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Urban and road ecology at SCB Oceania 2016

The Society for Conservation Biology Oceania section’s conference is in tropical Brisbane this year – the perfect place to escape the winter blues! Over the next few days, conservation scientists will descend on Brisbane’s Convention Centre to share, learn and inspire one another.

For those, like myself, who are keen on hearing more about urban or road ecology, here’s a quick list I’ve put together of some talks and posters you might like to get along to. Also be sure to check out Thursday’s “Conservation in urban areas: opportunities and advances” symposium too (Room P7, 2:30-4:00pm). I can’t claim that this list is exhaustive, but it’s a start! If you know of a talk that should be on here, let me know in the comments section.

If you couldn’t make it to SCB, follow me on twitter (@kyliesoanes), check out #SCBO2016 and prepare to be inundated in amazing conservation science for the rest of the week!

Day 1: Wednesday 6th July

9:50 AM – Room P7
Connecting To Nature In Urban Green Space: Benefits Perceived By Green
Space Users In Perth, Western Australia
Dawn Dickinson* (University of Western Australia), Richard J. Hobbs, Leonie E. Valentine, Susan A. Moore

10:30 AM – Room P7
Urban Residents’ Relationship with Nature Helps Explain their Proenvironmental
Behaviour in Wellington City, New Zealand
Julie Whitburn* (Victoria University of Wellington), Wayne L. Linklater, Taciano L. Milfont

Noisy neighbours and myna problems: Bird communities along gradients of invasion
and urbanization
Andrew Rogers* (University of Queensland), Salit Kark, Berndt van Renburg

Day 2: Thursday 7th July

9:50 AM – Room P6
Bridges facilitate insectivorous bat movement across roads more effectively
than culverts.

Manisha Bhardwaj* (University of Melbourne), Kylie Soanes, Tanja Straka, José Lahoz-Monfort, Lindy Lumsden, and Rodney van der Ree

10:30 AM – Room P6
Bringing back the birds – revegetating riparian habitat in an urban
Leonie Seabrook* (University of Queensland), Jeremy Simmonds, Nancy Auerbach

11:30 AM – Room P8
Dispersal of juvenile red-crowned parakeets (Cyanoramphus
novaezelandiae) from a fenced mainland sanctuary
Ellen Irwin* (Victorian University of Wellington), Heidy Kikillus, Richard Gray, Raewyn Empson, Nicola Nelson

11:40 AM – Room P7
What’s your nature? The importance of nurturing community partnerships
for enhanced urban conservation outcomes.
Apanie L Wood* (SEQ Catchments Ltd), Louise Orr

2:30 PM – Room P7
Biodiversity sensitive urban design for biodiverse cities
Georgia Garrard* (RMIT), Karen Ikin

2:40 PM – Room P7
Managing greenery for urban biodiversity
Kwek Yan Chong,* (National University of Singapore) Hugh T.W. Tan

2:50 PM – Room P7
Beyond economic values: understanding why biodiversity is important to the
urban public

Dave Kendal* (University of Melbourne), Rebecca Ford, Alison Farrar

3:00 PM – Room P7
Bridging the gap between science and practice to achieve conservation outcomes on urban golf courses
Threlfall, C.G., Amy Hahs* (University of Melbourne), Geary, J., Ossola, A., Williams, N.S.G., Livesley, S.J.

3:10 PM – Room P7
The connection between city residents and nature
Danielle Shanahan, Robert Bush, Kevin Gaston, Brenda Lin, Julie Dean, Elizabeth Barber, Richard Fuller* (University of Queensland)

3:20 PM – Room P7
Nature on the Doorstep: Creating pathways to engage urban communities in
Kathryn Eyles* (Australian National University)

3:30 PM – Room P7
Re-wilding the city: which species and why?
Luis Mata* (RMIT), Kirsten Parris, Leonie Valentine, Georgia Garrard and Sarah Bekessy

3:40 PM – Room P7
Novel resources for threatened fauna in urban environments
Leonie Valentine* (University of Western Australia), Patricia Kennedy, Luis Mata, Cristina Ramalho, Richard Hobbs

Little Forest in the Heart of the City: could 3.5 hectares in the CBD be the heart of
wider restoration and cultural reconnection to biodiversity?
Bart Cox* (Victoria University of Wellington)

The impacts of increased ship-rat density on fantail nesting success measured across
urban forest fragments in New Zealand
Nyree Fea* (Victoria University of Wellington), Stephen Hartley

Day 3 – Friday 8th July

 9:30 AM – Room P9
Assessing the impacts of land-based discharges on ecosystem structure and
function of urban waterways.
Katherine Dafforn*(University of New South Wales), Peter Steinberg, Stuart L. Simpson, Jaimie Potts, Peter Scanes, Simone C. Birrer, Michael Sutherland, Vivian X.Y. Sim, Tim Lachnit, Sanjay Swarup, Staffan Kjelleberg, Martina Doblin, Gavin Birch, Paul Gribben, Peter Freewater, Emma L. J

2:30 PM – Room P8
Existing ecological theory is sufficient for effective conservation action in
urban environments
Kirsten Parris*(The University Of Melbourne), Geoff Heard

2:35 PM – Room P8
Bioaccumulation and detoxification of heavy metals in a coastal high trophic
feeder with a restricted home range, the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)
Annett Finger* (Victoria University), Jennifer L. Lavers, Peter Dann, Carol Scarpaci, Dayanthi Nugegoda and John D. Orbell

2:55 PM – Room P7
Wildlife mortality from regional train strikes in Victoria – where, when and
future predictions
Casey Visintin* (University of Melbourne), Rodney van der Ree, Michael McCarthy

3:10 PM – Room P8
How did the squirrel glider’s genes cross the road? Experimental crossing
structures successfully mitigate inhibited gene flow across a freeway
Kylie Soanes* (University of Melbourne), Andrea Taylor, Paul Sunnucks, Silvana Cesarini, Peter Vesk, Rodney van der Ree>

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