School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology


Keynote speaker

Sam LakeEmeritus Professor, Sam Lake, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

Professor Sam Lake is one of Australia’s eminent ecologists and freshwater scientists. His research interests include: ecology of freshwater ecosystems, in particular those of flowing waters, including the role of disturbance (both natural and anthropogenic) in structuring communities, and more recently, the ecological restoration of streams. Professor Lake has published over 200 refereed journal articles and co-authored 6 books and one on drought effects on aquatic ecosystems.

Professor Lake has received several awards including the Gold Medal of the Ecological Society of Australia (2006), the Naumann-Thienemann Medal of the International Society of Limnology (2013) and the Order of Australia (AO) (2014). These awards are for both for his contribution of research over the years and for his involvement in conservation initiatives and struggles. Over his career he has lectured in ecology and limnology and has supervised many postgraduates. In 2015 Professor Lake became an Emeritus Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. At this conference Professor Lake will deliver a talk on ‘Ecological Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems: Challenges and Prospects’

Plenary speakers

Tein McDonaldDr Tein McDonald, Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA)

Dr Tein McDonald is an ecological restoration practitioner, planner and teacher with around 35 years’ restoration experience in rural and urban NSW. For over 17 years she has been Editor of the Ecological Management & Restoration Journal for the Ecological Society of Australia and is currently President of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators. Tein is also a Board Member of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia with whom she led the preparation of the National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia and its adaptation to an international audience. At this conference Dr. McDonald will deliver a talk on the need for concerted sharing of information within the restoration discipline/ industry to optimise successful management and restoration of indigenous ecosystems

 Philip GibbonsAssociate Professor, Philip Gibbons, Australian National University

Dr Philip Gibbons is an Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The ANU where he undertakes research and teaches courses related to biodiversity conservation. He has previously worked for land management agencies in the Victorian and New South Wales Governments and the CSIRO.

His research focuses on biodiversity conservation in managed landscapes including reducing impacts of bushfires on houses, decision-support tools used in environmental impact assessment and cost-effective ecological restoration. He has developed methods to assess biodiversity offsets in collaboration with the Commonwealth and NSW Governments and has worked on biodiversity offset policy in Ecuador, Japan, Singapore and with the IUCN. At this conference Dr Gibbons will deliver a talk titled: Can offsetting deliver no net loss of biodiversity?

Don DriscollProfessor Don Driscoll, Deakin University

Professor Don Driscoll is Professor of terrestrial ecology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University's Burwood campus. Conservation biology is a central research theme, including the role of dispersal in fragmented landscapes, disease in frog populations and managing invasive plants. Don places a strong emphasis on testing ecological theory using applied conservation problems. He is president of the Ecological Society of Australia ( with roles in ESA's Hot Topics initiative and Media Working Group. He completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia, undertook postdoctoral research with CSIRO in Canberra and at the University of Tasmania, lectured in biodiversity at Flinders University in Adelaide, and had a research position at ANU prior to joining Deakin in 2015. Professor Driscoll will deliver a talk on the weed menace; a local citizen-science experiment and global risks.