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From Rainforest to Reef

Andy Donnelly
Friday, 1 Apr 2011
Lockhart Room, HK Fooll Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
Andy Donnelly, Director of Earthwatch Institute Australia talks on Australia's unique ecosystems .

There will be two lectures both identical

Drinks 6.30 pm Lecture 1 6.30 pm Lecture 2 8.00pm

HK$100 Members and HK$150 Non members.

Andy Donnelly, Director of Research at Earthwatch Institute Australia, speaks on "Australia: From Rainforest to Reef ". Australia is a land of outstanding diversity and harsh contrasts where rainforest meets reef and desert meets flood. Mr Donnelly tells of the unique physical and scientific landscape of Australia, exploring the interface of science and the community and the role NGOs like Earthwatch can play in inspiring action in the face of climate change and numerous other threats to the environment. Mr Donnelly's highlights the challenges, including climate change, facing Australia's unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems, some of the most spectacular on earth such as the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.

In the interior of Australia, including the "bush " lands, Mr Donnelly shows how scientists are discovering numerous new species as part of a new national biodiversity survey of Australia. In the marine environment, he talks about Australia's underwater giants including sharks, mantas and turtles using film footage from a new underwater documentary. Mr Donnelly also discusses Australia's coastal seas and their inhabitants to see how mankind is affecting oceanic habitats and talks of cities to see the perils of urban wildlife assessing the battles that are occurring all around Australia between native and introduced species. He also provides an insight into how communities and technology are being mobilised to help scientists uncover the best ways to deal with the issues facing Australian biodiversity.

Andy Donnelly read zoology at Aberystwyth University in Wales and has an MSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture from Stirling University in Scotland Since June 2007, he had been Director of Research and Learning at Earthwatch Institute in Australia where he is responsible for implementing a range of scientific research projects focusing on climate change, biodiversity and wildlife with research partners from numerous universities and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Mr Donnelly has 20 years' experience in biological research management, consultancy and outreach.

A graduate of Cambridge University's Cross Sector Partnerships, Mr Donnelly previously worked for the Australian Museum developing a series of projects including biodiversity surveys. He was previously a scientific advisor to Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit and was Senior Scientist with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee that advises the British Government on conservation policy. He has worked on biological surveys from the Peruvian Amazon to the deep sea environments of the Atlantic.

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