Supported by IDA Vic
When: Aug 27, 2020 04:30 PM
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Professor Peter Gell Environmental Science Federation University is a paleoecologist who examines change in the condition of wetlands over culturally relevant timelines. He has a particular interest in contributing to a better understanding of natural ecological character under the Ramsar Convention. He specialises in the use of diatoms as indicators of present, and past, river and lake condition, particularly in coastal systems and across Australia’s Murray Darling Basin.
An emerging interest is the use of paleoecological approaches to reveal past instances of regimes shifts and tipping points in wetland ecosystems. He also continues his interests in the use of birds as indicators of ecosystem health. Peter is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Postgraduate Studies at Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia.
Peter will be our speaker for the 2nd Annual Lecture since FoLWNE formed.
Topic: The lakes of western Victoria are recognised internationally for their contribution to knowledge on long term climate change. They also represent important habitat for aquatic biota and they provide great service to local communities. As the climate dries many lakes will become dry and so artificial lakes, and perennial streams such as the Yarrowee River, will become increasingly important. We need to manage these for the appreciation of people, but also to maximise the role they may play as refuges for freshwater biodiversity.
Peter is a co-author on this paper