Full Scientific Program


Please note that this program is subject to change without notice at anytime. Times are AEDT (Sydney / Melbourne / Canberra time zone)

Monday 30 November 2020

9:00 – 10:00
Conference Opening & Acknowledgement of Country
President’s Address
Indigenous Keynote presentation: Vanessa Cavanagh

Aboriginal women and cultural burning, as a way of caring for Country

10:00 – 12:00
SYMPOSIUM: Temperature Extremes: impacts, resilience and mitigation (Thermal Tolerance)
SYMPOSIUM: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge 10th Anniversary Symposium
SYMPOSIUM: Soil microbial responses to climate extremes: mechanisms, patterns, interactions
OPEN FORUM: Urban Ecology (1)

Associate Professor Andy Leigh, University of Technology Sydney

What does thermal tolerance tell us about life and death?


Gerry Turpin

Introduction and Welcome to Country

Hans Ammitzboll, PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania

Soil microbial succession after fire in logged Tasmanian wet eucalypt forests

Katherine Berthon, PhD Candidate, ICONScience, RMIT University

Plant-Insect Dating in the City: how design context influences the way pollinators interact with plants

Dr Samuel Andrew, Postdoc, CSIRO

Modelling the climate limits of plant functional trait strategies

Bernadette Duncan, Kamilaroi

Bridging the gaps between traditional/western science to support Aboriginal women’s health, wellbeing, and empowerment


Joshua Vido, PhD Student, La Trobe University

The effect of fire intensity and soil moisture on bacterial secondary succession in soil mesocosms


Natalie Hejl, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Investigating the resilience of upland swamp communities to extreme events with environmental DNA

Manuel Lequerica, Doctoral Candidate, The University of Sydney

Diversity and abundance of urban hoverflies is associated with local–rather than landscape–scale attributes

Dr Verónica Briceño Rodríguez, Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU

Pushing against thermal limits: Do alpine, desert and temperate species differ in thermal tolerance breadth?

Patrick Cooke, Student, Macquarie University

To disperse or not to disperse? Multidisciplinary evidence of Aboriginal dispersal of Bunya Pines connections


Dr Adam Frew, Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland

The effects of elevated CO₂ on plants and the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

Dr Anna Hopkins, Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University

Soil fungal responses to the stacked disturbances of drought and wildfire in a Mediterranean-type forest

Mahmuda Sharmin, PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University

How do leaf and canopy traits relate to sub-canopy air temperature of urban tree species?

Anthea Challis, PhD Student, Western Sydney University

A cool growth environment enhances photosynthetic heatwave resistance and resilience in cool-wet climate region trees

Bridget Campbell, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Wanaka Wan’kurra? Biocultural investigation of critical weight range mammal resilience in north east Arnhem Land


Frederick Dadzie, Student, UNSW, Sydney

Native microorganisms improve seedling emergence of Acacia inaequilatera but not Triodia epactia during dryland restoration

Ehlana Davidson, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland

Life is a highway: Predicting road deaths in urban ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

Dr Pieter Arnold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Australian National University

Shapes of thermal plasticity vary among trait types in an alpine plant


Teagan Goolmeer, University of Melbourne

Improving the protection and recovery of culturally significant species

Dr Miriam Munoz-Rojas, ARC DECRA Research Fellow UNSW Sydney

Global change impacts on soil microbial diversity and function: implications for soil and ecosystem restoration
Housing or habitat: What drives patterns of urban bird diversity?
Acclimation to warming increases the thermal limits of leaf photosynthesis among Australian wheat lines
Sharper eyes see shyer lizards: Collaboration with indigenous peoples alters the outcome of conservation research

Dr Eleonora Egidi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Western Sydney University

Resistance and resilience of managed and unmanaged soil bacterial communities to pulse disturbances

Caring for wild commuters: applying ecological connectivity in urban planning

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Post-Heatwave Seed Germination: Don’t Panic!


Arun Singh Ramesh, PhD Student, James Cook University

Leaf thermoregulation among congeners across elevation gradients from wet tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland


Dr Manuel Esperon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

Vulnerability of urban trees to heatwaves


Justin Chan, UNSW

Complex environments alter competitive dynamics in fungi

Dr Christina Birnbaum, Research Fellow, Deakin University

Above- and belowground impacts of an invasive species vary across landscapes


Dr Elodie Camprasse, Deakin University

Using wildlife incident reports to inform biodiversity sensitive urban design in Victoria


Emma Henderson, Griffith University

The plant communities of urban riparian areas


Claire Kenefick, Msc (ecosystem Science) Student, University of Melbourne

Give them a shrubbery! Using Australian shrubs in naturalistic plantings to green our cities


12:00 – 14:00
Take a break (Monday)
12:15 – 13:45
Post Graduate Session
12:30 – 13:30
Networking – Diversity at ESA
12:30 – 13:30
Lunchtime Discussion 1: Teaching ecology in unusual times
14:00 – 15:30
SYMPOSIUM: Temperature Extremes: impacts, resilience and mitigation (Thermal Extremes)
SYMPOSIUM: Managing a cultural landscape and building resilience in a new world reality
OPEN FORUM: Speed Talks (1)
OPEN FORUM: Global Ecology
Elizabeth Morison, University of Wollongong

Understorey shrub has improved resilience but suffers under compounded extreme heat and drought in summer


Dr Emma Woodward, Research Scientist, CSIRO

Why is Indigenous knowledge important to Indigenous people? Learnings from Our Knowledge Our Way Guidelines



Lachlan Wilmott, Threatened Species Officer, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Koala home range size and chlamydia disease expression correlated with soil fertility


Professor Nigel Andrew, Professor of Entomology, University of New England

Publication trends in Austral Ecology


Alexandra Catling, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland

Disentangling the effects of water availability and biotic interactions on annual plant performance

Professor Sally A. Power, Professor, Western Sydney University

Understanding grassland species’ responses to climate extremes: the PACE project


Dr Ganesha Liyanage, Rainforest Conservation Scientist, Australin Plantbank

Effect of increased temperature and drought conditions on early seedling stages of Geijera parviflora


Simon Tedder, Dept. Planning Industry & Environment

Poetry in First Languages is saving the glossy black-cockatoo


Michelle McKemey, Principal, Melaleuca Enterprises Environmental Consultancy Services and Aunty Lesley Patterson, Banbai Elder and Ranger

Developing cross-cultural knowledge (‘right way’ science) to support Indigenous cultural fire management


Suman Acharya, PhD Student, La Trobe University

Dissolved organic matter dynamics and ecosystem metabolism in a regulated and unregulated river of Australia


Dr Alfonsina Arriaga Jiménez, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New England

Native dung beetle species richness and composition along an elevation gradient, ecosystem functioning and services


Bryony Palmer, PhD Student, University of Western Australia

Investigations into the role of Australian marsupials as seed dispersers

Dr Daniel Falster, ARC Future Fellow, University of New South Wales

Global bimodality of forest heights: natural or man-made phenomenon?


Lena Alice Schmidt, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Warming alters floral resource provisioning in a critically endangered woodland community

Robyn Boldy, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

Assessing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in a Culturally Diverse Mining Landscape


Yolanda Hanusch, HDR Student, The University of Sydney

Crops, weeds, and exotic insectary plants: beyond introduced bee benefits?


Dr Matt Hill, CSIRO

Serial replacement of tench (Tinca tinca) by common carp (Cyprinus carpio) investigated through hierarchical modelling

Dr Ning Dong, Macquarie University

Global controls of leaf nitrogen

Vaibhav Dagg, Master of Research Candidate, Western Sydney University

Differential gene expression under drought between two widespread Eucalyptus species suggests unique adaptive abilities


Aunty Marilyne Nicholls

How should we (Dja Dja Wurrung) engage western science to support Women’s knowledge


Cassandra Kalafatakis, Honours Student, LaTrobe University

Associational Refuge Promotes Short-Term Seedling Survival in Coast Banksia


Lorena Pinheiro Silva, PhD Student, Federal University of Santa Catarina

Grazing efficiency asymmetry drives zooplankton top-down control in a subtropical lake dominated by non-toxic cyanobacteria

Dr Jodi Price, Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Charles Sturt University

Herbivore exclusion effects on plant diversity depend on rainfall and evolutionary history


Manjunatha Chandregowda, Phd Student, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Warming and drought reduce belowground productivity and alter root traits in a model pasture grass

Nathan Wong

Engaging with Government to deliver self-determination


Miranda Rew-Duffy, The University of Queensland

Comparing the abundance and diversity of small vertebrates between a conservation reserve and surrounding farmland


Louise Gill, Honours Student, Griffith University

Values of ecosystem service provision for non-commercial fishing in the Mitchell Catchment

Dr Tanzeel Javaid Aini Farooqi, Ex-phd Student, Beijing Forestry University, China

Hydrological legacy of forest harvesting intensity on streams: a global synthesis

Dr Renée Marchin Prokopavicius, ARC DECRA Fellow, Western Sydney University

Urban tree responses to heat and drought: which species can survive future climate conditions?


Daniel May, Australian National University

Fire and Politics: What a Typology of Indigenous Burning Discourses Reveals


Malaika Chawla, Student, James Cook University

Investigating the determinants of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) range limits in North Queensland


Jessica Keem, Masters Student, The University of Melbourne

Fowl play in the Mallee: evaluating fox density at malleefowl adaptive management sites



Andrew Marshall, Associate Professor / ARC Future Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast

Forest resilience to global liana proliferation: Emerging findings from the pantropical FoRCE experiment


Bradley Posch, PhD Candidate, The Australian National University

Night warming is more influential than daytime warming and heatwaves in driving wheat respiratory acclimation


Jonathon Mifsud, Masters, Macquarie University

Explorations of the plant virosphere


Rosalie Harris, PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Vulnerability of marine plants to extreme temperature events: a mechanistic approach


Dr Samiya Tabassum, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University

Angriest summer on record: assessing plant responses and economic costs of an extreme climatic event



15:30 – 16:00
Afternoon refresh break (Monday)
16:00 – 17:45
SYMPOSIUM: Temperature Extremes: impacts, resilience and mitigation (Animals / Management and mitigation)
OPEN FORUM: Wildlife Ecology
Open Forum: Methods and Monitoring (1)
Caitlin Smith, Marine Species Conservation Officer, WWF-Australia

Trialling seawater as an effective sand cooling method to combat feminisation in green turtles

Maquel Brandimarti, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney

Does testosterone alter spatial area use and make male kangaroos more vulnerable to parasites?

Professor Jim Hone, Emeritus Professor, University of Canberra

rm: estimation of an extreme parameter and future applications

Craig Nitschke

Climate change drives habitat contraction of a nocturnal arboreal marsupial at its physiological limits

Dr Galen Holt, Deakin University

Characteristics and consequences of an emerging disease in caddisflies

Dr Robyn Shaw, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Murdoch University

Genomics, remote sensing and conservation prioritisation: tools for supporting resilient mammal communities in multi-use landscapes

Michael Callan, Founding Director, Habitech Pty Ltd

Thinking outside the box: a novel nest box design with improved thermal properties


Courtney Melton, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

The jury is out on lethal control of noisy miners to benefit vulnerable woodland birds

Dr Ali Chauvenet, Lecturer, Griffith University

Economic value of parks via mental health benefits

Patrice Pottier, PhD Student, The University of New South Wales

Sex differences in thermal acclimation across ectothermic animals: a meta-analysis

Emma Dale, Dphil Student, Zoology Department Oxford University

Understanding cyclic dynamics in a community of wild rodents

Dr Steph Courtney Jones, Research Assistant, Australian National University

IDEAcology: Using expert judgement to inform ecological and conservation decision making


Claire Mason, PhD Student, University of Tasmania

Local weather, microclimate and nest-scale drivers of shy albatross chick mortality and breeding success


Alex Jiang, PhD Student, University of Queensland

The development of an improved scat survey method for koalas Phascolarctos cinereus


Dr Zach Brown, Senior Technical Officer, Australian National University

The Australian Mountain Research Facility


Claire Sives, PhD Candidate, UNSW

Regarding the impacts of climate change on dryland ecology

Dr Ryan Tangney, University of New South Wales

How seed traits define seed fates in fire-prone ecosystems


Professor Jenny Davis, Co-director, Research Institute For Environment & Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University

Ecological outreach via social media: responses to remote waterhole camera images indicate that dingoes rule!

Dr Daniel Montesinos, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Tropical Herbarium – James Cook University

What common-garden experiments tell us about climate responses in invasive plants






Eric Vanderduys, Research Officer, CSIRO

Grey-headed flying-fox monitoring


Dr Maria Cardoso, Manager Biodiversity Conservation And Research, VicForests

Monitoring species presence and persistence to inform best-practise biodiversity management of timber harvesting operations

Simone Stevenson, PhD Candidate, Deakin University

Testing for consensus amongst global biodiversity indicators

18:00 – 18:45
19:00 – 20:00
ESA Queer Mixer


Tuesday 1 December 2020

8:00-8:45 International Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00
Keynote presentation: ESA Next Generation Ecologist Award presentation: Laura Brannelly

Understanding how some frogs coexist with disease: exploring changes in reproduction as a mechanism of population persistence

10:00 – 12:00
SYMPOSIUM: Perspectives on a changing landscape of fire (1)
SYMPOSIUM: Behavioural response to ecological challenges (1)
OPEN FORUM: Restoration Ecology
Open forum: Species Distribution
Professor Alan Andersen, Charles Darwin University

Faunal responses to fire in Australian tropical savannas: lessons from field experiments

Lily Bentley, University of Cambridge

Habitat preferences in sympatry and allopatry of two closely-related albatross species

Jennifer O’Meara, Parklands Ecologist, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Restoring the restoration: bringing back woodland birds

Eleanor Hay, Monash University

Geographic range size and speciation in honeyeaters


Nathan Anderson, Student, Kings Park Science, and Murdoch University

Ecophysiological mechanisms underpinning resilience to climate change in the Northern Jarrah Forest (Western Australia)


Matthew Chard, PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Wallabies and wildifre: how fauna and fire interact to shape coastal vegetation communities


Professor Don Driscoll, Deakin University

How does fire interact with habitat fragmentation?


Abhilasha Aiyer, Honours Candidate, The University of Sydney

Once bitten twice shy: Using Taste Aversion to protect wild Freshwater Crocodiles from Cane toads


Sydney Collett, PhD Student, Charles Darwin University

Sympatric finches use different foraging strategies to overcome resource limitations

Peta Zivec, Griffith University

Patterns and drivers of natural regeneration on abandoned cropping fields in the Northern-Murray Darling Basin

Max Mallen-Cooper, PhD Student, University of New South Wales

Peeking into the future of lichens and mosses with global species distribution models

Associate Professor Tina Bell, University of Sydney

Prescribed burning for multiple objectives – the case for carbon and water



Cassie Speakman, PhD Candidate, Deakin University

Temporal and spatial influences on foraging behaviour and hunting success in female AUFS

Dr Amanda Freeman, Nature North

Comparing Biodiverse Tree-planting and Pasture Conversion Costs in the Wet Tropics Uplands



Amy Tims, Macquarie University

Predicting distribution shifts in Australian freshwater fishes due to climate change


Hannah Etchells, The University of Western Australia

Mega-fires, indicator species and indicator guilds: understanding post-fire ecosystem regeneration across kingdoms


Dr Diana Kuchinke, Sessional Lecturer, Federation University

Prescribed burn severity has minimal effect on common bird species in a fire-prone forest ecosystem


Sarah McColl-Gausden, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

Assessing immaturity risk to alpine ash forests under climate change and future fire regimes


Ettore Camerlenghi, Monash University

The multilevel society of a cooperatively breeding songbird


Brittany Elliott, PhD Candidate, University of The Sunshine Coast

Identifying spatial drivers of plant assemblage structure and complexity to prioritise restoration and rehabilitation actions


Laura Town-Hopkinson, Masters Student, The University of Melbourne

Understanding the key disturbances driving bandicoot distribution in south-west Victoria


Professor Mike Clarke, La Trobe University

Understanding the drivers is crucial to envisaging the future for semi-arid Murray Mallee woodlands

Samantha Wallace, The University of Newcastle

Between bedrock and a hard place: discovering the impact of longwall-mining on Littlejohn’s tree frog

Dr Sue Baker, Research Fellow, University of Tasmania

Environmental and biotic drivers of plant and animal succession following timber harvesting

Dr Richard Segal, PhD Candidate, Charles Sturt University

Small-scale species distribution model identifies restricted breeding habitat for an endemic island bird

Andrew Denham, Senior Resarch Scientist, Dept Planning, Industry & Environment NSW

Temporal dynamics of plant populations after fire: a tale of Acacias with contrasting life histories

Caitlyn Forster, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney

Testing the impact of Phantom Alternatives on floral choice by Bumblebees, Bombus impatiens

Andrew O’Reilly-Nugent, Climate Friendly

How does ecological thinning affect the development of regenerating mulga forests?

Jarrod Sopniewski, Honours Student, Australian National University

The future of frogs: predicting the impacts of a changing climate on Australian anurans


Dr Josh Whittaker, University of Wollongong

Please tell me your story: Community experiences of bushfire


Dr Mylene Mariette, Deakin University

Coping with heat and competition: songbird embryos cue on sounds in the nest



Nathali Machado de Lima, Research Associate, UNSW

Improving restoration of native plant communities in drylands with biocrust cyanobacteria


Julianna Santos, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

A synthesis of fire-driven declines of threatened mammals in Australia


Dr Tim Doherty, DECRA Fellow, University of Sydney

Human disturbance causes widespread disruption of animal movement



Catherine Bowler, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland

Restoration through a coexistence lens



Dr Michelle Gibson, Post-doctoral Researcher, The University of Queensland

Restoring for resilience: replanting and grazing exclusion benefit birds in Australia’s south-east temperate woodlands


Katharine Hogan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Inter-decadal plant richness and diversity is persistent and consistent across high-diversity grassland restorations in a patch-burned landscape

12:00 – 14:00 Take a break (Tuesday)
12:00 – 14:00
Lunchtime workshop 2. Early Career Ecology: How do you write a job application during a pandemic? So glad you (m)asked…
Lunchtime workshop 3. Sharing your data through TERN Data Infrastructure
SYMPOSIUM: Perspectives on a changing landscape of fire (2)
SYMPOSIUM: Behavioural response to ecological challenges (2)
OPEN FORUM: Marine and Freshwater
OPEN FORUM: Conservation Biology (1)

Craig Welden, Qld Fire & Biodiversity Consortium, Healthy Land & Water

Cross-tenure Collaborative Fire Management: Building Capacity and Healthy Landscapes


Fred Rainsford, La Trobe University

How does prescribed fire shape bird and plant communities in a temperate dry forest ecosystem?


Sarah Stock, PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle

Nightlife of a threatened frog: Molecular pedigree uncovers cryptic behaviours in Litoria Littlejohni


Dr Murtada Naser, University of Basrah

Environmental factors as drivers for species distribution of the freshwater crabs in the Tigris-Euphrates basin

Associate Professor Noel Preece, Director, Biome5 Pty Ltd

Legislative snooker – Red Lists and national laws provide only rhetorical protection to threatened species


Katharine Senior, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

A field experiment to test how mammals and reptiles respond to characteristics of planned burning


Harriet Simpson-Southward, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Effects of climate change on resilience of fire prone eucalypt communities


Dr Lizzy Lowe, Postdoctoral Researcher, Macquarie University

Spider brain size and behaviour in cities


Andrew Schwenke, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology

Evolution of acoustic communication in two species of frogs in the Litoria lesueuri species group

Yi-Yang (Alex) Chen, PhD Candidate, The Australian National University

Seasonality of epifaunal secondary production in a fringing reef, and its sensitivity to changing climate


Tahlia Townsend, Deakin University

The population ecology and behaviour of eastern barred bandicoots following conservation translocations



Dr Rachael Nolan, Lecturer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

The role of bark attributes and drought in fire resistance in resprouting tree species


Christopher Pocknee, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland

Saving an endangered bettong with fire


Simin Rahmani, PhD Student, University of Wollongong

Effects of 38 years of wildfires on tree density in the Blue Mountains, Australia


Natalie Freeman, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland

Hey neighbour! Kin-based social interactions in an asocial solitary marsupial, the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus)


Richard McLellan, PhD Student, Charles Sturt University

Parasitic shrubs provide important ecological processes for fauna in Australia’s rangeland ecosystems


Renae Kirby, University of Wollongong

Digging Deeper: Investigating Temperature Effects on the Behaviour of the Burrowing Mud Shrimp, Trypaea australiensis

Catheline Froehlich, PhD Fellow, University of Wollongong

Who will recover: extreme climatic events affect habitat use and persistence of coral-dwelling fishes

Associate Professor Heloise Gibb, Associate Professor, La Trobe University

Experimental evidence for ecological cascades following threatened mammal reintroduction



Eliza Thompson, Masters Student, The University of Melbourne

Flying in the face of fire: the influence of fire edges on mallee birds

Vanessa Gorecki, Queensland University of Technology

Landscape use in an urban environment by a trawling bat, the large-footed Myotis (Myotis macropus)

Matthew Kerr, Macquarie University

A Latitudinal Gradient in Australian Marine Bivalves Revealed by a Large Field Survey

Dr Jessica Walsh, Lecturer, Monash University

Evidence-based conservation for Australian woodland birds: a systematic review


Alexandria Thomsen, UNSW

Season of fire impacts flowering in Lambertia formosa


Saumya Wanniarachchi, PhD Student, University of Melbourne

Using e-DNA to better understand the effect of fire on the diets of small mammals


Lorenzo Galletta, PhD Candidate, Deakin University

Embryonic strategies for surviving heatwaves: evidence of heat shock proteins in zebra finches


Charles Hinchliffe, PhD Candidate, UNSW

A novel approach for estimating growth and mortality of fish larvae across fine scales


Gavin Trewella, PhD Candidate, Charles Darwin University

Habitat preference by northern quolls and feral cats in savanna woodlands



Lily Wheeler, Master Student, The University of Melbourne

How does extent, configuration and diversity of fires shape mammal populations in heathy woodland ecosystems?


Andy Wiechnik, University of Sydney

Near-term decision tree for fire management using trends in degradation condition scores for threatened ecosystems


Jane Williamson, PhD Candidate, Australian Catholic University

Location is a better predictor of time since fire than vegetation type

Dr Graham Fulton, Perspectives Editor Pacific Conservation Biology, University of Queensland

Nest ecology in the context of an intact community: a provocative synthesis of knowledge from Dryandra




Dr Mengran Yu, The University of Sydney

Detecting the effects of Prescribed burning using generalised additive modelling

15:30 – 16:00
Quick refresh break (Tuesday)
16:00 – 17:45
OPEN FORUM – Methods and Monitoring (2)
SYMPOSIUM Approaches for detailing threats, actions and management costs for threatened species recovery across broad scales
OPEN FORUM: Functional Ecology
Kevin Newman, Student, University of Melbourne

Optimal Surveillance Methods

Dr Josie Carwardine, Research Scientist, CSIRO

Knowledge synthesis to guide large-scale species recovery: why we need it and where we’re at?

Shubham Chhajed, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Hydraulic drivers of photosynthetic variation among co-occurring species using an optimality approach

Zoe Xirocostas, PhD Student, UNSW Sydney

The ZAX herbivory trainer – new software for training researchers to visually estimate leaf damage

Michelle Ward, University of Queensland

What threatens Australian biodiversity and how do we assist recovery after catastrophic fires?

Mark Westoby, Macquarie University

Trait-dimensions of ecological strategy in bacteria and archaea compared to vascular plants

Rebecca Rogers, Charles Darwin University

Testing the capacity of weather radar-based bird monitoring to improve waterbird management

Professor Helene Marsh, Emeritus Professor, James Cook University

A new framework for biodiversity threat abatement in Australia

Rose Brinkhoff, PhD Student, University of Tasmania

Nitrogen fertiliser increases LAI but creates carbon and water costs in Eucalyptus nitens

Dr Georgia Dwyer, Senior Research Assistant, Deakin University

Capturing geomorphologial patterns in ecological resources: fractal dimensions describe fluvial rock distributions

CJ Yong, Research Assistant, University of Queensland

How to save the world without knowing how much it costs?

Hannah Carle, PhD, Research School of Biology, ANU

Applying functional traits to predict vital rates of trees in a Bornean rainforest restoration landscape

Dr Martin Westgate, Science Advisor, Atlas of Living Australia / CSIRO

Improving the Atlas of Living Australia for ecological researchers

Dr April Reside, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

A knowledge synthesis to inform a national approach to fighting extinction

Baptiste Wijas, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales

The functional role of termites along macro-climatic gradients

Dr Rebecca Lester, Associate Professor, Freshwater Ecology, Deakin University

Explaining species diversity in a fractal world

Billy Geary, PhD Student, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Lessons from implementing a spatial conservation action planning tool in Victoria, Australia

Dr Andrea Westerband, Postdoc, Macquarie University

Soil and climate properties jointly influence leaf traits in native Australian species


Ana Gracanin, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Animal selfies: Can sugar glider density be estimated through camera trapping?

Dr Micha Jackson, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

The Australian Threatened Species Index: Inaugural Threatened Plant Index and Future Directions

Dr Yuki Tsujii, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University

Roles of leaf phosphorus fractions in phosphorus-use efficiency for 12 coexisting NSW woody species


Giancarlo Chiarenza, PhD Student, UNSW Sydney

Barking up the wrong tree – are ecologists studying the correct aspects of soil quality?


Dr Kate Watermeyer, Research Fellow, Deakin University

How do biodiversity indicators behave across different ecoregions?


Dony Indiarto, PhD Student, University of New South Wales

An eco-evolutionary model for trait-based community assembly along an environmental gradient

18:00 – 19:30
Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session (click here to view Poster Abstracts)


Wednesday 2 December 2020

9:00 – 10:00
Keynote presentation: Dr Belinda Medlyn

Climate change and the Australian vegetation: where are we headed?

10:00 – 12:00
SYMPOSIUM: Ecological Extremes in Antarctica, mechanisms of resilience and recovery
SYMPOSIUM: Windows into resilience and recovery: technological advances and the acquisition of data in ecological systems (1)
SYMPOSIUM: Citizen Science: a tool for ecology, conservation and science communication (1)
SYMPOSIUM: Tree dieback in Australian Ecosystems (1)
Dr Dana M. Bergstrom, Principal Research Scientist, Australian Antarctic Division

Global environmental pressures on terrestrial biodiversity in the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica

Wilma Karsdorp, University of Queensland

Developing robust data management for ecosystem images


Professor Kirsten Parris, Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne

The CAUL Urban Wildlife App: Engaging citizen scientists with nature in the city

Dr Katinka Ruthrof, Forest Ecologist, DBCA

Cross-scale investigation of declining forest cover in southwestern Australia

Dr Jasmine Lee, Monash University

Conserving Antarctic biodiversity with priority threat management



Allison Broad, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Remote Technologies reveal Wollongong’s sponge gardens: classification approaches for diversity and ecological assessments


Brittany Hayward-Brown, Honours Student, Charles Darwin University

Automated radio telemetry data informs wildlife management practices aimed at the recovery of threatened species

Dr Aaron Greenville, Lecturer, University of Sydney

Too little or too much data: citizen scientists may have the answer


Professor Giles Hardy, Professor Forest Pathology, Murdoch University

Understanding the causes of Eucalyptus rudis decline in southwestern Australia



Alison Haynes, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

From CBD to glacier edge: moss colonisation and climate change


Shae Jones, Research Assistant, University of Wollongong

Current state of Antarctic biodiversity monitoring


Professor Andy Davis, University of Wollongong

Aerial surveillance as an ecological tool; data collection with blimps in the wave-swept coastal zone


Dr Clare Hawkins, Bookend Trust, University of Tasmania

Mission: long-term, state-wide population monitoring of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi)

Dr Paul Rymer, Western Sydney University

Variation in xylem vessel plasticity associated with climate-origin provides adaptive capacity to drought



Isabella Todd, University of Wollongong

Challenges of monitoring Antarctic lichen communities using photo digitisation

Vinod Jacob, PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University

Leaf hydraulic vulnerability and gas exchange strategies of pasture species under drought


Dr Eren Turak, DIPE

How citizen science promotes and is enriched by connection to place


Dr Jen Peters, Postdoc, Oak Ridge National Lab, TN USA

What is the threat of drought-induced hydraulic failure in Australian forests?

Dr Diana King, Research Officer, Global Challenges Program, University of Wollongong

Monitoring East Antarctic vegetation in a time of change

Anna Giles, PhD Student, Southern Cross University

Combining drones and machine learning technology for rapid coral reef health assessment

Dr Birgita Hansen, Federation University

What characterises successful citizen science? A comparison of community-based freshwater and shorebird monitoring

Kate Johnson, PhD Student, University of Tasmania

How the pipes fail: xylem failure spreads by single-conduit embolisms in three dry-forest angiosperm stems

Dr Melinda Waterman, Associate Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Old-growth moss forests as proxies for microclimates in coastal Antarctica

Jacinta Holloway Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow, QUT

A machine learning method for detecting forest change events and interpolating missing satellite image data

Dr Alex Kusmanoff, RMIT University

Tips for designing environmental engagement programs

Victoria Pérez Martínez, Phd Student, Hawkesbury Institute for Environment

Can we explain eucalypt drought vulnerability from species climate-origin and life-history traits?

Lachlan Howell, PhD Candidate, The University of Newcastle

Is drone technology the cost-effective solution for koala monitoring?

Dr Sheryn Pitman, Program Manager Inspiring South Australia, Inspiring South Australia

The contribution of citizen science in building ecological literacy

Dr Samuel Hislop, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Quantifying the spatial extent of the 2018-19 drought on canopy health in NSW north-coast forests

Yogendra Karna, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences

Fuel structure responses to severe wildfire in mixed eucalypt forests: implication for flammability


Dr Erin Roger, Citizen Science Program Lead, CSIRO

Using citizen science to enable meaningful participation in bushfire recovery



Anne-Cecile Colin, PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Adaptive capacity to climate change: Genomic underpinnings of drought tolerance in threatened eucalyptus species

12:00 – 14:00
Take a break (Wednesday)
12:00 – 14:00
Lunchtime workshop 4. Sci-what?! How to communicate your science effectively
12:30 – 13:30
Lunchtime workhop 5. ecoEd – training for next generation researchers and practitioners in ecological and environmental problem solving
14:00 – 15:30
SYMPOSIUM: Wetland management and restoration in human-dominated landscapes
SYMPOSIUM: Windows into resilience and recovery: technological advances and the acquisition of data in ecological systems (2)
SYMPOSIUM: Citizen Science: a tool for ecology, conservation and science communication (2)
SYMPOSIUM: Tree dieback in Australian Ecosystems (2)

Jayne Hanford, PhD Student, The University of Sydney

Improving environmental and human health by integrating urban wetland and mosquito research


Dr Nina McLean, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Conservation Research ACT Government

Restoration success of Sphagnum Bogs after fire


Asitha Samarawickrama, University of Melbourne

Are handheld thermal cameras effective for detecting threatened mammals in a semi-arid environment?




Peter West, Research Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Citizen and community-group based surveillance of invasive species using FeralScan for improved pest management


Anne Eichholtzer, PhD Student, Deakin University

From natural to social sciences : the multiple values of Citizen Science


Dr Matthew Brookhouse, Senior Lecturer, Australian National University

Snow-gum dieback—current knowledge and opportunities to gain unique insights to a widespread phenomenon


Dr Tanya Mason, Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Application of the mitigation hierarchy: a case study of underground mining impacts on peatland ecosystems


Sarah O’Hea Miller, University of Wollongong

Keeping up with the crayfish: Radio-tracking the movement patterns of native and invasive freshwater crayfish


Penelope Pascoe, University of Tasmania

Island ecosystem function recovery through an isotopic lens


Maureen Thompson, PhD Candidate, UNSW

What signals time to breed? Citizen science reveals exogenous influences to frog calling across Australia

Dr Stefan Arndt, The University of Melbourne

Landscape level assessment of tree drought mortality in forests of the Strathbogie Ranges in Australia

Dr Swapan Paul, Manager Wetlands, SOPA

Mangrove rehabilitation requires multifactorial and multidimensional thinking


Caitlin Woods, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Predicting patterns of biodiversity in the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island Marine Park

Alex Santiago, Honors Student, University of Melbourne

The influence of landscape-scale pattern on the genetic diversity of an Australian skink


Larissa Braz Sousa, PhD Candidate, University of South Australia

e-entomology Citizen Science enhances mosquito surveillance in urban areas

Jingyi Ding, PhD Student, University of New South Wales

Grow wider or thicker: variable response of woody plants to increasing dryness

Dr Kay Morris, Senior Scientist, Arthur Rylah Institute For Environmental Research, Department Of Environment Land Water And Planning

Goldilocks and the three sheep and cows: Optimizing grazing for wetland biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

Benjamin Wagner, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

Gliding for gliders: Using commercial UAV and multispectral technology to identify greater glider foraging habitat



Lauren Hook-Walker, Threatened Species Officer, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

That Glossy looks familiar! – Photo identification of female Glossy black- cockatoos by citizen scientists

Dr Carola Pritzkow, UTAS

Size and spatial positioning of embolized conduits under natural drought

Associate Professor Cameron Webb, University of Sydney

Urban estuarine wetlands and the challenges of managing mosquitoes of pest and public health importance

Dr Debbie Saunders, Conservation Ecologist, CEO & Chief Remote Pilot, Wildlife Drones & ANU

Drones & Wildlife: evaluating applications of drone technologies for ecological data collection


Maree Treadwell, President / Ecologist, Bats and Trees Society of Cairns

Saving our Spectacled Flying-fox – citizen science project to engage communities in conserving Spectacled Flying-foxes

Vanessa Tonet, University of Tasmania

Tree mortality: could genetic variation select for drought resistance in Eucalyptus viminalis?


Daniel Swadling, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Fish and chips: tracking the movements of juvenile fish in a temperate marine park

Dr Rebecca Jones, University of Tasmania

Recovering the gene pool of Eucalyptus morrisbyi following rapid dieback

15:30 – 16:00
Quick refresh break (Wednesday)
16:00 – 18:00
OPEN FORUM – Climate change and plants
SYMPOSIUM: Improving the adaptive potential of restored communities
OPEN FORUM: Fire Impacts
SYMPOSIUM: Tree dieback in Australian Ecosystems (3)

Laura White, PhD Candidate, Southern Cross University

Climatic extremes add complexity to threatened species management: the impact of drought on Hairy Jointgrass



Dr Peter Harrison, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Restoration Genetics, University of Tasmania

Provenancing strategies to enhance the adaptive potential of forest restoration plantings



Dr Orpheus Butler, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Stoichiometry links biogeochemical and ecological responses of wet eucalypt forest to long-term fire regime



Associate Professor Brendan Choat, Western Sydney University

Tree dieback associated with the 2017-2020 drought in south-eastern Australia


Jessica Ward-Jones, Masters Student, Australian National University

Dieback of snow gums in Perisher Valley, NSW: symptoms and drivers

Chung-Huey Wu, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

Allocating permanent and temporary habitat conservation under uncertain climate change and land-loss

Kevin Bairos-Novak, James Cook University

Evolving to ecological extremes: A review and meta-analysis of heritability estimates in corals


Meghan Porteous, Master’s Student, University of Melbourne

Wildfires, Flammable oils, and Eucalyptus trees: The persistence and volatility of terpenes in excised leaves


Professor Timothy Brodribb, University of Tasmania

Seeing drought from the leaf perspective


Dr Mark Hall, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

How will climate change affect stingless bee population dynamics and crop pollination potential?

Allison Mertin, PhD Candidate, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Seed and Soil Microbiomes for Natural Ecosystem Restoration

Rachel Nalliah, University of Melbourne

A love triangle between fire, resource availability and the endangered Heath Mouse

PANEL DISCUSSION – Live Discussion
Rocco Notarnicola, PhD, Australian National University

Plastic responses of the alpine herb Wahlenbergia ceracea to climate warming?

John Whale, PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University

Adaptation of foundation red gum Eucalyptus species to climate

Dr Holly Sitters, The University of Melbourne

Mammal responses to spatial pattern in fire history depend on landscape context


Anu Singh, PhD candidate, The University of Melbourne

The role of climatic variability on eucalypt regeneration in southeast Australia

Dr Patricia Lu-Irving, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Mating system and diversity in seed collections for restoration/conservation

Anna Lemon, Charles Darwin University

Managing Fire to Recover Monsoon Vine Thickets on the Dampier Peninsula


Mercedes Ondik, PhD Candidate, UNSW

Land management influences the effects of fire on soil properties and ecosystem services

Travis Britton, PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Neighbour effects on the growth of two eucalypts are dependent on climate


Dr Jason Bragg, Research Centre for Ecosystem Resilience, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Adapted and adaptable? The genetics of conservation


Simeon Zylinski, University of Melbourne

Fire regimes and landscape structure – interactions shaping mammal communities in the Mount Lofty Ranges

Dr Jenna Wraith, Griffith University

The impact of climate change on threatened orchids in Queensland



Dr Enhua Lee, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Using genetic tools and climatic models for planning the conservation translocation of Eucalyptus sp. Cattai

Jessica Latimer, Student, The University of Queensland

Conservation genetics of the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) on Groote Eylandt


Joshua Whitehead, University of New England

Post-fire herb growth can support pollinators and partially alleviate the severity of drought impacts

Dr Melinda Laidlaw, Senior Ecologist, Queensland Herbarium

Climate change impacts on cloud forests in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area




Dr Samantha Yap, Research Centre for Ecosystem Resilience, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Assessing evolutionary potential loss in rare species and solutions to recover or maintain diversity


Erin Thomas, Masters Student, The University of Melbourne

Impact of fire and habitat composition on the daily roo-tine of macropods


Mohammad Golam Kibria, PhD Candidate, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Testing tree performance in the drier and hotter climate urban forests

Dr Trevor Wilson, ABRS Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Overestimation of species presents complications for conservation


Emily McColl-Gausden, PhD Student, The University of Melbourne

Using environmental DNA sampling to survey bushfire impacts on platypus

19:00 – 20:30
Online Trivia


Thursday 3 December 2020

9:00 – 10:00
Keynote presentation: AERA presentation: Diana Fisher

The evolution and ecology of semelparity

ESA Ecological Impact Award Presentation: Dr Yung En Chee and Dr Rhys Coleman

Ecological modelling and waterway management prioritisation in greater Melbourne

10:00 – 12:00
SYMPOSIUM: Our national State of the Environment – Key issues during a time of change (1)
SYMPOSIUM: Building resilience and recovering communities: collaborations between practitioners and researchers
SYMPOSIUM: Short-term impacts of the 2019-20 Fire Season
OPEN FORUM – Plant Ecology
Dr Becky Schmidt, CSIRO Land and Water

Integrating the 2021 Australian State of the Environment and environmental-economic accounts


Dr David Bain, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Partnerships secure the conservation of Pomaderris walshii

Dr Rachael Gallagher, Macquarie University

Assessing the impact of the 2019-2020 bushfire season on Australia’s 26,000 plant species


Professor Caroline Gross, University of New England

High specialisation and modularity in a mangrove pollination network invaded by two super-generalist Apis species

Erica Marshall, PhD Candidate

Beyond habitat compensation in biodiversity offsetting: do species-based metrics improve species persistence?


Dr Nicole Hansen, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

How the Saving our Species program ensures threatened species monitoring leads to conservation outcomes

Professor David Keith, Professor of Botany, University of NSW

Loss of resilience after longwall mining leads to post-fire collapse of peatland ecosystems

Simone Currie, Master’s Student, La Trobe University

Intraspecific Ploidy Variation in Sweet Quandong (Santalum acuminatum): Evidence for Polyploidy and Ploidy Reduction

Dr Rowan Trebilco, Team Leader, CSIRO Oceans And Atmosphere

2021 State of the Australian Marine Environment: a seascape of change

Jennie Cramp and Kate OShea, NSW Rural Fire Service

Supporting communities to meet their fire management goals: the evolution of the Hotspots Fire Project

Paul Donatiu, QLD Fire & Biodiversity Consortium, Healthy Land & Water

The 19/20 Queensland Bushfire Season and Post-fire Plant Responses in the Border Ranges (Qld)


Dr Victor Neldner, Science Leader, Queensland Herbarium

Monitoring changes in ground layer of Queensland tropical savannas over 23 years



Gabrielle Lebbink, University of Queensland

Land use change and the spread of invasive species: A case study from Queensland, Australia

Renée Hartley, PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Collaboration bolsters efforts to conserve an Endangered lizard in the face of increasing disturbances


Justin Mallee, Saving Our Species Project Officer, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Fire in Gondwanan Rainforests, impacts and recovery of range restricted threatened flora, north east NSW

Dr John Morgan, La Trobe University

Seed supply ecology in the high mountains



Dr Jasmin G. Packer, Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide

Can learning from invasion syndromes inform multi-disciplinary environmental indicators for threatened species?

Dr Sacha Jellinek, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Community-based Monitoring to Assess Revegetation Outcomes

Berin Mackenzie, Scientist (Ecosystems & Threatened Species), Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (NSW)

Persistence of Wollemi Pine under contemporary fire regimes: impacts and insights from the 2019-20 bushfires

Dr Elisa Bayraktarov, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Multispecies trends for Australia’s imperilled birds in protected areas




Belinda Pellow, Senior Botanist, AMBS Ecology & Heritage

Detecting management responses in box gum grassy woodland offsets


Nicholas Wilson, PhD Student, University of Wollongong

Interactive effects of logging and wildfire on forest carbon stability


Dr Amy-Marie Gilpin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Western Sydney University

High co-flowering species richness increases pollinator visitation to apple flowers

Dr David Nipperess, Senior Scientist, NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment

The Biodiversity Outlook Report: Status and trends in biodiversity and ecological integrity across NSW


Dr Stephanie Pulsford, Ecologist, ACT Government

Combating the threat of Sambar Deer through a science-practitioner partnership

Nicola Kent, PhD Student, USC

Estimating fire impact on koalas – an impact / control design

Susanna Bryceson, Post-grad, La Trobe University

How climate affects the distribution of ancient and modern native grasses in Australia

Dr Stephanie Stuart, Senior Project Officer, Saving our Species, Department of Planning, Industry And Environment

The costs of Saving our Species: from planning to implementation and back again

Dr Katarina Mikac, University of Wollongong

Impact and recovery of ground dwelling mammals from the epicentre of the 2020 Currowan bushfire

Dr Lyndsey VivianArthur Rylah Institute

How do grasses respond to experimental submergence in summer?


Dr Dan Metcalfe, Deputy Director, Land & Water, CSIRO

Expecting the unexpected – planning for extreme events

Dr David Mackay, University of New England

Recovery by bulldozer – collaboratively managing the survival of endangered species that require disturbance


Chantelle Doyle, Ecologist/student, UNSW/AMBS

Uncovering fundamentals; Mating system and population genetics of Hibbertia spanantha for conservation planning


Professor Jonathan Webb, Discipline Leader, Environmental Science, The University of Technology Sydney

Impacts of the 2020 wildfires on an endangered snake: insights from a 29 year study




Osazee Oyanoghafo, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Drought tolerance of Hakea species from range of biomes and life-histories is dependent on aridity


Dr Susanna Venn, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Snowmelt timing affects short-term decomposition rates in an alpine snowpatch


Meena Sivagowre Sritharan, The Australian National University (ANU)

Biotic associations between plants can influence the occurrence of rare species across different vegetation communities

12:00 – 14:00
Take a break (Thursday)
12:30 – 13:30
Lunchtime workshop 6. Tips and Tricks for Starting an online Seminar Series
Lunchtime workshop 7: Using Virtual Laboratories to solve environmental problems – the EcoCommons Australia Program showcases it analytical tools
14:00 – 15:30
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Bringing an Indigenous voice to State of Environment reporting
OPEN FORUM: Conservation Biology (2)
OPEN FORUM: Behaviour (1)
Daniel Nugent, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University

Stock grazing as a tool for habitat management for the Plains-wanderer in lowland temperate grasslands

Bethany Nichols, PhD Researcher, Royal Holloway, University of London

Between a rock and a hard place: adaptive sensing and site‐specific dispersal


Dr Teresa Eyre, Queensland Herbarium

Conservation status of a dynamic keystone resource: The decline of nectar-producing habitat for flying foxes


James Dawson, Senior Team Leader, Ecosystems and Threatened Species, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Should I stay or should I go? Natal dispersal in the spotted-tailed quoll


Dr Jessica Rowland, Monash University

Effectiveness of conservation management actions for cool-climate peatlands

Joshua Gaschk, University of The Sunshine Coast

Quantifying Koala Locomotion Strategies: Implication for the Evolution of Aborealism in Marspupials

Jedda Lemmon, Senior Threatened Species Officer, NSW Dept. Planning Infrastructure and Environment

Illawarra Socketwood – The tree that moves through the rainforest

Dr Rebecca Wheatley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Tasmania

Slip and slide: animals consider an accident landscape when deciding where and how to move


Tristan Guillemin, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Using stable isotopes to understand marlin trophic ecology at the edge of their geographic range


Luz Pascal, Undergraduate Student, CSIRO

A Shiny-R-app to solve the problem’ when to stop managing or surveying cryptic threatened species’


Roshan Sharma, PhD Candidate, RMIT University

Improving adequacy of ecosystems and populations on private land

Siobhan Heatwole, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Large spatial scale comparisons of social behaviour across ecological contexts for predicting resilience



Matthew Rees, PhD Student, University of Melbourne

Drivers of feral cat density and spatio-temporal behaviour in temperate forests

Thomas Clarke, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Spider body plans: the interplay of phylogeny and hunting methods

15:30 – 16:00
Quick refresh break (Thursday)
16:00 – 17:00
OPEN FORUM: Urban Ecology (2)
OPEN FORUM: Behaviour (2)
OPEN FORUM: Conservation Biology (3)
OPEN FORUM: Pollution Impacts on Wildlife

Ariningsun Cinantya, PhD Student, Macquarie University

Recovery of horticultural plants from prolonged drought stress: implications for research and practice



Dr Dejan Stojanovic, Postdoc, Australian National University

Spatially biased recovery actions aren’t enough to protect migratory species



Angela Hansen, PhD Candidate, University of Tasmania

Lead and other trace elements in five species of Australian duck in Tasmania


Sophie Moore, Master of Research Student, Macquarie University

Comparing functional diversity of native and planted tree species in urban centres of Australia

Dr Andrew Hoskins, Research Scientist, CSIRO Health And Biosecurity

Seasonal foraging habitat selection by the little red flying-fox across Queensland


Dr Katherine Moseby, Research Fellow, University of University of New South Wales

Adaptive management: the key to successful reintroduction of western quolls in South Australia


Mariel Fulham, The University of Sydney

Widespread occurrence of human-associated Escherichia coli in free-ranging sea lion and fur seal pups


Sourav Das, PhD Candidate, Macquarie University

Urban living expands estimates of the climate niches of tree species

Matt Bradford, CSIRO

The diet of the little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus)



Clare Bracey, Research Assistant, Monash University

A rapid evidence review of the management interventions for Australian woodlands

Dr Michael Bertram, Postdoctoral Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Disruption of male mating strategies in a chemically compromised environment

Professor Andrew T. D. Bennett, Deakin University

Clinical Lateralization of behaviour in parrots

Shannon Treloar, Student, Edith Cowan University

Potential for resource competition between co-existing threatened mammals in a fenced reserve in Western Australia

Shannon Taylor, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney

Anthropogenic toxicants in two declining Australian pinniped populations




Kaylah Del Simone, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland

How limb morphology influences manoeuvrability and speed in Isoodon macrourus

17:20 – 18:00
Prizes and Awards
Photo competition winners announcement


Friday 4 December 2020

9:00 – 15:30
Workshop 8: Writing for Publication
9:00 – 11:00
Friday Workshop – Wildlife Acoustics  
Friday Workshop – Wildlife Drones with Debbie Saunders