PUBLIC SEMINAR: Adapting to extreme weather in our changing world: floodplains and forests

Curious. Cutting-edge. Community.

The ‘Ecology and Evolution Series’ is a summer series like no other. Our adored Adelaide Hills, charismatic Kangaroo Island, and so many other communities throughout Australia are literally feeling the heat of climate change. People need answers, they want to understand, and they want change. But what needs to change, and how can we discover the new knowledge and behaviours our world needs now?

For Series I, we’re exploring global problems and local solutions in Adapting to extreme weather in our changing world. We’d love you to join us as we kick-off to explore the impact of this summer’s hotter drier weather on our forests, their capacity to store carbon, and emerging technologies helping to protect old-growth forests. For the local people trying to protect them, for everyone affected by climate change, and for our planet.

Date: Friday 7 Feb 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Benham Lecture Theatre, Benham building, North Terrace campus
Cost: FREE, RSVP not required but please add to your diary
Contact: Dr Jasmin Packer 8313 5576 email:


Professor Laura Parry
Head of School of Biological Sciences

Professor Laura Parry joined our community as Head of School of Biological Sciences in 2019. Laura has three decades of experience in higher education, as a researcher, research leader and award-winning educator, and is internationally renowned for her research into reproductive biology. Under Laura’s leadership, the school is strengthening its partnerships with industry and government. Laura will launch the series via video message.

Melita Low
PhD student, School of Biological Sciences

Melita Low is a PhD candidate with supervisors Professor Andy Lowe and Dr Eleanor Dormontt. Melita is a remote student based at Sunshine Coast University. Her research focuses on the trafficking of global timber supplies and developing a timber tracking system for South East Asian timber. This is Melita’s introductory PhD seminar.

Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte is Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve. Kate’s main interest is improving Australian native plants for horticulture by research into propagation, cultivation, and breeding and selecting new varieties and species. She also has interests in supporting indigenous knowledge of food/medicines from plants; renewing the Urban Forest, sustainable agriculture and the environment. Her presentation will include Carbon accounting at Waite Arboretum.

Connecting research and community

Join us for the launch of the Ecology & Evolution Series. We want to create Research for a Better World  with our community of students, researchers, and research partners. Our interactive presentations will be made by the brightest and best students and experts, followed by panel discussions on some of our world’s most pressing problems.

Our Ecology & Evolution Series aims to share world-leading research that educates, engages, and energises our environmental science community. To achieve this we:

  • Educate – A 21st century education for a growing community of learners – we grow our research community by reflecting on our discoveries and learnings with students, research partners, and each other
  • Engage – A magnet for talent – we attract talent through world-leading research that creates a better world, and by engaging authentically with our speakers and research partners.
  • Energise – Research that shapes the future – we energise our environmental science community through inspiring seminars and exciting research collaborations that create a better world.
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