Conference Program

Please note that the ESA 2023 program is subject to change without notice.

PDF Program: Click here to download a PDF of the conference program. PDF program is correct at the time of publication and is subject to change.

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Information for virtual attendees: all plenary sessions and all concurrent sessions in Waterfront Room 1 will be live-streamed.

Sunday 2 July 2023
0900-1700ESA 2023 Post Graduate Day, CDU Waterfront Campus, Lecture Room 5.03

Optional participation - $40 fee applies

Please join us for the 2023 ESA Post Grad Day. This will be a day of engaging interactions between students and inspiring researcher mentors of various career stages, as we discuss the emerging ideas arising from all the sub-disciplines of ecology, with a spread across organismal fields and approaches. Focus group sessions will provide students with opportunities to discuss hot topics in ecology and gain insights from mentors about what the next generation of researchers will likely need to focus on. Students will also informally engage with mentors and have the chance to ask the hard questions about building a career in science.
1200-1700ESA Executive Planning Day, Darwin Convention Centre, Meeting Room 3
1730-1830Registration and Welcome Drink at Darwin Convention Centre, Ground Floor Foyer

Join us for a quick drink and collect your conference name badge.
1830-1900Find the story in your science, Darwin Convention Centre, Meeting Room 3

Kick off your conference early! Come along and listen as three enthusiastic presenters share their research in a fun and engaging session. Over the past few weeks, these presenters have worked with a communication coach to tease out the key messages in their work. This session will showcase the stories they found in their science.
Monday 3 July 2023
0630-0815Bird Watching: Esplanade (Bicentennial Park)
Tickets can be purchased via the conference registration site ($15 per person).

Depart Darwin Convention Centre at 0630, or meet at the Darwin Family War Memorial, corner of Esplanade and Herbert street at 0645.
RoomAuditorium 2
ChairAlan Andersen
0900-0915Welcome to Country:
Dr Aunty Bilawara Lee
0915-0925 Conference Opening:
ESA 2023 LOC Chair, Alan Andersen
0925-1000Keynote Presentation:
An ecology of feeling, of being, of hope

Professor John Woinarski, Charles Darwin University
ChairStephen van Leeuwen
1000-1030Keynote Presentation:
Martuwarra River of Life for All life

Professor Anne Poelina, Chair, Martuwarra Council
1030-1100Morning tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

With thanks to our Symposium Sponsors:

Atlas of Living Australia

SYMPOSIUM: Transforming fire risk management to improve biodiversity conservation under climate change (1)SYMPOSIUM: Unravelling the underground: new insights into plant-soil ecology from diverse fieldsOPEN FORUM: Invasive speciesOPEN FORUM: Ecological monitoring methods 1
ChairStephen van LeeuwenJames BarkerCarlos AguilarLouis ElliotSegun Osunkoya
A Deadly Solution: Towards an Indigenous-led bushfood industry

La Schaya Body, Australian Tropical Herbarium
Fire Management to Mitigate the Impacts of Large Bushfires on Ecological Values

Dr Laurence Berry, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Embracing fungal multifunctionality

Dr Carlos Aguilar-Trigueros, University of Jyväskylä
Buffering vulnerable wildlife from toxic Cane Toads at a landscape scale

Dr Georgia Ward-Fear, Macquarie University
Eyes on Recovery: exploring the results of a large-scale camera trap initiative investigating post-fire wildlife recovery in Australia

Dr Emma Spencer, Dr Tracy Rout, WWF - Australia
Näpurru ga larrum naweku warrakangu nalapalmi ga djamarrkuli; Co-adapting fauna survey methods with Indigenous Rangers, Elders and youth

Bridget Campbell, Macquarie University, Yirralka Rangers
Fire response strategies: groupings to estimate risk to species from fire

Renee Woodward, Department of Planning and Environment - Science, Economics and Insights
Heatwaves and drought - How will Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi help conserve our native communities?

Shae Jones, University of Wollongong
Untangling the impact of plant invasion in combination with different types of herbivores on plant diversity in grassy woodlands

Corinne Schlierenzauer, QUT
The effect of different camera setups on species detectability. Towards optimising camera-trap surveys

Dr Doug Mills, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Gadji Gadji Garden - Regrowing Traditional Language and Knowledge for plants and animals

Nat Raisbeck-Brown, CSIRO
Immediate and long-term responses of native mammals to prescribed fire and invasive predation in fox-baited landscapes

Vishnu Ramachandran Menon, University of Melbourne
Could biofertilisers accelerate restoration of degraded soils?

Dr Ellen Fry, Edge Hill University
Using spatially explicit models to extract ecological insights for feral buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) management in the Northern Territory

Dr Kyana Pike, CSIRO
Using waterbirds to monitor coastal catchment health

Claire Willard, James Cook University
Aboriginal Medicinal Plants: Showcasing Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge Through Plants

Gerald Turpin, James Cook University
Integrating multiple data sources to inform fire management planning in Victoria

Dr Cindy Hauser, Arthur Rylah Institute
Assembling the dream team: Host filtering, not competitive exclusion, drives the assembly of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi under high phosphorus

Dr Adam Frew, Western Sydney University
People, Biodiversity and Urban Reptiles under pressure from Cane Toads

Graeme Sawyer, Biodiversitywatch
Winner winner chicken dinner: testing the effectiveness of different lures for detecting spotted-tailed quolls

Nicole Lynch, University of Sydney
Impacts of Seventh-day Adventism on Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Raggiana Bird of Paradise along the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

Challis Pulotu, Pacific Adventist University
Long-term monitoring to inform fire management and improve biodiversity conservation

Dr Jane Williamson, Department of Planning and Environment
Ecotypic variation in the dual mycorrhizal associations of Melaleuca alternifolia

Luke Florence, La Trobe
What's scat got to do with it? A snap-shop study into the predictive capabilities of scat in detecting Broad-toothed Rat presence

Sally Fuik-Burgemeestre, Deakin University
Using fish earbones to determine birth origin, and guide management decisions related to both stocking programs and other restoration actions

Annique Harris, Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research
The Mayh Recovery Program – two-way ecological monitoring in the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area

Warddeken Rangers, Warddeken Land Management
The Importance of Thermal Refugia for ectotherms under a Changing Climate: Fire-induced Impacts on reptile microhabitats in arid Mallee woodland

Max Tibby, The University of New England
Making sense of soil health: is microbial trait-based ecology a way forward?

Berenice Della Porta, La Trobe University
Evasive invasives? Temporary neophobia of feral cats (Felis catus) towards Felixers

Ned Ryan-Schofield, University of Adelaide
Searching for the Top End’s most at risk reptile - the Arnhem Land gorges skink (Bellatorias obiri)

Dr Emily Hoffmann, Territory Natural Resource Management; UWA
Doing science the right way: Reflecting on obstacles in our systems to doing right-way science

Stephen Brown, Budjiti Aboriginal Corporation
Measuring ecosystems for bushfire management: the current state and the next five years of fire ecology for better bushfire management

Dr Simon Watson, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Go belowground – microbial community in the rhizosphere as driver of plant-plant interactions

Wing Man Siu, School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne
High altitude, groundwater-dependent wetlands are changing through time: insights from a 40 yr study

Zac Walker, University of Melbourne
Evaluation of a multi-method approach for systematically surveying koalas across NSW

Dr Graeme Gillespie, NSW Department of Environment and Planning

The use of artificial refuges by small vertebrates after prescribed fire

Darcy Watchorn, Deakin University
Non-target impacts of lethal control of an invasive mesopredator in a semi-arid mallee environment

Rachel Mason, Deakin University
ForestGEO in Australia: The Starvation Creek Forest Dynamics Plot

Dr Patrick Baker, University of Melbourne
Toward a new tolerable fire interval system for NSW

Dr James Barker, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

When the cat's away, the potoroos will play...

Dr David Hamilton, Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Collateral damage: epiphytic orchids at risk from myrtle rust

Dr Heidi Zimmer, Centre For Australian National Biodiversity Research
1300-1400Workshop: ALLY Training (Monday session)

Facilitated by Leanda Mason

Room: Waterfront Room 3
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
Building Cross-cultural Futures Through Healing Country
SYMPOSIUM: Transforming fire risk management to improve biodiversity conservation under climate change (2)OPEN FORUM: Conservation BiologyOPEN FORUM: Animal behaviour / animal physiologyOPEN FORUM: Ecological monitoring methods 2
ChairStephen van LeeuwenVictoria ReynoldsJohn WoinarskiGeorgia Ward-FearGraeme Gillespie
The Wuyagiba Bush Uni: Local Solution for on-Country two-way Higher Education

Dr Emilie Ens, Macquarie University
Moving to a risk-based approach: using Bayesian network modelling to create a Fire Risk Estimator for threatened species fire management

Dr Victoria Reynolds, Department of Planning and Environment
Delivering incremental benefits for Moreton Bay's migratory shorebirds.

Liz Gould, Healthy Land & Water
Fear, flight, and fitness: The adaptive significance of escape response in Hooded Plovers, Thinornis cucullatus cucullatas

April Timmis, Deakin University
Habitat and detectability of the endangered Condamine earless dragon

Laura Harms, The University of Queensland
Indigenous led Data Governance and Djandak Dja Kundjtia (Country Healing its Home)

Caitlin Dunolly-Lee, Dr Nathan Wong, Djandak
Predicting risks to conservation activities by simulating spatial patterns of fire risk with climate change and management

Dr Erica Marshall, The University of Melbourne
How does habitat fragmentation influence pollinators and pollination dynamics of native wildflowers?

Manuel Sevenello, University of Melbourne
Diving into new waters: quantifying the dive behaviour of short-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostris) foraging in southeast Tasmania

Olivia Dove, Institute For Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Thermal cameras versus spotlighting: New opportunities for monitoring threatened small endotherms

Finella Dawlings, Monash University
Kimberley cross-cultural partnerships to strengthen ecological health and resilience

Tom Andrews, Leroy Andrews, Yawuru Rangers, Arnold Sahanna, Nyaliga Rangers, Dr Leigh-Ann Woolley, WWF-Australia
The influence of fire and habitat on mammal distribution and activity in Victoria’s mallee region

Ange Pestell, Deakin University
Things that go munch in the night: the investigation and emergency management of a novel threat to endangered orchids

Erika Roper,NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Using telomeres to investigate physiological stress in free-ranging vertebrates in response to anthropogenically influenced landscapes

Natarsha Babic, Monash University
Spying on phascogales - a how to guide

Tessa Manning, University of Adelaide
First Nations peoples and NRM research and implementation on private lands

Dr Wesley Ward, Gulbali Research Institute, Charles Sturt University
Comparing How Burn Severity Affects Key Habitat Values in Western Australian Forests using the OzCBI

Dr Valerie Densmore, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions
Evaluating the recovery potential of threatened ecosystems

Javiera Olivares-Rojas, Monash University
Daily rhythmic behaviour of water buffalo and its effect on their spatial distribution

Scott Forrest, Queensland University of Technology
Recording phenological observations in Eucalyptus species: an approach to capturing intrinsically complex and entangled data

Claudia Helena Giraldo Escobar, University of Melbourne
Rrambaŋi djäma (working together): a co-designed camera trap network for Yolŋu priority and threatened warrakan (animals) in the Laynhapuy IPA

Yirralka Rangers and Dr Shaina Russell, Macquarie University
Biodegradable artificial refuges as a disaster response for wildlife and restoration opportunity

Dr Alexandra Carthey, Macquarie Univeristy
Towards mapping critical habitat for threatened species

Dr Michelle Ward, WWF Australia
Increasing hypoxia progressively slows early embryonic development in an oviparous reptile

David Adams, Monash University
Global review of indicators used in terrestrial ecosystem risk assessments

Clare Vernon, Deakin University
Forecasting future fire impacts through demographic modelling

Lily Wheeler, The University of Melbourne
Biomarkers reveal the physiological impacts of long-term environmental challenges on a large ectotherm

Kaitlin Barham, The University of Queensland
Challenges in measuring progress in the recovery of threatened ecological communities
Dr Megan Good, University of Melbourne
Individual movements and seascape connectivity of threatened sea snake populations
Shannon Coppersmith, University of Adelaide
Peter Fairweather Award Winner
Rest for the weary: Baleen whale gene expression and blubber cortisol concentrations reveal reduced physiological stress during COVID-19 restrictions

Jacob Linsky, The University of Queensland
Collecting good spatial ecological data in the field using customised smartphone apps

Dr Claire Moore, Flinders University
Intraspecific geographic variation in metabolic rates of a temperate amphibian

Sebastian Chekunov, University of Adelaide
Detecting early warning signs of decline in currently common species for prompt conservation action

Dr Holly Sitters, Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Is there a need for horizon scan for new, emerging weeds in Queensland?

Dr Olusegun (Segun) Osunkoya, Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

1530-1600Afternoon tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: A yarn about Walking TogetherSYMPOSIUM: Transforming fire risk management to improve biodiversity conservation under climate change 3OPEN FORUM: Conservation policy and decision-making 1OPEN FORUM: Species interactionsOPEN FORUM: Evolutionary biology
ChairKatharina-Victoria Perez-HammerleAndrew DenhamMartine MaronKirsti AbbottSam Banks
Reconnecting fire culture of Aboriginal communities with contemporary wildfire risk management

Amos Atkinson, RMIT, Dr Nathan Wong, Djandak
Tropical savanna vegetation trends after a decade of changing climate and regional adaptive management

Dr Ian Radford, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
Art as Environmental Policy Strategy

Dr Tony Meppem, Mud Render Institute
Predicting conservation risks without simplifying complex food-web dynamics

Sarah Vollert, Queensland University of Technology
Lifespan and investment strategies in ants: a field and lab study

Hannah Riskas, La Trobe University
Walking together: women returning food plants and healing Country

Nina Roberts, La Trobe University, Marilyne Nicholls, Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises
Buffel Grass and its place in the changing climate of Arid Australia

Michelle Franklin, Weed Management Branch
Modelling for ecological resilience decision making in bushfire management planning: A Victorian perspective

Irena Cassettari, DEECA
From threatened to threatening: Impacts of a reintroduced predator on reintroduced prey

Ben Stepkovitch, Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW
“Turtuni sits in Murrukupuni”: Using local governance stories to guide decision-making for Murrukupuni (Country), Tiwi Islands, Australia

Dr Alana Brekelmans, Deakin University, Mavis Kerinaiua, Tiwi Resources
Fire severity affects mistletoe abundance in Warrumbungle National Park

Cameron Kirk, University of Wollongong / Local Land Services
Sneaky Snakes: Using species distribution models in the conservation planning of the endangered floodplain snake - Ngabi (Hemiaspis damelii)

Talia Schlen
The critical role of birds as pollinators of Banksia menziesii

Dr Siegfried Krauss, Kings Park Science, DBCA
Complex selection processes on invasive crayfish phenotype at the leading-edge of the Zambezi floodplains ecoregion

Professor Ryan Wasserman, Rhodes University
Assets of Intergenerational Significance provides for a practical mechanism to ensure environmental values are protected from bushfires

Jessica Birrell , NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
A new method to visualise landscape level ecological connectivity for urban planning

Dr Holly Kirk, RMIT University
Carnivorous plants and thieving bugs: the relationship is not exclusive

Zoe Bloesch, UNSW
How can we use novel techniques to understand the success of invasive predators in Australian Ecosystems

Joshua Gaschk, University of The Sunshine Coast
Australian Megafire Synthesis II

Professor Don A. Driscoll, Deakin University
Understanding the policy-related reasons for contemporary deforestation in northern Australia

Hannah Thomas, University of Queensland
Wombat burrows are hotspots for small vertebrates in a landscape subject to gigafire

Grant Linley, CSU
Omnivore to predator, a dietary shift in an Australian gliding marsupial

Meagan Powley, University of Wollongong
Planning R&D for conservation: an adaptive management problem

Luz Pascal, QUT / CSIRO
Leveraging light to understand forest function

Dr Laura Williams, Hawkesbury Institute For The Environment, Western Sydney University
Impacts on ecosystems by invasive ungulates: a global systematic review and meta-analysis

Professor Euan G Ritchie, Deakin University
1730-1800Queer Mixer
Networking event - cash bar available
Room: Waterfront Room 1
1900DOCUMENTARY AND PANEL DISCUSSION with the Film Director Cathryn Vasseleu, Head of the University of Melbourne TIGRR Lab Prof. Andy Pask, Deakin University Wildlife & Conservation Ecologist Prof. Euan Ritchie and Traditional Owners of Arnhem Rock Art. Facilitated by ABC Darwin.

DECK CHAIR CINEMA - Tiger on the Rocks

In partnership with MAGNT, we invite you to view this documentary and stay for an insightful discussion integrating thylacine science and culture.

TIGER ON THE ROCKS takes audiences on a journey around Australia, posing questions about the Thylacine’s 25 million year old past, when it lived across the continent and showing how Australia’s largest surviving marsupial predator co-existed with Australia’s First People for many thousands of years

Optional: book directly with Deck Chair via their website. You can purchase Nepalese fusion food and drinks at the venue.
Tuesday 4 July 2023
0630-0815Bird Watching: East Point Mangrove boardwalk
Tickets can be purchased via the conference registration site ($15 per person).

Depart Darwin Convention Centre at 0630 or meet at the Mangrove Boardwalk carpark at the northern end of Lake Alexander at 0645.
RoomAuditorium 2
ChairSamantha Lloyd
0900-0930Keynote Presentation:

Biodiversity on the balance sheet - guiding decision making and scaling up of nature finance to fund global restoration targets

Dr Rachael Marshall, Accounting for Nature
0930-1000Keynote Presentation: ESA Ecological Impact Award Presentation

Fitness consequences of weakened anti-predator responses: experimental release of havened and non-havened woylies (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) to inform conservation management

Natasha Harrison, University of Western Australia and Peter Lacey, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions, Wheatbelt Region
1000-1030Morning tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: Practitioner Engagement: Collaborative Research Informing Ecological ManagementSYMPOSIUM: Business and Biodiversity 1SYMPOSIUM: Thinking about human-non-human relationships - what does this mean and why does it matter for ecology? 1OPEN FORUM: Climate change and extreme eventsSYMPOSIUM: Ecosystem Services: concepts, valuation, and applications
ChairSacha JellinekSarah LuxtonEuan RitchieSusanna VennKamaljit Sangha
Cross-cultural conservation: combining balanda science and Bininj knowledge to protect a threatened Stone Country endemic species

Dr Kelly Dixon
, Territory Natural Resource Management
Setting the scene: what is the nature-positive economy?

Dr Sarah Luxton, CSIRO Environment
Diverse ways of connecting, diverse ways of knowing the more-than-human

Dr Rachel Morgain, University of Melbourne
No drought about it: Disturbance impacts body condition

Kristina Macdonald, Deakin University
An overview of the symposium and introduction to the common ecosystem services concepts and approaches

Dr Kamaljit Sangha, Associate Professor
The first field trial of a novel, biodegradable artificial refuge to assist post-fire mammal recovery

Angela Rana, University of Sydney
A nature-positive world is more than the sum of its parts

Dr Simon Ferrier, SIRO Environment
Ecology via onto-epistemology

Katharina-Victoria Perez-Hammerle
Microclimatic effects on high country pollinators

Joshua Coates, Australian National University
People’s preference of land uses for ecosystem services and well-being in Bangladesh

Dr Ronju Ahammad, Charles Darwin University
Bridging the gap: using people power to provide temporary habitat connectivity in storm damaged forests

Dr Jo Isaac, Ecology and Restoration Australia P/L
Nature Positive must not distract from the Mitigation Hierarchy

Professor Martine Maron, The University of Queensland
"Divisible Governance: or how environmental regulation is failing us"

Dr Kirsty Howey, Environment Centre
Biodiversity trends in South East Queensland – the cooling of a biodiversity hotspot in a heating climate

Liz Gould, Healthy Land & Water
Harnessing wild and managed stingless bees as pollinators of crops in the Northern Territory: mango as a case study

Dr James Makinson, Hawkesbury Institute For The Environment, Western Sydney University
Revegetated areas lack structural diversity compared to remnant areas: lessons for restoration practice

Dr Sacha Jellinek, University of Melbourne
What is a ‘financial ESG professional’ and how are they responsible for averting biodiversity loss? A trek through corporate lingo, organizational management, and risk appetite

Natasha Cadenhead
Creative interventions for cultivating good relations with soil worlds

Professor Mindy Blaise, Centre For People, Place, & Planet, Edith Cowan University
Flood impacts on Victorian Native Fish populations

Ruby Stoios, Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Environmental Values: underpinning moral philosophies, theories, and concepts

Elizabeth Damoah, University of South Australia
Diet breadth of a critically endangered owl presents challenges for management

Victoria Sperring, Monash University
Measuring and reporting on corporate nature-related impacts, dependencies, and risks for a nature-positive economy

Dr Greg Smith, CSIRO
Modelling Long-Term Effects of Climate Change on Coral Reefs

Kaitlyn Brown, Queensland University of Technology
Describing a typology of values for nature positive outcomes using IPBES framing

Dr Kim Zoeller, CSIRO
Restore and Renew: Provenancing for restoration based on genetics and climate

Karina Guo, RECER / Botanic Gardens of Sydney
Needs and opportunities for biodiversity markets: perspectives on the way forward

Dr Anthelia Bond, CSIRO
Facilitated discussion: cultivating connection in ecology and beyond

Dr Rachel Morgain, University of Melbourne
Quantifying responses to forest thinning

Dr Katinka Ruthrof, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Linking ecosystem health to ecosystem services: a systematic review at the biome level

Michael Traurig, Deakin University
Fish use of Tasmanian coastal saltmarsh following invasive Spartina anglica removal

Violet Harrison-Day, School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania
Cart before the horse: What are the enabling legislative conditions necessary for effective biodiversity markets?

Allana Brown, Environment Centre
Animal population decline and recovery after severe fire: Relating ecological and life history traits with expert estimates of population impacts from the Australian 2019-20 megafires

Miki Ensbey, University of Melbourne and Charles Darwin University
Managing Koalas during plantation harvest

Stacey Harwood, Deakin University
Agribusiness; a key partner in increasing biodiversity above and below ground

Dr Samantha Grover, RMIT University
Low recruitment success limits the upward range shift of Snowgum at alpine treeline despite a warming climate and fire disturbance

Dr Susanna Venn, Deakin University

Greater gliders out on a limb: using movement to inform conservation

Viviana Miritis, The University of Sydney
RoomAuditorium 2
ChairPerpetua Turner
1330-1400ESA AERA Award Presentation:

Transects, trade-offs, teamwork, and tenacity: Survival guide for infusing ecology into policy and management in Queensland

Dr Teresa Eyre
1400-1430ESA 2022 Gold Medal Winner Presentation
Professor David Keith
1430-1500ESA Gold Medal 2023 Winner Presentation
Professor Dieter Hochuli
1500-1530Afternoon tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: Open interoperability frameworks and data management for monitoring biodiversity and the environment to help meet global societal challengesSYMPOSIUM: Business and Biodiversity 2SYMPOSIUM: Thinking about human-non-human relationships - what does this mean and why does it matter for ecology? 2OPEN FORUM: Fire ecologyEarly Career Ecologist Pathways Forum
ChairSiddeswara GuruSarah LuxtonRachel MorgainDieter HochuliSam Lloyd and Caragh Threlfall
The state of threatened reptile and amphibian monitoring in Australia

Tayla Lawrie, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, The University of Queensland
Lessons from Australia's carbon market

Dr Don Butler, Australian National University
Indigenous Engagement to Support Resilience: A Case Study From Kamilaroi Country (NSW, Australia)

Associate Professor Bradley Moggridge, University of Canberra
Fire ecology traits of Australian plants: Creating a database to summarise scientific knowledge about plant response to fire events

Dr José Rafael Ferrer-Paris, University of New South Wales
Early Career Ecologist Pathways Forum

Facilitated by D Sam Lloyd and Dr Caragh Threlfall

Prof John Morgan, La Trobe University
Dr Pep Turner, President, Ecological Society of Australia
Dr Sam Lloyd, Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Healthy Land and Water
Lincoln Kern, Practical Ecology
Dr Heather Neilly, Australian Landscape Trust
Dr Kirsti Abbott, MAGNT
Dr Anna Richards, CSIRO
Dr Cara Penton, Ecological Monitoring Manager, Warddeken Land Management
Stephina Salee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Coordinator, Bush Heritage Australia
A/Prof Hedley Grantham, Chief Scientist, Bush Heritage Australia
How to make a sharable code workflow for reproducible and efficient science: Learnings from {galah} and ALA Labs

Dr Dax Kellie, Atlas of Living Australia
Boom or bust: Australia’s Restoration Economy

Professor Owen Nevin, Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute
Managing urban flying-fox roosts amid ongoing challenges

Matthew Mo, NSW Department of Planning and Environment
How does fire management shape vegetation structure along an environmental gradient?

Rachel McIntosh, La Trobe University
Strategic regional spatial planning for sustainable development of utility-scale solar and wind energy in the Northern Territory

Billee McGinley, Charles Darwin University
Making nature count: biodiversity assessment for the nature repair market

Dayani Gunawardana, Department of Climate Change, Energy, The Environment and Water
Larrakia-led biodiversity values of Darwin

Dr Adam Liedloff, CSIRO
Resilience of small mammals and reptiles to prescribed burning in a desert ecosystem

Dr Tim Doherty
, The University of Sydney
EcoAssets: streamlining access to data from Australian environmental research infrastructures

Dr Shandiya Balasubramaniam, CSIRO
Facilitated Discussion: Business and Biodiversity

Dr Sarah Luxton, CSIRO Environment
Nature Based Resilience - putting nature at the centre of disaster management

Amanda Lamont, Nature Based Resilience
Stop, drop and get down that hole: Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies surviving megafires

Lauren Hook, Department of Planning and Environment, Biodiversity and Conservation
Enabling environmental data and services for researchers and decision makers: the Planet Research Data Commons

Kerry Levett, Australian Research Data Commons
Recreational impacts on Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland: Awareness raising campaign & an assessment of the public’s perception and attitudes

Chelsea Kluske, Healthy Land & Water
Bat species responses to short interval high severity fires

Sandra Penman, The University of Melbourne
Disentangling the metacommunity processes using species occurrence observations

Dr Taku Kadoya, National Institute For Environmental Studies
Comics as a tool for ecological storytelling

Dr Caitlyn Forster, The University of Sydney
Post-fire recovery of Mountain Galaxias (Galaxias olidus) in Namadgi National Park, ACT

Chris Malam, ACT Government
Developing standards to represent and exchange site-based survey data

Dr Siddeswara Guru, University of Queensland
Facilitated discussion: opening pathways for a more-than-human ecology

Dr Rachel Morgain, University of Melbourne
Where there's smoke, there's... bats? Reduced activity of Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bats (Rhinonicteris aurantia) following fire in an arid-zone landscape

Heather North, GHD
1730-1900ESA 2023: Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session
Wednesday 5 July 2023
0630-0815Birdwatching - George Brown Botanic Gardens
Tickets can be purchased via the conference registration site ($15 per person).

Depart Darwin Convention Centre at 0630 or meet at the the Geranium Street carpark (accessed from Stuart Highway) at 0645.
RoomAuditorium 2
ChairKirsti Abbott
0900-0930Keynote Presentation:
Incentivising sustainable fire management in fire-prone savanna landscapes

Professor Jeremy Russell Smith, Charles Darwin University
0930-1000Keynote Presentation:
The Australian Ecosystem Models Framework: Harnessing expert knowledge to evaluate landscape change

Anna Richards, CSIRO
1000-1030Morning tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: Fire, biodiversity and ecological function in tropical savannas – insights from field experiments 1OPEN FORUMSYMPOSIUM: Detecting and attributing change in Australian vegetation 1OPEN FORUM: eDNA and genomicsOPEN FOURM: Ecological management and restoration 1
Chair Alan AndersenTeigan CremorneRachael GallagherPaul NevillPatricia Werner
The importance of fire in tropical savannas

Emeritus Professor William Bond, University of Cape Town
Native wildflower meadows: a new opportunity to reinstate grassy ecosystems on hostile urban sites

Katherine Horsfall, University of Melbourne
Generating and testing hypotheses for change in Australian vegetation

Professor Belinda Medlyn,Western Sydney University
Taking to the hills: advances in terrestrial eDNA monitoring

Dr Erin Hahn, CSIRO
Population genomic diversity and structure in the golden bandicoot: a history of isolation, extirpation, and conservation

Kate Rick, The University of Western Australia
Burning for biodiversity in tropical savannas: a long-term field experiment

Professor Alan Andersen, Charles Darwin University
Bridging the gaps: citizen science is the next frontier for biodiversity research

Louis Backstrom, University of Queensland
Spatio-temporal variability in vegetation facets in southeast Australia highlights the need for refined ecosystem management goals under changing climates

Dr Matthew Adeleye, University of Cambridge
Using molecular data to resolve species boundaries in lyrebirds

Yasara de Mel, QUT
Wattle we do about all these weeds? Determining how interactions of co-occurring woody weeds affect restoration plantings

Diana Borse, University of Auckland
Long-term fire regime effects on fine fuel loads and grass species composition in a northern Australian savanna

Merinda Day-Smith, La Trobe University
The Seedling Image Library ID tool; starting with threatened wet sclerophyll forest

Ruby Paroissien, University of New South Wales
Written in wood – insights into vegetation change from dendrochronology

Professor Pauline Grierson, The University of Western Australia
The use of genetics tools in conservation management applications—a systematic review

Dr Maggie Watson, Charles Sturt University
Helping the Animal Housing Crisis

Courtney Morris, University of Adelaide
The tropical savanna fuel load ‘time bomb’ – does it exist?

Dr John Morgan, La Trobe University
The influence of disturbance and liana proliferation on invertebrate indicators of rainforest function

Charlotte Raven, University of The Sunshine Coast
Historical forestry data offers novel insights into forest responses to climate and fire

Dr Patrick Baker, University of Melbourne
Comparing the diets of co-occurring species to assess potential competition using DNA metabarcoding

Aurelie Kanishka, Australian National University
Surviving in a Changing Landscape: The Effects of Environmental Stress on Eastern Grey Kangaroos

Nora Campbell, UNSW
Effects of fire regime on Northern Australian tropical savanna soils: exploring microbial communities and their critical role in carbon cycling

Marissa Blunden, La Trobe University
Large-scale patterns in Delayed Greening

Giancarlo Chiarenza, UNSW Sydney
Diverging paths of ecosystem greening in Australian terrestrial ecosystems

Dr Sami Rifai, University of Adelaide
Monitoring the birds and the bees: Environmental DNAmetabarcoding of flowers detects plant-animalinteractions

Dr Paul Nevill, Curtin University
Living in human-modified landscapes narrows the dietary niche of a specialised mammalian scavenger, the Tasmanian devil

Anna Lewis, University of New South Wales
Fire regime impacts grass diversity and function in tropical savannas

Dr Anna Richards, CSIRO
Is there a lizard down that spider burrow? Microhabitat preferences of the endangered pygmy bluetongue (Tiliqua adelaidensis)

Kimberley Michael, Flinders University
Attribution of change in riverine leaf area index (LAI) in dryland ecosystems

Jake Eckersley, University of Western Australia
Microbial indicators of soil health: temperate to arid Australia

Dr Erinne Stirling, CSIRO
Navigating the mining maze: how northern quolls interact with an altered landscape

Mitchell Cowan, Charles Sturt University
Facilitated Discussion: Fire, biodiversity and ecological function in tropical savannas – insights from field experiments

Professor Alan Andersen, Charles Darwin University
Modelling environmental responses from the little life in the leaf-litter

Tessa Smith, University of Tasmani
Satellite-observed shifts in C3/C4 abundance in Australian grasslands are associated with rainfall patterns

Dr Qiaoyun Xie, University of Western Australia
Genomics approaches for environmental management: The current state of play

Allyson Malpartida, Charles Darwin University
Land use effects and seasonal changes in bird community assembly across a low-intensity tropical agricultural landscape

Biang Syiem, Deakin University
Whale baleen reveals link between feeding patterns and climate cycles for humpback and southern right whales

Adelaide Dedden, University of New South Wales
DTC, STS and GEDI-simulations, next generation ecological datasets?

Professor Simon Jones, RMIT
eDNA and Pollinator Invertebrate Communities: An EPIC survey method comparison study

Allison Menzies, La Trobe University
Undermining anuran community dynamics: longwall mining exerts community-scale impacts on frog assemblages

Samantha Wallace, The University of Newcastle
The interactive effect of extreme precipitation, nutrient addition, and grazing on grassland productivity and diversity

Elise Verhoeven, The University of Sydney
Up, down, and around: where will alpine species go with climate change?

Iris Hickman, La Trobe University
A review on the Environmental DNA field sampling techniques for terrestrial and semi-aquatic macrofauna

Kendrika Gaur, Deakin University
Are lianas preventing rainforest recovery in the Wet Tropics?

Emma Mackintosh, University of The Sunshine Coast
Disentangling the direct and indirect effects of fire and livestock grazing on small mammals and reptiles

Miranda Rew-Duffy, The University of Queensland
Coexistence conservation- can warabin (bush stone curlew) survive beyond the fence?

Shoshana Rapley, Australian National University
RoomAuditorium 2
ChairAndy Bennett
1330-1345ESA President's address
1345-1400Jill Landsberg Applied Ecology Scholarship 2022 Presentation - Danielle Wallace
1400-1405Jill Landsberg Applied Ecology Scholarship 2023 Winner - Sara Cavalcanti Marques
1405-1420ESA 2023 Applied Forest Ecology Scholarship presentation - Oscar Jones
1420-1435ESA 2022 Fundamental Ecology Award Presentation - Oliver Aylen
ESA Next Generation Award Presentation

Dr Adam Frew, Western Sydney University
1500-1530Afternoon tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: Fire, biodiversity and ecological function in tropical savannas – insights from field experiments 2SYMPOSIUM: Enhancing drone-based capabilities for improving conservation, management, monitoring and FAIR dataSYMPOSIUM: Detecting and attributing change in Australian vegetation 2OPEN FORUM: Functional traits and DiseaseOPEN FORUM: Urban ecology and seed biology
ChairJohn MorganTim BrownLaura WilliamsMark WestobySandra Penman
Fire and space: Fire driven spatial patterns of trees in Australian tropical savannas

Dr Hari Paramjyothi, Supervising Scientist Branch, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Edge effects, tammar wallabies and kangaroos: Precise distribution modelling from airborne thermal technology

Dr Mark Lethbridge, Ecoknowledge
Ecological consequences of the loss of traditional Aboriginal fire management on the Arnhem Plateau using multiple lines of evidence

Professor David Bowman, University of Tasmania
Quantifying plant functional traits and life strategies of Australian annual species to inform green roof plant selection

Zahra Saraeian, University of Melbourne
Investigating the effect of artificial lighting on insectivorous bats in Brisbane

Rani Davis, The University of Queensland
Termites, tree hollows and long-term fire regimes in Top End savannas

Ellen Rochelmeyer, Charles Darwin University
Drones; Opportunities and Barriers to their use in Conservation and Environmental Management

Sophie Walker, James Cook University
Attributing forest change – ecology, remote sensing, and geophysics

Dr Gavan McGrath, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
Linking functional traits to lifetime demographic performance in a diverse annual plant community

Alexandra Catling, The University of Queensland
The insectivorous microbats of Adelaide, South Australia

Harry Rust, Faunatech
Internal stem damage in tropical Australian savanna trees significantly reduces biomass

Abbey Yatsko, University of Miami
Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable: National Research Infrastructure can enable rapid development of solutions for ecology, carbon drawdown and biodiversity preservation

Dr Timothy Brown, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, ANU Node
Combining disparate data and multiple forms of knowledge to monitor ecosystems

Alys Young, Deakin University
Towards a unified theory in Microbial Community Ecology

Dr Jen Wood, La Trobe University
Exploring Spontaneous and Precarious Urban Ecosystems

Professor Dieter Hochuli
, The University of Sydney
The effects of fire on ants in an Australian tropical savanna vary according to the vertical stratum they live in

François Brassard, Charles Darwin University
Remote orange hawkweed flower detection using deep learning methods: challenges and lessons learned

Dr Remy Dehaan, Charles Sturt University
Effect of drought on ecosystem gross primary productivity under different climate gradients across Australia

Huanhuan Wang, University of Technology Sydney
Form versus function trade-offs in leaf venation networks

Ilaine Silveira Matos, University of California at Berkeley
Investigating the complex germination requirements and seed dormancy of the nationally threatened Kakadu Hibiscus

Amelia Stevens, National Seed Bank, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Lizard responses to experimental fire regimes in an Australian tropical savanna

Angga Rachmansah, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University
Drone thermal imaging and machine learning for kangaroo population monitoring

Dr Lachlan Howell, Deakin University
Investigating opposing gradients in competition and stress along the NATT: impacts on savanna productivity

Prashant Paudel, Western Sydney University
Phylogenetically conservative trait correlation: quantification and interpretation

Professor Emeritus Mark Westoby, Macquarie University
Happy as a frog in pondwater: Habitat characteristics that promote diversity of threatened frog species in urban Australia

Britt Mitchell, UNSW Sydney
Hop, hop, and away: behavioural responses of magnificent tree frogs (Litoria splendida) to the olfactory and auditory cues of fire

Levi Brown, Macquarie University
DISCUSSION: Enhancing drone-based capabilities for improving conservation, management, monitoring and FAIR data

Dr Timothy Brown, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, ANU Node
An introduction to Fowlers Gap and long term monitoring plans

Dr Hedley Grantham, UNSW
Homing pythons? Do relocated carpet pythons return to residential capture sites?

Jessica Sabatino, University of New England
45 years of the Solar Village Project, a community science experiment of fire exclusion, reforestation and biodiversity stewardship

Liam Golding, Solar Village
Linking remotely-sensed 3D-structural vegetation data to Forest and Biodiversity frameworks: using Ozius Biome to support nature-based solutions at scale

Alisa Starkey, Ozius
Eco-epidemiology of Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild parrots of southern Australia

Professor Andy Bennett, University of Melbourne
Seed banking is more applicable to the preservation of tropical montane flora than previously assumed: a cloud forest case study

Dr Gemma Hoyle, National Seed Bank, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Facilitated Discussion: Fire, biodiversity and ecological function in tropical savannas – insights from field experiments

Dr John Morgan, La Trobe University
A new approach to monitor changes in carbon stocks following restoration of woodlands and shrublands across Australia’s rangelands

Dr Jacqueline England, CSIRO
Fleas, trypanosomes and sympatric Australian mammals: exploring the role of ectoparasite assemblages in Australian disease ecology

Chloe McAuley, Charles Sturt University
Species’ probability of occurrence does not reflect environmental signals associated with seed germination in a Mediterranean woodland in Western Australia

Isis Arend Da Silva, The University of Queensland
What tools are available to build ecosystem-level state and transition models in Australia?

Dr James Furlaud
A dynamic geospatial model of habitat suitability for Japanese encephalitis virus in Australia

Professor Nick Golding, Telethon Kids Institute and Curtin University
Serotinous species display varying germination strategies and responses to recurrent fire

Ella Plumanns Pouton, University of Melbourne

Avoidance of environmental chytrid by green and golden bell frogs

Madeleine Holmes, Macquarie University
Cracking the code: ​​Seed chemistry in physically dormant seeds

Sarah McInnes, The University of New South Wales
1800CONFERENCE DINNER, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (Gardens), 19 Conacher Street, Darwin

Tickets can be purchased via the conference registration site. Coaches depart Darwin Convention Centre at 5:30pm

Join us for the Conference Dinner. A relaxed opportunity to network or just meet up with old and new friends over a meal and drinks. After dinner a cash bar will be available.
Thursday 6 July 2023
0630-0815Birdwatching - Darwin International Airport (Gurambai Trail)
Tickets can be purchased via the conference registration site ($15 per person).

Depart Darwin Convention Centre at 0630 or meet at the carpark along Sir Norman Brearley Drive at 0645.
RoomAuditorium 2
ChairNigel Andrew
0900-0930NZ Te Tohu Taiao Award Presentation:
Building transdisciplinary across the biological invasion continuum: a role for One Biosecurity

Professor Philip Hulme, Lincoln University
0930-1000Keynote Presentation:
Ecology of arid Australia: some answers, many questions

Dr Steve Morton, Charles Darwin University
1000-1030Morning tea
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2
SYMPOSIUM: Fire, biodiversity and ecological function in tropical savannas – insights from field experiments 3SYMPOSIUM: Putting the floristics back into vegetationOPEN FORUM: Conservation policy and decision-making 2OPEN FORUM: Ecological management and restoration 2OPEN FORUM
ChairAnna RichardsDonna LewisSimon FerrierPat TaggartAllyson Malpartida
Native mammal populations on the Tiwi Islands: what have we learnt so far?

Dr Hugh Davies, Charles Darwin University
An Australian Alien Flora Standardised System (AAFSS) to facilitate management and decision making on biological invasions and biosecurity

Dr Irene Martin-Fores, Tern / The University of Adelaide
Protected, cleared, or at risk: the fate of plant species ranges in the Australian environment

Associate Professor Rachael Gallagher, Hawkesbury Institute For The Environment, Western Sydney University
LiDAR reveals old growth conservation is sensitive to rule-based definition and spatial patterns in old growth trees

Dr Raphael Trouve, The University of Melbourne
Prediction and Protection of Re-emerging GAB Springs

Roxane Blackley, Desert Channels Queensland
Using terrestrial laser scanning to quantify fire-induced changes to woodland structure and its impact on tropical savanna biodiversity

Dr Alyson Stobo-Wilson, CSIRO
Putting ecology back into vegetation classification and mapping

Professor David Keith, Centre For Ecosystem Science, University of NSW
Leadership for Good: Universities' Role in Biodiversity Management

Dr Eliza Middleton, The University of Sydney
‘Branching’ with woody debris as a multipurpose restoration tool; improving soil and vegetation and creating habitat for fauna

Dr Heather Neilly, Calperum Station - Australian Landscape Trust
Intersectional identities and barriers in ecological practices

Dr Leanda Mason, Curtin University
Understanding spatial population dynamics and small mammal population persistence in fire-prone landscapes on the Tiwi Islands

Professor Sam Banks
National Vegetation Information System: a nationally consistent framework and future delivery of national vegetation data

Wes Davidson, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Accounting for Australia’s terrestrial threatened species – estimating recent change in habitat provision

Dr Kate Giljohann, CSIRO
Climbing plant ecology, exploration of a problem they pose, and proposal of a cost-effective and climate-change mitigating solution

Professor Francis Putz, University of The Sunshine Coast
Great knot gut microbes greatly differ among individuals and after long-distance migration

Dr Chava Weitzman, Charles Darwin University
The art of the possible: integrated vegetation classification and mapping for NSW

Daniel Connolly, NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Beyond the headline: roles of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems across the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

Professor Emily Nicholson, The University of Melbourne
The community composition of woodland birds in agricultural landscapes in south-east Australia: trends and responses to restoration over 20-years

Dr Caroline Wilson, Birdlife Australia
Identifying the mechanistic underpinnings of heat adaptation in Themeda triandra

Dr Vinod Jacob, Western Sydney University
The use of spatial metrics in fire ecology

Alex Carey, Charles Darwin University
The Territory’s regional ecosystem and landscape mapping program: considerations for classifying an ecological map

Dominique Lynch, Northern Territory Government
Making decisions in biodiversity conservation management: a threatened species case study

Dr Caroline Chong, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security, Northern Territory Government
Fencing and revegetating around farm dams increases bird species richness and breeding activity

David Smith, Sustainable Farms, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Nest site fidelity in Australian Pelicans

Dr John Porter, NSW Department of Planning & Environment
Fire and Food: Dietary response of three mammals to fire in tropical savanna

Dr Teigan Cremona, Charles Darwin University
The Northern Territory vegetation macrogroups: adding value to Australia’s major vegetation groups and state typologies

Dr Donna Lewis, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
An update on the Victorian Biodiversity Index (VBX) and gap analysis for Victoria

Dr Emily McColl-Gausden, The University of Melbourne
A decade of demographic monitoring resolves factors affecting survival and recruitment in terrestrial orchid translocations

Dr Noushka Reiter, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Growth and survival of termite-hollowed trees decrease with degree of piping, contrary to commonly-held belief that termites benefit host trees

Professor Patricia Werner, Australian National University
Where there’s smoke there’s cats: long unburnt habitat is crucial to mitigating the impacts of cats on the Greater Bilby

Harry Moore, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
A Mixed Method Habitat Suitability framework to inform Queensland Threatened Species legislative trigger maps

Stephen Trent, Queensland Department of Environment and Science
Optimising predator baiting through a meta-analytic approach

Dr Pat Taggart, Bush Heritage Australia
The importance of arid zone waterholes for terrestrial wildlife in a warming world

Professor Jenny Davis, Charles Darwin University
Ecological prioritisation framework for fire managers: a Kimberley example

Dr Skye Cameron, Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Islands in the Stream: using population connectivity modelling to shape impactful conservation strategies for a threatened endemic plant

Sabrina Ropiha, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security, Northern Territory Government
Increasing knowledge of one of the most spectacular marine invertebrates' gathering

Dr Elodie Camprasse, Deakin University
A conceptual framework and practical environmental accounting method to monitor condition in the Australian savanna biome

Gabrielle Davidson, Landscape Ecological Services
Long-term monitoring of invasive species dynamics along and adjacent forest roads in protected conservation areas within Southeast Queensland
Dr Michael Ngugi, Queensland Herbarium and Biodiversity Science
Facilitated Discussion: Fire, biodiversity and ecological function in tropical savannas – insights from field experiments

Dr Anna Richards, CSIRO
COVID-19 lockdowns reveal the impact of jumping crocodile tours

Dr Cameron Baker, Charles Darwin University

1225-1230Quick refresh break

Announcement of Prizes and Awards
Closing Remarks
RoomAuditorium 2
RoomWaterfront Room 1Waterfront Room 2Waterfront Room 3Meeting Room 1Meeting Room 2Meeting Room 3Offsite TBC
1430-1630Workshop: Writing for PublicationWorkshop: Using the ‘galah’ R package to source open biodiversity dataWorkshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Data Analysis and Visualisation in Python for Ecologists using EcoCommons’ Coding CloudWorkshop: Introduction to Kaleidoscope Pro for Acoustic AnalysisWorkshop: Australian Vegetation ClassificationWorkshop: ALLY Training (Thursday session)Workshop: Top End Invertebrate Blitz!
(Coach departs Darwin Convention Centre at 2:30pm)
1715-1830Book Launch: Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Northern Territory by Chris Jolly, Brendan Schembri and Stewart MacDonald.
Facilitated panel discussion and Q & A with authors.
To book tickets click here
Purchase the book at the launch.

Venue: MAGNT, Bullocky Point. Just near Mindil Beach Markets.
Friday 7 July 2023
0630-0845Birdwatching - Muirhead Bushland
Tickets can be purchased via the conference registration site ($15 per person).

Depart Darwin Convention Centre at 0630 or meet at the pathway entrance along Lee Point Road, next to the communication tower at 0645.

Some field trip tickets are available via the conference registration site, others are booked direct.
0830-1130Field Trip: Introduction to Nature Journaling at Binybara Lee Point
0830-1130Field Trip: Macrophotography (morning session)
0900-1430Field Trip: Padakul Cultural Tours
0930-1500Field Trip: Territory Wildlife Park
1400-1600Field Trip: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)