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Doñana National Park: A Spanish protected area to learn about nature and so...

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Instituto Cervantes Sydney

Level 3, 299 Sussex St.

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Doñana is a unique natural laboratory because of its large expanse of marshes and its series of dunes dotted with pine groves and scrub, stretching for 25 km along the Atlanthic coast. The marshes are feed by the Guadalquivir river. In autumn and winter the marshes and thousands of ephemerals pools are one of the most important European areas for waterfowl wintering. The Iberian lynx and the imperial eagle are the most emblematic species in the area. This Doñana fauna has attracted photographers, conservationists, scientists, and even pilgrims from all over the world. In this conference we will learn about its history and wildlife, as well as some of the main challenges it is facing.

This event will start with the screening of the documentary DOÑANA: 4 SEASONS directed by Javier Molina Lamothe and will continue with a lecture by Professor Montserrat Vilà.

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Montserrat Vilà is research professor in ecology at Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC) in Seville (Spain). She did her PhD at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, and a Postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focus on the ecology of introduced species, how they became biological invasions, and the implications for nature protection. She has published >150 ISI papers and >40 book chapters. In collaboration with Prof PE Hulme she has just edited a book on the impacts of biological invasions on ecosystem services (http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319451190) emphasizing that managing introduced species requires the interlink between environmental and socioeconomic sectors. She is a member of the Scientific Forum for the EU Regulation on invasive species and president of the European Working Group on Biological Invasions (NEOBIOTA). She is among the top 1% researchers for most cited documents in the Ecology/Environment field for 2014 and 2015.

There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

Photograpy: H.Garrido/EBD-CSIC

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