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RMIT is proud to host this free lecture with lecturer, researcher and biodiversity specialist Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy, RMIT University.
As urban sprawl expands across the globe, planners and ecologists must come together to promote innovative approaches to conservation.
Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy will discuss the importance of incorporating natural habitats within cities to support wildlife conservation and improve human health and well-being. She will also showcase her work in biodiversity and how her research is helping to re-imagine cities.
About Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy
Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy has been teaching and conducting research in environmental studies at RMIT University since 2004. Using her background in conservation biology and more recent experience in the social sciences, Sarah has established a successful research team – Interdisciplinary Conservation Science research group – that seeks to engage in high impact, interdisciplinary and collaborative research to find solutions to applied environmental problems.
Sarah has published widely on technical and policy issues around biodiversity conservation, including planning for biodiversity in cities, the use of market-based instruments for biodiversity conservation, exploring synergies between carbon and biodiversity management, dynamic population modelling and exploring the role of genetics in conservation. She also publishes on institutional change for sustainability and sustainability education.
Sarah runs a project funded by the Myer Foundation titled 'Reimagining the Australian Suburb: planning for biodiversity in the urban fringe'. In 2013, Sarah was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship titled 'Socio-ecological models for environmental decision making'.
Sarah was recently appointed to the Victorian Government Biodiversity Strategy Science Reference Group.
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