Please note that the ESA-SCBO2022 program is subject to change without notice.

Click here to view the full conference program with concurrent presentations.

Saturday 26 November 2022
Pre-Conference Student Events
1230-1330SCBO Ice-breaker lunch

SCBO will host an ice-breaker lunch to allow SCBO and ESA board members and post graduate students attending pre-conference events to meet and socialise informally. All post graduate students attending the conference are welcome to attend.

Registration required for catering purposes.
1330-1700Student Conference Talks Skills Workshop

This workshop will provide the opportunity for post graduate students to improve their conference talk skills, and practice talks to be delivered at the ESA-SCBO 2022 conference in a safe and friendly environment amongst peers. Open to all post-graduate students attending the conference. Registration required.
Sunday 27 November 2022
0900-1700Post-Graduate Day
Participation fee: $35 inc GST per person. Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Please join us for the 2022 ESA SCBO Post Grad Day. This will be a day of engaging interactions between students and inspiring mentors who are at various career stages. Together we will discuss the latest emerging ideas and approaches arising within a variety of sub-disciplines in ecology and conservation biology. Focus group sessions will provide students with opportunities to network, develop Elevator Pitches, and discuss hot topics and gain insights from mentors about what the next generation of researchers will likely need to focus on. Students will also informally engage with mentors and have the chance to ask the hard questions about building a career in science.
1730-1830ESA-SCBO2022 Conference Registration and Welcome Drinks
Included for all full registration categories. Additional tickets may be purchased for AUD$30
1830-midnightFIELD TRIP: Greater glider & nocturnal mammals night tour
Participation fee: $45 inc GST per person
Monday 28 November 2022  
0630-0800Birdwatching at Puckey's
0700-0745Gentle Yoga
0900-1030PLENARY SESSION
ESA-SCBO 2022 Conference Opening
0900-0930Welcome to Country and Conference Opening

Micha Jackson and Dieter Hochuli (ESA-SCBO Organising Committee Co-Chairs)
0930-1000Keynote Presentation:
Professor Emma Johnston, Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research), University of Sydney
1000-1030Keynote Presentation
1030-1100Morning tea
1100-1300CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SYMPOSIUM: State of the Environment Report 2021OPEN FORUM: Fire EcologySYMPOSIUM: Symposium: How much is enough? Setting meaningful targets for biodiversity conservation (1)SYMPOSIUM: From disconnect to reconnect: integrating soil microbial communities into fundamental ecology, conservation, and restoration (1)SYMPOSIUM: Collaborative approaches to monitoring significant species and habitats using Indigenous knowledge, technical assessments and citizen scienceOPEN FORUM: Open Forum: Species' responses to climate change (1)OPEN FORUM: Animal movement and behaviour
1300-1400Lunch
1400-1530CONCURRENT SESSIONS
OPEN FORUM: Data synthesis and decision makingSYMPOSIUM: In the canopy after the fires: Reconnecting to build a new understanding of Australian gliders and possums (1)SYMPOSIUM: How much is enough? Setting meaningful targets for biodiversity conservation (2)SYMPOSIUM: From disconnect to reconnect: integrating soil microbial communities into fundamental ecology, conservation, and restoration (2)OPEN FORUM: Functional EcologyOPEN FORUM: Species' responses to climate change (2)OPEN FORUM: Islands
1530-1600Afternoon tea
1600-1730CONCURRENT SESSIONS
OPEN FORUM: ConservationSYMPOSIUM: In the canopy after the fires: Reconnecting to build a new understanding of Australian gliders and possums (2)OPEN FORUM: Agro-ecosystemsSYMPOSIUM: Is connecting with nature enough to support conservation action? Key challenges we need to tackle to move the field forwardOPEN FORUM: MarineOPEN FORUM: Species' responses to climate change (3)OPEN FORUM: Plant, carbon and water relationships
1745-1930BARBARA RICE MEMORIAL POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 29 November 2022  
0630-0800Birdwatching at Puckey's
0700-0745Gentle Yoga
0900-1030PLENARY SESSION
0900-1000KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Esau Kekeubata and Dorothy Kekeubata, Baru Conservation Alliance, Solomon Islands
1000-1030KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Oliver Costello
1030-1100Morning tea
1100-1300CONCURRENT SESSIONS
OPEN FORUM: Invasive species managementSYMPOSIUM: Maximising outcomes for biodiversity and society through innovative approaches to private land conservationSYMPOSIUM: Nothing to see here: Natural history notes and null resultsSYMPOSIUM: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (1)OPEN FORUM: Disturbance and Landscape ecologyOPEN FORUM: Animal responses to fireOPEN FORUM: Quantitative tools (1)
1300-1400Lunch
1315-1345ESA Mentoring Discussion
1315-1345SCB Members Lunch:
SCB members are invited to a casual lunch and chat.

Grab your lunch from the regular buffet, and join us in the Palm Room.
1400-1530PLENARY SESSION
1405-1430KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
SCB DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER 2021: Sarah Legge
1430-1500SCB REGIONAL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD PRESENTATION:
Moses Kerry, Mauberema Ecotourism and Nature Conservation Centre, PNG
1500-1530ESA AUSTRALIAN ECOLOGY RESEARCH AWARD (AERA) PRESENTATION:
John Morgan
1530-1600Afternoon tea
1600-1800CONCURRENT SESSIONS
OPEN FORUM: Remote sensingSYMPOSIUM: Empowering researchers and decision-makers to solve environmental problems through Virtual LaboratoriesOPEN FORUM: Species' Stories - Case StudiesSYMPOSIUM: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (2)OPEN FORUM: Sustainability and conservation in agricultural landscapesOPEN FORUM: Species interactionsOPEN FORUM: Quantitative tools (2)
1800-1830ESA-SCBO 2022 Queer Mixer

The annual ESA Queer Mixer is a chance for LGBTQIA+ ecologists and allies to get together for an informal networking event. Reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while, make new friends, feel welcome as part of the ESA community.

Cash bar available for purchase of drinks and snacks
1815-1900ESA AGM
1830-1930Public launch of the EcoCommons ecological modelling platform
1830-1930SCB Social Science Working Group (SSWG) Speed Networking

Participation fee: $10 inc GST

If you are interested in networking with conservation social science professionals, join SCB's Social Science Working Group (SSWG) for a Speed-Networking event on Tuesday night. The event is open to all graduate and undergraduate students on a first-come first-serve basis. Following the speed networking event, there will be opportunities to connect further at the SSWG-Hosted Mixer (starting at 7:30pm). Registration required for the speed-networking event. Mixer open to all – no registration required.
1830-2000EcoCommons Launch Event
1830-midnightFIELD TRIP: Greater Glider & Nocturnal Mammals Night Tour
1930-2030SCBO and SCB SSWG Mixer
1930-2100Science Slam
hosted by the ESA Science Communications Chapter
Wednesday 30 November 2022 
0630-0800Birdwatching at Puckey's
0700-0745Gentle Yoga
0900-1030PLENARY SESSION
0900-0945KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Professor Adrienne Nicotra, Associate Director Research, Division of Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, Australian National University
0945-1030KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
ESA Next Generation Award Presentation
1030-1100Morning Tea
1100-1300CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SYMPOSIUM: Australian 2019/20 Bushfires. National synthesis of biodiversity responses (1)OPEN FORUM: PredatorsOPEN FORUM: Urban ecology (1)SYMPOSIUM: A new vision and pathway for conservation (1)OPEN FORUM: Plant ecologyOPEN FORUM: eDNA and Isotopes
1300-1400Lunch
1315-1345SCB SSWB Members’ Lunch

SSWG members are requested to bring their lunch to the Palm Room for an informal working lunch.
1400-1530CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SYMPOSIUM: Australian 2019/20 Bushfires. National synthesis of biodiversity responses (2)SYMPOSIUM: Australian ecosystems at +3oC and beyond (part 1)OPEN FORUM: Urban ecology (2)SYMPOSIUM: Symposium: A new vision and pathway for conservation (2)OPEN FORUM: Community ecologyOPEN FORUM: Genetics and genomics (1)
1530-1600Afternoon tea
1600-1730CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SYMPOSIUM: Australian 2019/20 Bushfires. National synthesis of biodiversity responses (3)SYMPOSIUM: Australian ecosystems at +3oC and beyond (part 2)OPENFORUM: Translocation and reintroductionSYMPOSIUM: A new vision and pathway for conservation (3)OPEN FORUM: Health and diseaseOPEN FORUM: Genetics and genomics (2)
1730-1830Facilitated Discussion: Australian ecosystems at +3C and beyond
1900-midnightCONFERENCE DINNER

Join us on The Deck at Novotel Northbeach for the Conference Dinner. A relaxed opportunity to network or just meet up with old and new friends over a meal and drinks. After dinner a cash bar will be available.
Thursday 1 December 2022  
0630-0800Birdwatching at Puckey's
0700-0745Gentle Yoga
0750-0850Publishing conservation science – Q&A Session with Mark Burgman
0900-1030PLENARY SESSION
0905-0925KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
ESA GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Richard Kingsford
0925-0945KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
ESA GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Kris French
0945-1030KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Transcending language barriers, reconnecting evidence and people for conservation
Dr Tatsuya Amano, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland; Deputy Director, Research, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland
1030-1100Morning tea
1100-1300CONCURRENT SESSIONS
SYMPOSIUM: Ecological connections: Informing Recovery from Natural DisastersSYMPOSIUM: Emotions in EcologyOPEN FORUM: Conservation technologyOPEN FORUM: Threatened speciesOPEN FORUM: RestorationOPEN FORUM: Impacts and management of developmentOPEN FORUM: Traits
1300-1345Lunch
1345-1530PLENARY SESSION
1345-14002019 Fundamental Ecology Award Presentation - Susanna Bryceson
1400-14152021 Fundamental Ecology Award Presentation - Giancarlo Chiarenza
1415-14302019 Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship Presentation - Darcy Watchorn
1430-14452020 Jill Landsberg Trust Foundation Scholarship Presentation - Ned Ryan-Schofield
1445-15002021 Jill Landsberg Trust Foundation Scholarship Presentation - Patrick Finnerty
1500-15152020 Applied Forestry Scholarship Presentation - Julia Smith
1515-15302022 Applied Forestry Scholarship Recipient - Forbes Saurels
1530-1545Afternoon tea
1600-1730PLENARY SESSION
1605-1620SCBO President's Address
1620-1635ESA President's Address
1635-1700ESA-SCBO Prizes and Awards
Conference Close
1800-2000Trivia Night
Friday 2 December 2022
WORKSHOPS and FIELD TRIPS(book tickets via the registration page)
0800-1000
Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Data Analysis and Visualisation in R for Ecologists & Conservation Scientists using EcoCommons’ Coding Cloud
Facilitated by: Dr Emilia Decker, Dr Jessica Fenker, Abhimanyu Raj Singh & Dr Elisa Bayraktarov
0800-1700Field Trip: Behind the Scenes at Sydney Olympic Park – 25 years into a 100+ year ecological restoration project
0900-1130Workshop: Using the R Package ‘galah’ to Investigate the Atlas of Living Australia
Facilitated by: Dr Jenna Wraith, Atlas of Living Australia
0900-1300Workshop: How to develop inclusive conservation and environmental policies
Facilitated by: Katie Moon & Katharina Victoria Perez-Hammerle
0900-1300Workshop: Smooth sailing ahead: navigating tricky conversations and interviews
Facilitated by: ESA Early Career Ecologists Working Group - Sarah Ryding, Deakin University, Caragh Threlfall, University of Sydney & Steph Courtney Jones, ACT Government / Australian National University
0900-1300Workshop: Getting started with R: an introduction for Conservation Social Scientists
Facilitated by: Matthew Selinske & Holly Kirk
1000-1600Workshop: Dynamic models in behavioural ecology
Facilitated by: Cassie Speakman
1030-1230Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Data Analysis and Visualisation in Python for Ecologists & Conservation Scientists using EcoCommons’ Coding Cloud
Facilitated by: Dr Amanda Buyan, Data Analyst, CSIRO The Atlas of Living Australia & EcoCommons Australia, Dr Rob Clemens, Change & Communications Manager, EcoCommons Australia, Griffith University, Dr Emilia Decker, Support and Training Officer, EcoCommons Australia, Griffith University & Dr Jessica Fenker, R Programmer, EcoCommons Australia, CSIRO The Atlas of Living Australia
1030-1630Workshop: Writing for publication
Facilitated by: Nigel Andrew
1230-1400Workshop: Open Ecoacoustics: Tools, Training, and Data for Ecoacoustics Workflows
Facilitated by: Kellie Vella & Paul Roe
1300-1500Workshop: Using the EcoCommons’ Point-and-click Dashboards to run Species Distribution Models, make Climate Projections and carry out Biosecurity Risk Mapping
Facilitated by: Dr Rob Clemens, Change & Communications Manager, EcoCommons Australia, Griffith University, Dr Emilia Decker, Support and Training Officer, EcoCommons Australia, Griffith University, Dr Jessica Fenker, R Programmer, EcoCommons Australia, The Atlas of Living Australia, Dr Peter D. Wilson, Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University & Dr Sean Haythorne, Research Software Engineer, Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, University of Melbourne
1330-1500Workshop: Threatened Species Index
Facilitated by: Geoff Heard
1330-1600Workshop: TERN infrastructure to enable submission and access to FAIR terrestrial ecosystem data
Facilitated by: Siddeswara Guru, Habacuc Flores Moreno, Elisa Maria Girola and Lachlan Charles
1530-1730Workshop: Running Species Distribution Models in the EcoCommons’ R environment
Facilitated by: Dr Rob Clemens, Change & Communications Manager, EcoCommons Australia, Griffith University, Abhimanyu Raj Singh, Functional Analyst, EcoCommons Australia, Griffith University & Dr Jessica Fenker, R Programmer, EcoCommons Australia, The Atlas of Living Australia

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