Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Public Lecture

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Royal Geographical Society of Queensland Public Lecture

Title: "What becomes of Australia's biodiversity in the contemporary era?"

Delivered by Professor James Watson - 2018 Ken Sutton award recipient. Awarded for his outstanding contribution to geography and globally recognised work in conservation.

FREE public lecture

Since European occupation of Australia, human activities have caused the dramatic decline and sometimes extinction of many of the continent’s unique species. In his lecture, James will describe the causes of the decline and extinction and explain how Australia’s biodiversity crisis is very different to the crisis being felt elsewhere.

Refreshments after the lecture, in the foyer outside Lecture theatre 2.

About the Presenter: James is a Professor at University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and is passionate about Australian conservation, especially when it comes to saving its most imperilled species. Professor Watson leads the Green Fire Science research group; serves on several United Nations programs including, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; the Environment Program and the Global Programme on Nature for Development. He was also the founding chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature climate change specialist group.

For more information on the lecture or geography at the University of the Sunshine Coast contact Associate Professor Jennifer Carter, 5430 1238 or

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