School of Health and Life Sciences

Speakers

Keynote speaker

Lesley HughesProfessor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development), Macquarie University

Professor Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems, and the impacts of climate change for conservation policy. She is a former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the publicly funded Climate Council of Australia. She is also a Director for WWF Australia, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, the Director of the Biodiversity Node for the NSW Adaptation Hub and a member of the expert advisory committee for Future Earth Australia.

Plenary speakers

Kathryn Williams Professor Kathryn Williams, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne

Professor Kathryn Williams is professor in environmental psychology in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research is concerned with the psycho-social dimensions of environmental management, particularly the factors that shape conservation behaviour and public response to environmental policy and management, and the psychological benefits of nature experience. Her cross-disciplinary research is grounded in partnerships with environmental agencies concerned with forest management and urban greening.

Max FinlaysonProfessor Max Finlayson, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Professor Max Finlayson is a wetland ecologist with extensive experience nationally and internationally in the science and management responses to water pollution, mining and agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, and human well-being and wetlands. He has participated in global assessments such as those conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Global Environment Outlook, and Water Management in Agriculture, and since the early 1990s he has been a technical adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. He has been actively involved in environmental NGOs and science organisations and has worked with government, community-based organisations and industry to investigate the causes of ecosystem change and management responses.

Brendan WintleProfessor Brendan Wintle, Director, National Environment Science Program Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR)

Professor Brendan Wintle is the Director of the Commonwealth Government funded National Environment Science Program Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR), and a theme leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Professor Wintle specialises in modelling and dealing with uncertainty in environmental decisions, and measuring cost-effectiveness of conservation programs. He publish on technical and policy issues around conservation and natural resource management, including optimal conservation investment, optimal monitoring and adaptive management, systematic conservation planning, population viability analysis, and habitat modelling and mapping. Professor Wintle 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.