TESS Seminars


TESS seminars feature international, Australian, and local JCU researchers whose work falls within Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. Speakers are typically established or postdoctoral researchers.

Where: JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield (Crowther Lecture Theatre A03-003)

COVID-19 check in required on entry

When: Wednesdays on the advertised date and time

Who:   All welcome!

Time: 4 pm to 5 pm (AEST)

Followed by Refreshments

*The seminars will also be live streamed via Zoom and TESS YouTube:

- Zoom: https://bit.ly/3andH7s

- YouTube: https://bit.ly/37hpJ0v

If you are hosting a visitor or would like to give a seminar, please contact the seminar coordinator, Dr Yoko Ishida by email to yoko.ishida@jcu.edu.au

2021 TESS ANNUAL CONFERENCE (1-2 November) - save the date!

Next seminar

Future-oriented conservation in times of change

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 4 pm (AEST) | Claudia Munera | ANU Doctoral candidate

Abstract: How do you conserve a glacial moorland when the glaciers are no longer there? How do you protect the habitat of an endangered species when the rainforest it depends upon transforms into a dry woodland? Conservation of biodiversity has traditionally been concerned with preserving, maintaining, and restoring biodiversity, ecosystem services, and unique landscapes. However, climate change brings new and inevitable ecological transformation, where traditional approaches to conserving biodiversity are fundamentally challenged.  Future-oriented conservation aims to rethink what we need to do now to prepare for future ecological change. Reframing climate adaptation in conservation requires addressing climate change in positive and forward-looking ways, considering the scientific and technical aspects of climate change, and assessing climate-related decisions that enable or hinder how change is anticipated and managed. Through results from a project implemented in Colombia, Claudia will explore how future-oriented conservation approaches can help protected area managers and practitioners to anticipate and respond to long-term social and ecological change amidst uncertain information for effective climate adaptation.

Biography: Claudia is a Colombian biologist with a Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development (University of Turin & Politecnico di Torino) and currently a Ph.D. Scholar in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Her research and professional interests have been around the social and livelihood impacts of environmental conservation and sustainable development initiatives on local communities. As a researcher and practitioner, Claudia has been involved in projects related to climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, protected areas, sustainable development, and ecotourism in Latin America, South Africa, and Australia. Claudia has worked on projects with MIF, Government organizations and NGOs, and worked for several years as an endangered species researcher with the Humboldt Institute in Colombia.  Her Ph.D. research explores the narratives of adaptation framing protected areas strategies to deal with future climate change impacts in Australia, Colombia, and South Africa, to identify transitions to dynamic management of natural resources under climate change.

Coming up

Fast invasives fastly become faster: invasive plants align largely with the fast side of the plant economics spectrum

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 4 pm (AEST) | Dr Daniel Montesinos | JCU/ATH

Implications of the 2019–2020 megafires for the biogeography and conservation of Australian vegetation

Wednesday 02 June 2021, 4PM  (AEST) | Dr Katharina Nagar and Dr Robert Godfree | JCU/CSIRO and ANU/CSIRO