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2011 Ecological Society of Australia Conference


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Ecological Society of Australia Conference

21-25 November
Wrest Point Casino

For the first time in fifteen years, the annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) was held in Tasmania at the end of November.  The CRC was well-represented, with fourteen delegates chairing symposia, delivering talks or presenting posters. The annual ESA meeting is one of the largest ecological think-tanks held in the southern hemisphere.  The 654 delegates (of which about 40% were students) came from all states of Australia, as well as from New Zealand, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan, France and the UK.  In addition to the five keynote speakers (David Bowman, Kath Dickinson, Beth Fulton, Nick Mooney and Steve Nicol) there were 320 fifteen-minute talks, 90 “speed talks” and about 85 posters.  The full program can be viewed here. 

Congratulations to UTAS PhD student Adam McKiernan who was awarded the ESA prize for the best poster (view poster here).

Delegates had the option of taking a number of field trips to experience the many and varied ecosystems of Tasmania.  Neil Davidson (UTAS, CRCF and Greening Australia) led a restoration ecology field trip to the Derwent Valley looking at biodiverse carbon plantings.  Other trips included a cruise around Bruny Island (complete with rugged coastline, dolphins, albatross and sea eagles), an alpine experience at Hartz Mountain National Park, an “indigenous” field trip to north-west Tasmania, and a pre-conference tour of mine rehabilitation and Tasmanian Land Conservancy property on the west coast of Tasmania.

Abstracts for presentations made by CRC staff and students can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

SYMPOSIA

Neil Davidson: Woodland restoration: A structural and functional approach [read abstract]

Simon Grove: Forest management in temperate Australia— applied ecology, enlightened self interest or something more? [read abstract]

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Tanya Bailey:  Structural complexity and the importance of coarse woody debris in dry forest restoration [read abstract]

Christina Borzak:  Early ontogenetic development of foliar chemical defence in Eucalyptus globulus [read abstract]

Ryan Burrows:  Increased phosphorus retention in Tasmanian headwater streams modified by clearfell, burn and sow forestry [read abstract]

Lisa Cawthen: Are management actions for hollow-users effective? Retained tree use in harvested areas by bats and possums [read abstract]

Neil Davidson:  Carbon, biodiversity and restoration [read abstract]

Archana Gauli:  The importance of provenance choice in restoration plantings: the case of Eucalyptus pauciflora [read abstract]

Simon Grove:  Birds, forestry and wildfires: the importance of spatial scale in assessing disturbance impacts on bird assemblages across Tasmania’s southern forests landscape [read abstract]

Amelia Koch: Mapping and managing tree hollows in Tasmania [read abstract]

Amelia Koch: Monitoring eagle nest success in Tasmania’s forests [read abstract]

Julianne O’Reilly- Wapstra:  Stability of plant genetic influences on biotic interactions across varying abiotic and biotic environments [read abstract]

Robyn Scott:  Balancing ecological and silvicultural objectives: variable retention harvesting in Tasmania and globally  [read abstract]

Helen Stephens:  How do native rodents enjoy the new look? Responses to an alternative forestry practice  [read abstract]

Shannon Troy: Explaining and predicting the habitat associations of the Tasmanian spotted tailed quoll [read abstract]

Natasha Wiggins:  Local and non-local possum populations show similar preferences for genetically diverse eucalypt food sources [read abstract]

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Justin Bloomfield: Genetic diversity in Eucalyptus obliqua (Myrtaceae) on the island of Tasmania [read abstract] [View poster]

Adam McKiernan: Genetic stability of plant secondary metabolites under elevated CO2 [read abstract] [View poster]

Natasha Wiggins: Scent chemicals of the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) [read abstract]

FIELD TRIP

Neil Davidson: Ecological restoration field trip [read abstract]

BIOBUZZ ISSUE FIFTEEN, DECEMBER 2011