The Renewables Innovation Hub, Entry 29 and The ACT Government with the support of Energy Lab, RDA and SERREE will bring you the opportunity to learn, network, collaborate and enjoy a day of activities with Environmental and Renewable Leaders of the ACT community.Become a thought-leader and support the ACT efforts to fight climate change through innovation and community participation. Come as a volunteer, showcase your idea or just participate on the day!
Nature needs half; a new deal for nature; natural capital; transformative change; ecosystem services; natures contributions to people: just some of the confusing ecobabble facing politicians in the lead-in to the Convention on Biological Diversity CoP in 2020. But rather than scramble for new things, we already have the tools to craft better ways to deal with biodiversity, we are just not using them well or effectively. Focusing on Natura 2000, urban ecological infrastructure, the Australian Landcare program, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and community conserved areas, and drawing on the positive messages in the IPBES Global Assessment, I argue that an integrated approach with existing tools can reach a global biodiversity balance by 2030 – without invoking confusing or unreachable targets. Speaker:Peter Bridgewater is an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Applied Ecology and the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, at the University of Canberra. Peter is currently the Chair for the Australian Working Group on Biosphere Reservesand the Australian national delegate for theIntergovernmental Coordinating Council for the Man and the Biosphere Programme, UNESCO. He has published over 250 papers and presented at many major scientific conferences.
Following the proposition in 1989 that many long term chronic adult diseases originated in the fetus, studies have concluded that a wide range of diseases from obesity to asthma have been found to have been instigated in early development. As both mammalian oocyte and male germ cell development begins in fetal life, it has been suggested that environmental and lifestyle factors of the mother could directly impact the fertility of subsequent generations. Cigarette smoke is a known toxicant, yet disturbingly a significant proportion of women continue to smoke throughout pregnancy. The focus of our investigations has been to characterize, using an animal model, the adverse effects of smoking directly on ovary and oocyte quality in female offspring and testes and sperm development of male mice exposed in utero and on subsequent generations. In summary, our results demonstrate that pregnancy and lactational exposure to cigarette smoke can have long-lasting profound and subtle effects on the fertility of the next generation(s) of female and male offspring. Speaker:Professor Eileen McLaughlin is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. Eileen graduated from The University of Bristol UK in 1994 with a PhD in assisted reproduction and reproductive cryobiology, after which she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in reproductive biology to work on the development of human male contraceptive targets at the School of Biochemistry. In 2000, she took up a post-doctoral fellowship to expand her work to female virally vectored immunocontraceptives in wildlife feral animal control with CSIRO and the Invasive Animal CRC in Canberra. In 2002, she obtained a lectureship at the University of Newcastle NSW, where she established an internationally recognised and highly productive lab working on ovarian follicular development, female and male germ cell development and the effects of reproductive toxicants in multigenerational fertility. Eileen has published over 170 peer reviewed chapters and journal articles and been awarded over $34 million in research funding since arriving “Down Under”.
Management of wildlife species to conserve them needs to evaluate whether the conservation aim(s) has been achieved. Managers and researchers can be very confident (stronger inference) to uncertain (weaker inference) about whether an aim has been achieved and whether that was caused by management. There are three broad options for evaluations; first, those showing trajectories over time; second, those showing responses to management efforts; and third, those showing trajectories over time in response to management. All approaches should use analysis of response to evaluate management effects, and evaluate predictions of trends and effects of management efforts, in order to strengthen causal inferences. We illustrate the options with examples from wild populations around the world. Speaker:Jim is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra. His research focus is wildlife ecology and management, especially the evaluation of theory and on-ground management. He has published on wildlife in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and the UK.
Managing stormwater and associated pollutants is a major problem in urban catchments. The urban stormwater project consisted of two studies which will be discussed in this seminar:Lake Tuggeranong research projectLake Tuggeranong has had persistent problems with blue-green algal blooms leading to lake closure. Blue-green algae blooms are potentially toxic, produce odour and are unsightly. As such they reduce the aesthetic, recreational and environmental benefits derived from Lake Tuggeranong. An investigation into the factors leading to cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Tuggeranong and in-lake trials to investigate possible management solutions will be discussed.Urban pondsUrban ponds are a key feature of Canberra’s urban stormwater network. Urban ponds are used as a water sensitive urban design feature to remove contaminants from urban stormwater. An investigation of the effectiveness of Canberra’s urban ponds and the effect of altering water regime on nutrient attenuation was undertaken. Speaker:Dr Rod Ubrihien has a broad interest in water quality. Specific areas of interest include managing contamination in urban environments, environmental chemistry, aquatic toxicology and aquatic ecology. His current project includes investigating water quality in Canberra’s urban stormwater system.