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Lunchtime speaker series: Biodiversity Conservation
Thu. 23 March 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm AEDT
LOCATION: NAS Innovation Design Space (IDS) 12.04
- This is part of RMIT's 2017 Sustainability Week; a week long celebration for students and staff showcasing sustainability learning and teaching, research, operations and student initiatives on campus. -
Throughout Sustainability Week a lunchtime speaker series will run, each day focussing on a different topic. This provides the opportunity for the broader RMIT community to hear more about sustainability research as well as a few special guests. RMIT's Student Union Sustainability Representitive Adam Flemming will be MC-ing the session.
Dr Georgia Garrard
Research Fellow at RMIT; research interests include the use of science to inform environmental policy, adaptive management and structured decision making
Alex has a background in law and environmental science, and has previously worked in various policy roles for the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments. Alex has just submitted his PhD which he undertook with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. His research explores how the strategic use of message framing can enhance conservation messages. This applies principles from various social science disciplines, including economics, psychology and communications to craft more effective biodiversity conservation messages.
Chris started at Melbourne Zoo, Australia, in 1969, working mainly in the Reptile Department for three years before leaving for the UK. The following three years were spent at Bristol and London Zoos, before returning to Melbourne Zoo in 1975. Subsequent zoo keeping and management roles focused on reptiles and amphibians, including Chair of the Australasian regional zoo association’s Reptile Amphibian Advisory Group for 10 years.
An interest in the role of zoos in conservation in the late 1980s led to initiating Zoos Victoria’s participation in south-east Asian conservation projects in the early 1990s – in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines. In 2003, Chris transferred to the Wildlife Conservation & Science Department, where his main role is managing ZV’s international conservation partnerships – currently in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Uganda – as well as coordinating ZV’s participation in recovery program for threatened south- east Australian frogs and reptiles.
Supporting his zoo position, Chris is a member of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) specialist groups for Crocodiles, Tortoises & Freshwater Turtles and Conservation Breeding; and Board member for the Zoo Keeper Association of the Philippines. He is also a member of various local and international environmental organizations.
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Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000