Arthur Rylah Institute, Seminar Summaries provide a brief overview of presentations made at scheduled seminar sessions at ARI on Mondays 1-2 pm. These seminars are free and also available via live online webinar – registration required. 

ARI Seminar schedule 2019

Summaries from recent ARI seminars

Conservation benefits of managing island pests - Lachlan Francis

18 February 2019

Lachlan evaluated the consequences of cat management on Bruny Island, Tasmania. Expert opinions informed population models to understand how native species (plovers, shearwaters, pardalote, penguins and quolls) would be impacted by cat control. Field research showed that cat management would not change the rat population on the island. The eradication of cats poses a complex, high risk and expensive option in the Bruny Island context. In the context of investment to return, there are other islands where cat control benefits are similar but the risk and costs are expected to be lower. Lachlan also shared his experience working on Macquarie Island.

For more information, contact: Lachlan Francis


Flying-foxes in Victoria: Past, Present and Future - Rodney van der Ree (Urban Ecologist, Melbourne University)  

10th December 2018

Rodney delivered an engaging summary of the Grey Headed Flying Fox's (GHFF) history in Victoria which has expanded from a single permanent colony in Mallacoota in 1986 to more than 10 colonies across the state today.
Rod spoke of:

How many carp are there in Australia? - Jarod Lyon - ARI, DELWP

3rd December 2018

Jarod presented ARI’s work in estimating the biomass of carp for Australia, which is an important figure for the National Carp Control Plan.
Jarod highlighted the complexities in estimating how many carp are in each type of aquatic habitat (rivers, lakes, waterholes, estuaries, wetlands, etc.).

Jarod Loyn carp
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Flagship waterways: long-term and large-scale commitment to waterway health in Victoria - Dr Amber Clarke- DELWP (Water and Catchments)

3rd December 2018

Amber presented on the Flagship Waterways approach to monitoring, evaluating and reporting on waterway restoration projects.

Amber Clarke waterways
Watershed Restoration in the Pacific North West - James Capurso  (Fisheries Biologist, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, USA)

4th December 2018

Jim talked us through his department's approach to restoration of watersheds:
Passive recovery of watersheds cannot be relied on for improvements in our life time; active restoration is required

James Caurso 1 watershed
James Capurso 2 watershed


Decoupling the impacts on fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin -Ian Cowx (University of Hull)

7 December 2018

Ian provided a masterclass on the challenges and future of inland fish in the Lower Mekong Basin.
Inland fish are a critical food resource for the Mekong Basin

Cowx Mekong


ARI Seminar schedule 2019




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