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The wetlands across Western Australia reflect the broad climatic gradient found across the state, ranging from naturally saline intermittent playas to permanent open water lakes. Twelve of these wetlands have Ramsar designation and another 120 are of national importance. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation,  and Attractions (DBCA) is responsible for reporting on the condition of these wetlands and implemented a wetland focused monitoring program from ~1977 to ~2014. Currently, DBCA is in the process of organizing a new wetland research and monitoring program.

Given that DBCAs new program is under development and the analyses of the previous data are ongoing, this seminar will consist of two parts. First, Michael Venarsky will overview a select group of his pre-DBCA projects. Second, he will outline the analyses of 1977 to 2014 data set and then discuss the proposed structure of the new research and monitoring program. Thus, consider this seminar both an introduction of a new research scientist to Western Australia as well as primer for discussion and potential collaborations surrounding DBCAs new program.

Michael Venarsky started his position with the DBCA in March 2020. He is an ecologist with experience in a variety of aquatic ecosystems, including cave and mountain streams, wet-dry tropical rivers and associated floodplain wetlands, and estuaries. His pre-Australia work focused on answering basic ecological questions (ecological-evolutionary interactions) whose results could be used in applied settings. Since moving to Australia, his projects have focused more on applied ecological questions (water resource management), with the design of these projects grounded in basic ecological principals (habitat template, ecosystem connectivity, food web energetics).


4.00pm to 5.00pm, Thursday 15th October 2020


Webinar via Zoom
Zoom link and password:https://uwa.zoom.us/j/7115569768?pwd=YVdmeU13L1krMXQrM0x0YnBzOTdMUT09
Password: 827959