threatening processes session - our presenters
Pete graduated with a Bachelor of Systems Agriculture from UWS Hawkesbury in 2000. Since that time he has been involved in working in the NRM space for 15 years working with the Rice Growers Association of Australia, Hawkesbury Nepean CMA and now with Central Tablelands Local Land Services since its inception 4 years ago. Pete has worked on a domestic cat tracking project to highlight the distances travelled by domestic cats within the Lithgow Area. He is involved with the Threatened Species Project and oversees the Sustainable Agriculture project within Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
Dr Julian Reid
Julian completed his PhD on ‘Bird Diversity in the Australian Arid Zone’ at the ANU in 2014, and has researched birds in arid Australia over the past 35 years. Julian spent 20 years surveying plants and animals in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, focusing on parts of the Lake Eyre Basin (Coongie Lakes, Goyders Lagoon, Channel Country), and MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. For ten of those years he periodically conducted aerial survey counts of waterbirds in the Lake Eyre Basin. Julian's professional career started in the southern temperate and mallee zones of South Australia, where he studied the impacts of vegetation clearance on birds. He has been based at CSIRO and latterly the ANU for most of his career, and has resumed studying ‘Declining Woodland Birds’ and fragmentation ecology since moving to Canberra 20 years ago. Julian serves on the Night Parrot Recovery Team and Cowra Woodland Birds Program management committee.
Dr michael drielsma
Dr Drielsma leads a team that develops and applies computer-based spatial modelling techniques to assess the state of biodiversity and to guide conservation efforts. Projects range from regional scales up sub-continental scales. In order to bring more ecological process to biodiversity assessments his team develops new modelling techniques that straddle landscape ecology and metapopulation ecology, which assess and map ecological condition, connectivity and occupancy. Recent work is informing conservation efforts in the face of a range of threats, including climate change. His team provided spatial prioritisation and project evaluation to the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link Partnership between 2011 and 2017.
Carl is recognised as an innovative leader in urban ecosystem monitoring and management and over the past few years has been involved in multiple projects focusing on managing urban ecosystems in the growth centres of the Western Sydney region.
Carl is a specialist aquatic and riparian ecologist with an in-depth knowledge of the development and application of waterway and catchment monitoring frameworks, ecosystem health guidelines, ecological indicators and adaptive waterway management.
Carl has a high level of research and communication skills, evidenced by numerous peer reviewed publications, presentations and workshops and is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on ecological indicators, waterway health guidelines and the development of a management framework specific to urban waterways.