Our Director awarded Nancy Millis medal

Prof Kerrie WilsonProfessor Kerrie Wilson, our Director, was awarded the 2017 Nancy Millis medal for Women in Science!

Kerrie received the award at the annual Science at the Shine Dome event in Canberra, held by the Australian Academy of Science.

The Academy’s citation stated that she had “made significant discoveries in the environmental sciences that resulted in more effective conservation practices”.

“Professor Wilson identified how significant funds for conservation can be saved, and investments could be more equitable, through incorporating socio-economic principles into setting priorities for conservation investments,” the citation said.

“This has resulted in new theory and novel decision support tools to inform how limited conservation funds should be allocated to achieve multiple objectives, further enhancing the legacy and impact of her influential applied research program.

“Her research has led to innovative ways to efficiently protect and restore natural ecosystems and her ability to translate this new knowledge into practical applications has positioned her as a global, national and local leader in conservation science.”

The value of native bush to landholders

Maksym landowners Geoff Park low resPrivate benefits of native vegetation can help achieve better biodiversity outcomes

A third of Australian woodland has been cleared since European settlement. This has resulted in the loss of important ecosystem services, including biodiversity. Just over three quarters of Australian land is managed by private landholders, therefore conserving biodiversity on private land is an important part of our national conservation strategy. However, conserving biodiversity on private land can be challenging because the benefits of biodiversity are enjoyed by everyone while the costs of conservation are incurred by the landholders.

Read more: The value of native bush to landholders

A community's attitude toward their local endangered grassland

georgia centralck fullUnderstanding the mechanisms for change in environmental attitudes and behaviours is key to ensuring conservation in human dominated landscapes.

A new collaboration between CEED researcher Georgia Garrard (pictured) and researchers at Victoria University, looking at the influence of environmental education and engagement on environmental attitudes and behaviour, led to a community event centred on a critically endangered urban grassland and attended by more than 150 people.

his event was led by primary school students, presenting on what they had learnt and experienced about the grassland to the broader community.

Read more: A community's attitude toward their local endangered grassland