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.