Cutting-edge research that will inform policy and management decisions to protect Australia’s threatened species will be on show in Canberra on Monday
Leading experts from the NESP TSR Hub will detail their latest research results in a session open to anyone interested in threatened species policy and management.
Topics will range from predators and parasites to the role of genetics in translocation efforts to the red hot red list and monitoring management. Attendees will be briefed on further research opportunities and the future mission of the NESP TSR Hub.
At the conclusion of the day, attendees will hear from Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews, with opportunity for questions through open floor discussion.
Afternoon tea will be provided.
Please register your attendance.
Image: Growling grass frog by David Bryant (Department of Primary Industries)
The Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environmental Science Program expresses our sympathy to everyone whose life has been impacted by these horrific fires, and acknowledges the heartbreak of families who have lost everything, including loved ones.
Many landscapes in Australia are fire-prone, and increasingly so. Altered fire regimes can have a serious negative impact on threatened plant species and ecological communities. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project is working to better understand the effects of different fire regimes on threatened flora in order to improve fire management strategies and conservation outcomes.
Almost a quarter of Australia’s possums and gliders are listed as threatened under Australian environmental law, and many more are showing signs of decline. Dr Rochelle Steven from The University of Queensland believes people in the community can do a lot to support conservation, especially in urban areas.
The detection and monitoring of threatened species have been a strong area of research in the National Environmental Science Program and also the two national environmental research programs which preceded it. Hub Director Professor Brendan Wintle takes a look at what we’ve been achieving and why it is so important to the conservation of Australia’s threatened species.
In 2009, the Christmas Island blue-tailed skink and Lister’s gecko were headed for imminent extinction. Parks Australia acted quickly to collect remaining wild individuals in order to establish captive breeding programs on Christmas Island and at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, which have been highly successful. A Threatened Species Recovery Hub project team is working closely with Parks Australia to help secure a future for the two lizards beyond captivity.