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Did you know that two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world? Yet we tend to only hear about the plight of mammals and birds. Join us on Threatened Species Day – a day to raise awareness of species at risk of extinction – for an eye opening webinar, where our expert guest speakers will highlight some of the vital species of flora at risk of extinction and the importance of their conservation.

Hear for our expert presenters:

Dr Richard McLellan is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Gulbali Institute, Charles Sturt University. Richard’s current research is focussed on the ecological functions of one of Australia’s most iconic, valuable, and threatened plant species: Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum). The aims of his research include enhanced understanding of the important ecological functions that Australian sandalwood trees provide in situ; their precarious conservation status and increasing need for protection; and the benefits to be gained by land managers and Traditional Owners in maintaining and enhancing their survival in their natural communities.

Jamie Kirkpatrick AM is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. His main research loves are alpine and garden ecosystems, nature conservation and the politics of environment. Jamie and his students have several projects relevant to the impacts of climate change on Tasmanian ecosystems, and he will be presenting his research on ‘making unconscious conservation of threatened plants conscious’, focussing on the spiritual and venial values of the many species that now require human disturbance for a future.

The #actsofconnection series includes live webinars, shared learning opportunities, competitions and networking events aimed at connecting a community of passionate individuals who want to learn more about sustainability.

Accessible to all staff and students of ACTS Members, the series helps individuals:

     – Increase their sustainability literacy,

     – Connect with a supportive community of likeminded people, and

     – Learn simple yet effective ways to help build a better future!


7 September, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST
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