Date: Sunday 25 November 2018

Venue: QUT Brisbane (Room P-512)

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The 15th one-day postgraduate course on Current Ecology and Evolution will be held at QUT, the day before the main ESA18 conference begins.

The course is designed for postgraduate research students or for people considering a research degree. Honours students are welcome. It is supported by the Ecological Society of Australia. Speakers and discussion topics are different each year, so repeat participation can be recommended.

PROGRAM FOR 2018: The day’s program will include speakers about recent advances in many areas of ecology and evolution. There will be focus groups for students to exchange views. If you attend 2-3 of these 1-day courses during your PhD, you’ll encounter a broader range of ideas compared to your training within a single research group.

REGISTRATION: Cost is $35, to cover lunch and morning and afternoon refreshment. Speakers donate their time free. You can register for the postgraduate course without the conference, the conference without the postgraduate course, or both together .

Please note that the schedule is subject to change without notice

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8:30 Registration open
9:00 Adrienne Nicotra (ANU) – Opening remarks
9:10 Libby Robin (ANU) – Australian Ecology and the rest of the world – a history –
9:40 Libby Robin & Mark Westoby (Macquarie) – Talking history and historians
10:00 Focus group 1: Getting on top of the literature: past and present
10:35 Morning tea
11:10 Focus groups report back
11:35 Linda Beaumont (Macquarie) – Models, models everywhere but where are the species?
11:50 Mike Kearney (University of Melbourne) – Theory and big data need each other: a metabolic case study
12:05 Lee Rollins (UNSW) – The latest in ecological (epi)genetics
12:25 Justine Shaw (UQ/ AAD) – Invasion ecology and sub-Antarctic islands
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Speakers in the spotlight: navigating a research career
1:40 Inka Veltheim On Nathan et al. 2008: A movement ecology paradigm
1:50 Claudia Crowther On Richards et al 2017: Ecological plant epigenetics – the way forward
2:00 Pia Lentini (University of Melbourne) – Threatened species and the city
2:15 Hamish McCallum (Griffith University) – Disease ecology to die for
2:30 Ricky Spencer (WSU) – Making Citizen Science work for you….& Society
2:45 Focus group 2: Getting ecology into the community (intro by Libby Robin)
2:55 Focus group 2
3:30 Afternoon tea
3:40 Focus groups report back
4:05 All speakers Panel discussion
4:25 Susanna Venn (Deakin) – Concluding remarks
4:30 On to registration and mixer for ESA18

The postgraduate course is organized by Adrienne Nicotra ( at the Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology Australian National University and Susanna Venn ( at the School of Life and Env. Sciences, Deakin University and