of Melbourne
Andrew is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of BioSciences at The University of Melbourne. Andrew completed his PhD in animal genetics in 1999 before moving to the University of Melbourne to work on marsupial genetics. He has sequenced the genomes of several marsupials and examined the effects of the environment on early marsupial development. His work has shown that marsupials are especially sensitive to chemical exposures during life in the pouch.
Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox
University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Devi StuartFox is an international expert on animal behaviour. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies, studying the evolution of naturally and sexually selected colour signals in lizards at the University of Queensland. Having developed a fascination for the evolution of animal visual signals, she then carried out a postdoctoral research project at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa on colour change in dwarf chameleons. She spent four years in South Africa, then moved to Melbourne to take up an ARC postdoctoral fellowship and faculty position at the University of Melbourne. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and ARC Australian Research Fellow (20102014). Her innovative work has been published in highprofile international journals, and was recently recognised by the award of a L'OrealUNESCO International Special Fellowship, an honour awarded annually to a woman researcher who, in the 10 years since receiving an earlycareer fellowship, has demonstrated excellence and determination in her pursuit of a career in research.
Professor Ary Hoffman, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Group Leader at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology
Professor Ary Hoffman
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Group Leader at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology
Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute
Ary Hoffmann is a professor and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow working in the areas of pest control and environmental stress adaptation. His group undertakes research on a range of invertebrates. They have developed integrated pest control options for the grains and grape/wine industries, investigated how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contributed to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examined new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change. Professor Hoffmann is a member of the Australian Academy of Science, past President of the Australian Entomological Society, past President of the Australasian Genetics Society, and visiting Professor at both the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Liverpool. His team combines staff and students from The School of BioSciences and is based at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Mr Tim Winton, Author
Mr Tim Winton
Multiaward winning Australian author of titles such as *The Riders, Dirt Music, Shallows* and *Cloudstreet*. Winton is actively involved in the Australian environmental movement. He is a patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and is passionately involved in many of their campaigns, notably their work in raising awareness about sustainable seafood consumption. He is a patron of the Stop the Toad Foundation and contributed to the whaling debate with an article on the Last Whale website. He is also a prominent advocate of the Save Moreton Bay organisation, the Environment Defender’s Office, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Marine Conservation Society, with which he is campaigning against shark finning. In 2003, Winton was awarded the inaugural Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Medal in recognition for his work in the campaign to save the Ningaloo Reef. In 2016, Winton had a species of fish from the Kimberley region named after him. The fish one of 20 new species discovered by researchers from the University of Melbourne School of BioSciences.