HEI is pleased to presents a discussion of the NSW Framework for Biodiversity Assessment by John Seidel of the Office of Environment and Heritage, to be followed by a real world example of the impact of climate change on amphibian species.
The second seminar: "Sentinels of climate change impact: studies of ecophysiology and reproductive phenology in amphibians from mountain rainforest habitats." will be presented by Michael Mahony and Bede Moses from the University of Newcastle.
Bede Moses completed his Bachelor of Science (major in Biology) degree at Newcastle University in 2013. He completed a double major with a strong interest in ecology and geology courses. This combination proved to be valuable in his honours year project where he considered the implication of climate warming predictions on some selected animals. With a strong background in the geological perspective of past climate change and its broader environmental impacts he combined a modelling approach to climate change with a series of direct physiological measurement for a postulated sensitive species.
Michael Mahony is a teacher and conservation biologist with a long term interest in the evolutionary ecology of amphibians. In recent years his work, and those of most of his students, have focused on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis that has caused the extinction of seven Australian frog species and the decline of about 30 more, and internationally has led to the extinction of over 120 species . He was the first to identify that the cause of amphibian declines was a disease. In recent years the challenge has been to develop means to secure populations of susceptible species from this disease, and that has meant spending a considerable time with the green and golden bell frog. He has held appointments to the NSW NPWS Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, and was the head of the disciplines of Biological Sciences and Environmental Science and Management at Newcastle University for eight years. In 2013 research on de-extinction conducted by a small team in his laboratory was listed by Time magazine among the top 25 inventions of the year, and was the only Australian invention to make the list.
When: 11 March 2015
Time: 4.30 - 6.30pm
Where: Customs House, Newcastle
Cost: $20.00 for members, $25.00 for non-members, $10 students & pensioners.
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