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 world is changing. Some of this change is planned and desirable. But much else is an unwanted consequence of the expansion of the human species. Those unwanted impacts will affect our lives and those of our descendants.
After undergraduate majors in Geography, Environmental Science and Botany, I did my PhD on native grasslands. I was struck by how these Critically Endangered ecosystems existing right on the edge of my city were being lost without most people even knowing about them – or understanding what amazing, super diverse ecosystems they are.
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