Overcoming Barriers to Effective Conservation under Climate Change

Date: December 13, 2016
Time: 5.30-7pm


Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplande, Hobart


Join a panel of experts and be part of the conversation about the need to promote adaptation of biodiversity to the impacts of climate change.

  • How are conservation managers responding to the impacts of climate change?
  • Are current adaptation strategies working?
  • What are the options for Australia’s biodiversity as things get hotter?
  • Do our conservation laws need to change to address these challenges?


  • Dr April Reside is a postdoctoral research fellow with the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Threatened Species Hub, based at the University of Queensland. April’s research in the “reintroductions and refugia” NESP theme focuses on climate change impacts, biodiversity conservation and priorities for climate adaptation, using spatial modelling.
  • Dr Alistair Hobday, is a marine scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, in Hobart. His current research focuses on investigating the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity and fishery resources, and developing, prioritising and testing adaptation options to underpin sustainable use and conservation into the future.
  • Dr Michael Dunlop is an integration scientist with CSIRO Land and Water in Canberra, Australia. Mike’s research has a particular focus on understanding the implications of climate change for biodiversity conservation and helping natural resource managers and policymakers make planning decisions that effectively incorporate consideration of future climate change.
  • Ms Phillipa McCormack is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. Her research investigates how well Australian biodiversity conservation laws implement climate adaptation strategies, and proposes legal reforms to facilitate biodiversity adaptation.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact Phillipa McCormack (0419 360 244).

University of Tasmania event description

Event audience: Everyone