The Long Road to Saving Australia's Native Animals
Free Public Lecture
David Penington Building/Bio21
T: 8344 9366
Too often we hear disheartening tales of recent and rapid population declines or extinctions of Australian native animals. Less often do we hear the stories of conservation successes. These successes don't happen overnight – they are usually a result of long-term research informing dedicated on-the-ground efforts.
Join us to hear three fascinating stories showcasing how long-term approaches to understanding native Australian animals translate to conservation success.
We are delighted that Mr Nigel Sharp, founder of the Mount Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre, Victoria’s largest feral-predator free sanctuary, will be our guest speaker. We will also hear from three School of BioSciences researchers about their long-term research and conservation programs.
This is the second public forum for the recently established philanthropic Native Australian Animals Trust. The trust's intent is to provide a means for people who are passionate about Australia’s wildlife and ecosystems to connect with and support research, teaching, and engagement activities.
A networking reception will follow the seminar.
Dr Lisa Godinho, Teaching Specialist - Bachelor of Science Extended and First Year Biology
Dr Pia Lentini, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Pia Lentini
University of Melbourne
Dr Lentini is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group. Her research focuses on conservation issues in highly modified humandominated landscapes, in the fields of agro or urban ecology.
Dr Andrew Weeks, Research Fellow
Dr Andrew Weeks
University of Melbourne
Andrew is an ecological geneticist who specializes in applying genetic principles to the conservation of Australian wildlife. His current research interests are centered on translocations as a way of genetically rescuing populations from inbreeding, losses of genetic variation and the build up of slightly deleterious alleles. His interests are also in developing translocation strategies that aim to enhance a population’s ability to adapt under climate change. Andrew actively participates in several threatened species recovery teams in Australia, where he has developed research programs that look at “assisted gene flow” between genetically differentiated populations as a way of reinvigorating the genetics of populations that have undergone large declines in numbers. In this vain, Andrew led the mountain pygmy possum research team that undertook the first genetic rescue of a wild population in Australia. Andrew is developing similar programs for a number of different Australian threatened species including the Victorian eastern barred bandicoot and the Victorian brushtailed rockwallaby.
Mr Nigel Sharp, Founder