David Meagher is an environmental scientist with a special interest in the ecology of mosses and liverworts of south-eastern Australia.
Box-Ironbark Course Information
Tuesday 3rd October to Friday 6th October
- Distribution and history of the ecosystem including indigenous use and post settlement impacts.
- Introductory sessions on geomorphology, soils, fauna and vegetation communities.
- Flora and fauna of the region
- how to read the landscape, search for and identify the plants, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates that inhabit Box Ironbark communities
- Detailed study of ecological interactions between landscape, soils, plants and animals and implications for management.
- Survey skills and property assessment
Participants will gain:
- a better understanding of the distribution, natural values and ecological processes of Box Ironbark landscapes, past and present;
- an understanding of the impact of human use on the ecosystem, past and present;
- practical skills in observation, description, survey, analysis, interpretation, map reading and ecosystem monitoring of flora, fauna, geomorphology and soils;
- opportunity to apply new skills and to collate and communicate information collected from the field;
- resources to help plan for enhanced ecologically sustainable management outcomes for Box Ironbark remnants on private and public land.
Download Course Outline: 2017 Course Outline PDF
Garry Cheers is an experienced naturalist who lives and works in Box Ironbark country. His special interest is in birds in fragmented landscapes.
Lindy Lumsden is a wildlife biologist who has a special interest in Box Ironbark ecosystem fauna. Her passion is bats, their ecology and introducing them to people.
Andrea Canzano is an entomologist with experience in insect conservation and invertebrate biodiversity assessment in Victoria. She is particularly interested in the ecology and conservation of the Eltham copper butterfly.
Kate Stothers is a landholder in the Box Ironbark region and particularly interested in people and conservation.
Lance Williams is an ecologist with 30 years experience in fauna survey, assessment and management. He has a particular interest in woodlands, their ecology, conservation and restoration.
Paul Foreman is a botanist and forester who has a particular interest in Box Ironbark, Grasslands and Grassy Woodlands ecosystem flora, and private land conservation.
Neville Rosengren has surveyed the geomorphology and geology of conservation sites in most parts of Victoria. He is particularly interested in the modes and dynamics of landscape evolution.
Cathy Botta is a soil scientist and educator who works with communities in agricultural landscapes. Her special interest is in helping people better understand their own soils and the effects of land management on soil health.