Speakers

Professor Ross Garnaut (AO)

Professor Ross Garnaut (AO) is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and a Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne as well as a Distinguished Professor of the Australian National University. In December 2009, Professor Garnaut was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Australian National University.

He is currently Chairman of a number of international companies and research organisations, including the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) and the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Limited (Singapore). In addition, he is a director of Ok Tedi Mining Limited (Papua New Guinea) and a member of the board of several international research institutions, including the Lowy Institute for International Policy (Sydney), AsiaLink (Melbourne), the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta) and the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University (Beijing).

Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

In addition to his distinguished academic career, Professor Garnaut has also had longstanding and successful roles as policy advisor, diplomat and businessman. He was the Senior Economic Adviser to Australian Prime Minister R.J.L. Hawke from 1983 to 1985 and subsequently served as the Australian Ambassador to China (1985 to 1988).

In September 2008, Professor Garnaut presented the Garnaut Climate Change Review to the Australian Prime Minister. This review, commissioned by the Australian government, examines the impact of climate change on the Australian economy and provides potential medium to long-term policies to ameliorate these.

 

Professor Charles Krebs

Charles Krebs is a population ecologist who divides his time into writing textbooks in ecology and studying population and community dynamics of the boreal forest and tundra regions of western Canada. He is retired from the University of British Columbia and lives in Canberra during the northern winter.

 

Dr Lorrae van Kerkoff

Lorrae’s research examines the role of science in governance, decision-and policy-making as it relates to sustainability; north-south research collaborations; and institutional influences on the governance of knowledge. Lorrae lectures in qualitative and integrative research methods, and is currently a contributing Editor to Environment journal.

 

Dr Peter Bridgewater

Dr. Bridgewater became Chair of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee in 2007. Previous posts include Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention and Chief Executive of the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. His current research interests include linkages between cultural and biological diversity and linking science and policy especially in sustainable development.

 

Professor William Sutherland

Bill Sutherland holds the Miriam Rothschild chair of Conservation Biology in the Department of Zoology. His research interests largely involve predicting the consequences of environmental change. He wrote The Conservation Handbook and From Individual Behaviour to Population Biology. He edited Managing Habitats for Conservation, Ecological Census Techniques, Behaviour and Conservation, Conservation Science and Action and Bird Ecology and Conservation: a Handbook of Techniques. He is an Editor in Chief for Conservation Letters and Conservation Evidence and an editor for Oryx and Behavioral Ecology. He edits the Series Techniques in Ecology and Conservation, which has volumes on birds, education, sustainable use, forests, habitat management and invasives with insects and remote sensing in press. He set up the Gratis book scheme that has given away over five thousand books to developing countries. He is currently heavily involved in exploring a range of ways of integrating conservation science and policy including the development of evidence-based conservation through the website ConservationEvidence.com.

 

Professor Hal Mooney

Harold A Mooney is the Paul S Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology at Stanford University. He received his PhD from Duke University. He served as President of the Ecological Society of America, President of the American Institute of Biological Science, and Secretary General of the International Council for Science. He was Scientific Panel Co-Chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment from 2000 to 2005 and is now Chair of DIVERSITAS, an international program on biodiversity science.

Mooney is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has received numerous awards, including the Tyler Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, the Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences and the BBVA Foundation Award for Scientific Research in Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Mooney is currently engaged in research on the impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems, especially on productivity and biodiversity; the invasion of non-indigenous plant species; and the environmental and social consequences of industrialized animal production systems.

 

Julian Cribb

Julian Cribb is an author, journalist, editor and science communicator and principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication.


His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism. His latest book, The Coming Famine explores the question of whether we can feed humanity through the mid-century peak in numbers and food demand.

 

2010 AERA Lecture

Professor Corey Bradshaw

The ESA is pleased to announce that Professor Corey Bradshaw has been selected to deliver the 2010 Australian Ecology Research Award (AERA) Lecture.

The 2010 AERA recognises Corey Bradshaw’s quantitative research in wildlife population management and climate change impacts on biodiversity. The work has revolutionised how ecologists can combine demographic, genetic, landscape and economic data within advanced mathematical models to design the most cost-effective and efficient invasive species control, to determine threats to biodiversity, and to estimate the impact of human activities on biodiversity on a global scale.

For more information on Corey’s work click here.

The AERA Lecture recognises excellence in research in Australian ecology, for a specific body of recent work by a mid-career researcher, and is delivered annually as a Plenary at the conference of the Ecological Society of Australia. The candidate’s travel, registration and accommodation will be paid or reimbursed. The AERA winner is selected by an independent panel of expert ecologists from around Australia, chaired by the ESA’s Vice President – Research, Glenda Wardle.

Corey joins the ranks of our previous distinguished winners of the AERA lecture. Professor Bob Pressey presented the first lecture at the ESA in Sydney in 2008 and, in 2009, Professor David Lindenmayer addressed the 10th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL), jointly hosted by ESA and NZES, in Brisbane.

 

2010 Gold Medal Recipient

Professor Richard Hobbs

Congratulations to Professor Richard Hobbs, University of Western Australia, who has been selected to receive the 2010 Ecological Society of Australia Gold Medal.

The Gold Medal recognises Richard’s significant contribution to ecology in Australia, through his research in both theoretical and applied aspects of restoration ecology, and his role in improving communications amongst scientists and with practitioners in ecosystem management.

For more on Richard’s work visit click here

The ESA awards a Gold Medal in recognition of an ecologist who has made a substantial contribution to the study of ecology in Australia over the course of their career. The Medal can also be awarded to ESA members who have made a significant contribution to the operations of the Society.

To nominate a candidate for the Gold Medal, contact: President at ecolsoc.org.au.