Ecology and Evolution Series - Summer #1

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Adapting to extreme weather in our changing world: floodplains and forests

Curious. Cutting-edge. Community.

This is a summer like no other. Our adored Adelaide Hills, charismatic Kangaroo Island, and so many other communities throughout Australia are literally feeling the heat of climate change. People need answers, they want to understand, and they want change. But what needs to change, and how can we discover the new knowledge and behaviours our world needs now?

For our Series I, we’re exploring global problems and local solutions in Adapting to extreme weather in our changing world. We’d love you to join us as we kick-off to explore the impact of this summer’s hotter drier weather on our forests, their capacity to store carbon, and emerging technologies helping to protect old-growth forests. For the local people trying to protect them, for everyone affected by climate change, and for our planet.


Laura Parry

Professor Laura Parry
Head of School of Biological Sciences

Professor Laura Parry joined our community as Head of School of Biological Sciences in 2019. Laura has three decades of experience in higher education, as a researcher, research leader and award-winning educator, and is internationally renowned for her research into reproductive biology. Under Laura’s leadership, the school is strengthening its partnerships with industry and government. Laura will launch the series via video message.

Melita Low

Melita Low
PhD student, School of Biological Sciences

Melita Low is a PhD candidate with supervisors Professor Andy Lowe and Dr Eleanor Dormontt. Melita is a remote student based at Sunshine Coast University. Her research focuses on the trafficking of global timber supplies and developing a timber tracking system for South East Asian timber. This is Melita’s introductory PhD seminar.

Kate Delaporte

Dr Kate Delaporte
Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte is Curator of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve. Kate’s main interest is improving Australian native plants for horticulture by research into propagation, cultivation, and breeding and selecting new varieties and species. She also has interests in supporting indigenous knowledge of food/medicines from plants; renewing the Urban Forest, sustainable agriculture and the environment. Her presentation will include Carbon accounting at Waite Arboretum.

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