Keynote speaker

Brendan WintleProfessor Brendan Wintle, Professor of Conservation Ecology, School of Ecosystem & Forest Science, University of Melbourne

Professor Brendan Wintle completed a Forestry Degree in 1994 before working as a senior forest policy officer in the Queensland State Government. He completed his PhD in 2004 entitled "Characterizing and dealing with uncertainty in species distribution models" at the University of Melbourne. He won an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on the design of wildlife monitoring programs before taking up a position with the University of Melbourne School of Botany as a lecturer in Conservation Ecology. He holds an ARC Future Fellowship: "Climate adaptation strategies for conserving biodiversity in rapidly changing landscapes". Brendan specializes in modelling and dealing with uncertainty in environmental decisions, and measuring cost-effectiveness of conservation programs. He has served on Forest Stewardship Council reference committees, and various Commonwealth and State science advisory bodies including the Regional Sustainability Planning Advisory Committee, the Monitoring and Evaluation (MERI) advisory group, and the 'Save the Tasmanian Devil' Science Advisory Group

Plenary speakers

Katie Holmes Professor Katie Holmes, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Professor Katie Holmes an environmental historian and environmental humanities scholar, internationally known for her work on how individuals interact with their culture, society and environment. She is interested in how people make sense of the world around them and how this changes over time. Her work has helped transform the field of environmental history in Australia into a mode of understanding the experience of Australian settlement, one shaped by climate and landscape which in turn shapes culture and policy. Her work in the environmental humanities has been instrumental in bringing interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches to the field, including those of gender, oral history, mental illness, emotions and the history of gardens. Her collaboration with scholars from other disciplines including ecology, geography, business, communications, visual art, literature, sociology and anthropology, has led to successful collaborative environmental humanities research teams.

Liz ZnidersicDr Liz Znidersic, School of Agricultural, Environmental & Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Znidersic is a post-doctoral researcher with Charles Sturt University. Her major research interests include survey methodologies and the application of technological tools to monitor individual species and ecosystems, wetland species and their management and island biodiversity and species reintroductions/translocations. Liz’s research has led her into the wetlands of Australia and the USA, searching for some the most secretive wetland birds using acoustic and motion-activated camera monitoring. She has worked extensively in the field as a ranger, field ecologist and environmental educator with nature-based tourism.

Paul Gibson RoyDr Paul Gibson Roy, Ecological Restoration, Kalbar operations

Dr Paul Gibson Roy is a restoration ecologist specialized in re-establishing species-rich native grasslands and grassy woodlands. In 2004 he instigated the field-scale Victorian Grassy Groundcover Research Project and in 2011 expanded that to NSW focusing on EPBC-listed Cumberland Plain Grassy Woodland. There he also developed advanced seed production capacity to supply rare native seed for direct seeding complex grassy woodland across the region. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2016 and toured the USA investigating their native seed and restoration sectors. In 2017 he co-developed an ANPC-led native seed sector survey gathering critical information and feedback from restorationists nationally. In 2019 he joined Kalbar Resources to oversee rehabilitation strategies for the Fingerboards project in east Gippsland (Victoria) which included an ambitious goal to restore ~200 ha of nationally listed grassy woodland to parts of the post-mined landscape. Paul has published extensively on the topics of restoration, seed production and the restoration sector including to the revised Florabank Guidelines on Seed Production and Direct Seeding and the Society for Ecological Restoration’s ‘International Principles and Standards for Native Seeds in Ecological Restoration’ developing a guide for the collection and production of native seeds for ecological restoration.