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Collaborative ecology across the Tasman at EcoTAS17

Collaborative ecology across the Tasman at EcoTAS17

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

An international conference being held this month in the Hunter Valley is bringing Australians and New Zealanders together to discuss the latest issues and advances in ecological science.

The Ecological Society of Australia’s (ESA) annual conference is an important fixture in the ecosystem research community’s calendar each year. TERN itself has become a fixture at the conference, and this year will be no different as we and many of our Aussie and Kiwi users finalise their plans to attend the conference later this month—a joint meeting held with the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES).

This year’s ‘EcoTAS’ will be held from 26 November to 1 December and TERN will sponsor the plenary session on Tuesday the 28th, which features keynote addresses from Professors Luciano Beheregaray and Sue Hartley:

  • Luciano Beheregaray, Flinders University - Ecological genomics of adaptation to environmental change
  • Sue Hartley, University of York - Pests, pathogens and unpredictable rainfall: using ecology to address global challenges in food security

TERN will be well represented at the conference, with two members of the TERN Science Advisory Committee presenting:

  • Adrienne Nicotra - 2017 ONE-DAY POSTGRAD COURSE ON CURRENT ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, Sunday 26 November
  • Steve Morton - KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ESA Gold Medal Winner, Monday 27 November
  • Margaret Byrne - SYMPOSIUM: Assisted migration under climate change, Wednesday 29 November

In addition, a number of presentations throughout the week describe advances in Australian ecosystem science enabled by TERN’s infrastructure, including:

Monday 27 November

SYMPOSIUM: Tree Mortality - When, Where and Why Do Trees Die? - Part 1

  • Brendan Choat of Western Sydney University is speaking on research that uses TERN delivered ecosystem process data to analyse the impacts severe droughts have on ecosystem function and carbon balance.
  • Jennifer Peters of Western Sydney University is speaking about research using TERN’s Northern Australia research infrastructure to study the seasonal water stress of our northern savanna forests and analyse the ecosystem’s vulnerability to collapse under a changing climate and water availability.

SYMPOSIUM: Insect Ecology Research Chapter - insects punching above their weight (Part 2)

  • Alan Andersen of Charles Darwin University is speaking on research that uses ant data collected along TERN’s transect-based research infrastructure to compare savanna ant faunas in Australia with those in South America and southern Africa.

SYMPOSIUM: Tree Mortality - When, Where and Why Do Trees Die? – part 2

  • Linsday Hutley of Charles Darwin University is speaking on mangrove dieback research that utilises TERN’s data infrastructure to make project data publically available so that all researchers can utilise the resource.


Tuesday 28 November

Ecological Modelling (1)

  • Emrys Leitch of the University of Adelaide is speaking on TERN’s plot based ecosystem surveillance monitoring, the data and samples now openly available and some of the research they facilitate.

SYMPOSIUM: Microscopic interactions with macroscopic effects - the role of micro-organisms in maintaining and monitoring the health of macro-communities and organisms (Part 1)

  • Jeff Powell of Western Sydney University is speaking about how he’s used the Biomes of Australian Soils (BASE) project to do research. BASE was developed using TERN ecosystem samples, and involves the CSIRO, TERN’s related NCRIS projects and many others.


Wednesday 29 November

SYMPOSIUM: Vulnerability and resilience of grasslands in Oceania to climate change

  • Sally Power of Western Sydney University is speaking about data collected via the global DroughtNet project, which utilises a number of TERN’s ecosystem process monitoring sites, including TERN’s Cumberland Plain SuperSite in NSW.


Thursday 30 November

SYMPOSIUM: Assessing risks to ecosystems - research and applications

  • Emma Burns of the Australian National University is presenting on research in Australia’s Mountain Ash forests that used TERN supported long-term research sites.

SYMPOSIUM: Enabling Ecosystem Surveillance Monitoring across Australia – putting ecology to work

  • Aaron Greenville of Sydney University is speaking about work done at TERN-supported long-term research sites.
  • Ben Sparrow of the University of Adelaide is speaking about TERN’s ecosystem surveillance monitoring programs and how they inform biodiversity and the magnitude and direction of change in our environments.
  • Graciela Metternicht of the University of New South Wales is speaking with reference to TERN’s landscape monitoring in a showcase of good practices that bridge critical gaps in current monitoring efforts.

Ecological Modelling (3)

  • Chantal Huijbers from the Biodiversity & Climate Change Virtual Laboratory is speaking about EcoEd, an NCRIS-project-developed training program that builds on our past educational achievements and provides the training required to further incorporate NCRIS-developed services, capabilities and expertise into Australia’s higher education and research sector.


We look forward to seeing you at this year’s EcoTAS…

Not going to EcoTAS this year?  Don’t worry, you can follow all the action via Twitter using the hashtag #EcoTas17 and by following @TERN_Aus.