Liz is currently collaborating with the ERIE researchers to assist the Natural Resource Management (NRM) industry bridge the gap between ecological research outcomes and meeting the needs of NRM. Liz has 12 years’ experience working in NRM, alongside the traditional owners of the Noongar community and Wheatbelt farmers. She has applied resilience and systems analysis to environmental planning and developed both social and ecological thresholds of potential concern for the WA Wheatbelt region.
Liz has experience in environmental management and policy research. She is particularly interested in applying resilience theory and Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management (AEAM) to get the best possible outcome for the environment and community.
Liz is currently working with the National Malleefowl Recovery Team on a large scale adaptive management predator control experiment. This project is part of a National Environment Science Program partnership with the University of Melbourne.
I was a postdoc with Richard 2012-2015 where I continued my work on coextinction and also had joint projects with Lori Lach (invasive ants and the Hemiptera that fuel their invasion) and Jodi Price (restoration and the multi-trophic interactions between biota using functional traits).
I left Richard’s lab to take up a senior Research Officer position at the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Resource Development (DPIRD). Here I run the DPIRD branch of the Chevron Barrow Island biosecurity project and I am a taxonomic specialist in Hemiptera.
The latter means that, amongst other things, I identify suspect bugs that could be new invasive species, have undertaken lab residentials with other specialists around the country, produced an internet key to the planthopper and leafhopper species of economic concern to Australia, and I was recently involved in running an Australia-New Zealand diagnostic workshop for Plant Health Australia. I also continue with my work in invertebrate conservation through being a member of the WA Threatened Species Scientific Committee member, a member of the Australian Entomological Societies Conservation Committee, and the conservation and biodiversity subject editor for the journal Austral Entomology. More information…..
Since leaving ERIE, Mike has been working at the Forest & Nature Lab, Ghent University in Belgium, aiming to understand interactions between land use legacies and contemporary change. These interactions are potentially important to understanding plant community change, and thus guiding restoration and management. This research reflects his major interest in understanding environmental change effects on terrestrial ecosystems. While in Belgium, he has maintained an active involvement in the Ridgefield Experiment which he helped design, and through the global network TreeDivNet, facilitated by his Adjunct Lecturer position at UWA. Ridgefield reflects his interest in ecosystem service delivery from restoration projects through the use of plant traits, and the philosophy and practice of restoration in the current era. As well as supervising a number of PhD students, Mike will be contributing to a course on ecological restoration in the high Andes of Ecuador in October 2018. More information…..