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Catch up with TERN at the Ecological Society of Australia conference

The Ecological Society of Australia conference is rapidly approaching, and TERN is proud to be both a major sponsor and a participant.  Read on to find out about our workshop on publishing your research data via TERN and where else you are likely to find TERN, including at the long-term ecological research workshop and presenting on topics like the Threatened Species Index.

‘Renewal’ is the theme of this year’s annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), online from 22 – 26 November. The 2021 conference will feature a diverse range of applications of ecology that explore our relationships with each other and with nature, as our land recovers from fire, drought and flood.

ESA’s President Dr Bek Christensen says:

“The conference will be a great opportunity for us all to be renewed at the end of another challenging year! Through the keynotes and presentations, it will showcase the breadth, depth, and excellence of ecological research and practice from our community.  

As well as hearing about all this work, I’m looking forward to using the networking opportunities to re-connect with people, which has always been a highlight of our ESA conferences.”

Dr Bek Christensen, President, Ecological Society of Australia

TERN is pleased to continue its long-standing affiliation with ESA’s annual conferences and is mid-way through its three-year major sponsorship arrangement.

In addition to conference sponsorship, the agreement also allocates funds that will allow ESA to support an annual event for long-term research ecologists in Australia and the activities of the Australian LTER Community of Practice (read more about how to get involved in the AusLTER workshop below).

There are some specific TERN events during the week that we’d like to bring to your attention:

Workshop - Publishing data in TERN

Wednesday 24 November, 10:30 – 12:00 The workshop consists of a presentation followed by a hands-on tutorial on how to use TERN’s web-based SHaRED data submission tool to publish ecosystem research data securely in TERN’s portals. TERN’s SHaRED tool enables researchers to comply with ISO 19115-3 metadata standard, use domain-specific controlled vocabularies, use open licence and assign DOI for their data to make them FAIR. Facilitated by: Habacuc Flores Moreno, Elisa Maria Girola and Siddeswara Guru

Workshop - Long live ecology: the case for an Australian long-term ecological research (LTER) Community of Practice

Wednesday 24 November, 11:00 - 16:00 This workshop is aimed at a broad range of ecologists and practitioners who are interested in supporting an Australian Community of Practice for long-term ecology and management. It is a follow up to the ESA survey of long-term ecology, the Ecosystem Science Council document “Foundations for the future” and the TERN-led AusLTER discussion at ESA 2018 in Brisbane. Present your story of long-term ecology in a speed talk (anyone can submit), share knowledge about successes and challenges for long-term ecology, galvanise a set of priority actions to take forward as a Community of Practice. Facilitated by: John Morgan, John Hunter, Glenda Wardle and Bek Christensen

Presentations featuring TERN

A number of presentations throughout the week describe advances in Australian ecosystem science enabled by TERN’s infrastructure.  We’d specifically like to draw your attention to the following presentations:

  • Ayesha Tulloch
    Tuesday, 23 November, 11:59 AEDT
    Open Forum: THREATENED SPECIES.
    ‘The continuation of Australia’s Threatened Species Index’
  • Sally O’Neill
    Tuesday, 23 November, 14:28 AEDT
    Open Forum: CONSERVATION ECOLOGY (2)
    ‘Standardising environmental monitoring and data systems for NRM practitioners: how ecologists and service providers can benefit from TERN’s protocols developed for DAWE.’

  • Richard Lucas
    Tuesday, 23 November, 15:31 AEDT
    Symposium: PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIC ACCOUNTING IN AUSTRALIA
    ‘Linking land cover change to land and ecosystem accounts.’
  • Shawan Chowdhury
    Tuesday, 23 November, 17:07 AEDT
    Open Forum: CONSERVATION POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
    ‘EcoAssets: Research data for environmental indicators
  • Kristen Williams
    Thursday, 25 November, 11:59 AEDT
    REMOTE SENSING IN ECOLOGY (1)
    ‘Using satellite-based remote sensing and modelling to estimate habitat condition, change and trends.’

  • Stuart Phinn
    Thursday, 25 November, 13:04 AEDT
    Symposium: REMOTE SENSING IN ECOLOGY (1)
    ‘Translating Ecological Remote Sensing for Monitoring and Managing Disturbance and Recovery in Australian Ecosystems.’

  • Elisa Bayraktarov
    Thursday, 25 November, 14:43 AEDT
    Open Forum: ECOLOGICAL MODELLING (1)
    ‘EcoCommons – the platform of choice for ecological and environmental modelling.’

  • Tina Parkhurst
    Friday, 26 November, 11:15 AEDT
    Open Forum: ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
    ‘Recovery of woody but not herbaceous native flora ten years post old-field restoration.’

  • Ben Sparrow
    Friday, 26 November, 11:40 AEDT
    Symposium: VEGETATION INFORMATION SUPPORTING CLASSIFICATION AND MAPPING – ROAD TO RECOVERY (1)
    ‘Standardisation and collaboration are key to effective continental-scale long-term vegetation mapping.’
  • Donna Lewis
    Friday, 26 November, 12:01 AEDT
    Symposium: VEGETATION INFORMATION SUPPORTING CLASSIFICATION AND MAPPING – ROAD TO RECOVERY (1)
    ‘Developing a vegetation typology for the Northern Territory using numerical analyses of plot-based data.’
  • Jamie Cleverly
    Friday, 26 November, 12:07 AEDT
    Open Forum: CLIMATE CHANGE (2)
    ‘High temperature versus high vapour pressure deficit stress in Acacia aptaneura during drought-induced mortality.’
  • Jenny Davis
    Friday, 26 November, 12:07 AEDT
    Open Forum: DECISION MAKING TOOLS AND SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
    ‘The conservation challenge of protecting recently discovered subterranean wetlands and stygofauna in northern Australia.’

TERN will also have an online exhibit and we look forward to engaging with you in break times and answering your questions.

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

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