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Seminars and events

The Queensland Herbarium hosts free public seminars at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Toowong. The seminars are usually held on the second Monday of each month during February to November. Sessions are from noon until 1pm and are located in the FM Bailey conference room in the Herbarium building. Additional seminars may be programmed so please check the schedule on this page frequently. You don’t need to register for any seminar, just turn up on the day.

11 February 2019

Three talks presented at the Ecological Society of Australia and the Australasian Systematic Botany Society Conferences held in Brisbane during 2018

  1. The reference state in a contemporary landscape: Foundations for mapping vegetation condition in Queensland
  2. Quantifying land clearing impacts on threatened species habitat across Queensland
  3. How many species of Rottboelliinae (Poaceae) are there in Australia?

Teresa Eyre, Melinda Laidlaw and Melody Fabillo, Queensland Herbarium

Teresa - The reference state in a contemporary landscape: Foundations for mapping vegetation condition in Queensland.
Vegetation condition assessments for biodiversity are becoming increasingly integral to support decision-making, policy and conservation incentives, including offsets, restoration targets and monitoring responses to management. Queensland is embarking on a state-wide condition mapping project.

Melinda – Quantifying land clearing impacts on threatened species habitat across Queensland.
The Queensland Herbarium has modelled the potential pre-clearing habitat distribution of more than 300 of Queensland's threatened flora and fauna species. Modelled distributions are being used to quantify the trajectory of threatened flora and fauna habitat, identify and prioritise new areas for protection or restoration and to direct survey and monitoring efforts.

Melody - How many species of Rottboelliinae (Poaceae) are there in Australia?
Rottboelliinae is one of nine subtribes of the tribe Andropogoneae (Poaceae). The number of taxa recognised in Rottboelliinae varies with taxonomic treatments from 10 to 16 genera and 99 to110 species. Taxonomic instability appears to be due to overlapping variability in gross morphological characters used to delimit genera and species and the lack of comprehensive taxon sampling in previous phylogenetic studies. Taxonomic and conservation status changes of Australian Rottboelliinae are necessary. This is the first comprehensive phylogenetic study of Rottboelliinae at a global and Australian level.

11 March 2019

Conservation of eucalypts

Rod Fensham, Queensland Herbarium

IUCN red-listing of Australian eucalypts. The process and the outcome.

8 April 2019

Large-footed Myotis (Myotis macropus) roost selection in concrete culverts in Brisbane

Vanessa Gorecki, Queensland University of Technology

The large-footed myotis, Myotis macropus, is Australia’s only fishing bat. This species has adapted to living and breeding in urban areas and has been recorded roosting in concrete culverts under roads. However, little is known about the roosting ecology of bats which use these unique roost sites in Australia. This paucity of information makes it difficult for road managers and government departments to make science-based decisions on how to manage such roosts, presenting challenges when works must be carried out on structures containing a roost.

13 May 2019

Achieving multiple benefits in ecological restoration for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration

Valerie Hagger, University of Queensland

The potential for revegetation to deliver biodiversity co-benefits alongside carbon abatement has been a focus of recent work however better assessments of the biodiversity values of revegetation, in particular for native fauna, and the potential synergies and trade-offs with carbon sequestration are required to inform decision making on where and how to invest in revegetation in order to maximize outcomes for both biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration.

10 June 2019

Cycas megacarpa, survival outcomes across two translocation programmes.

Alicia Wain. Queensland Herbarium.

8 July 2019

Endangered birds on Cape York Peninsula

  1. To be confirmed - golden-shouldered parrot Psephotellus chrysopterygius
  2. Buff-breasted button-quail Turnix olivii

Teghan Collingwood, Geoffrey Smith and Michael Mathieson, Queensland Herbarium

Teghan – golden-shouldered parrot. To be confirmed.

Geoffrey and Michael – buff-breasted button-quail.

12 August 2019

Two talks on problem grasses

Simone-Louise Yasui, Queensland University of Technology and Gabrielle Lebbink, University of Queensland

Simone-Louise Yasui - Assessing the effects of Eragrostis curvula abundance on the soil seed bank.
The introduction of African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), has significantly influenced community dynamics of Australian grasslands and threatens the conservation of native Australian plant species. To determine the best practice for managing the ecological impacts African lovegrass has on grassland ecosystems, it is necessary to understand both the above and belowground community effects different management techniques will have.

Gabrielle Lebbink - The influence of exotic grass Bothriochloa pertusa on floristic diversity at multiple spatial scales.
Since its introduction in the 1930s, the exotic grass Indian couch (Bothriochloa pertusa) continues to spread widely throughout north-eastern Australia and is of growing concern for conservation management. The spread of Indian couch may lead to significant declines in floristic diversity at both local and landscape scales. Reasons for the species recent rapid spread are unclear, however heavy livestock grazing and active sowing of seed are undoubtedly associated and thus need to be addressed in order to manage its spread. Research on the species extent is necessary for a comprehensive understanding of its impact on floristic diversity.

9 September 2019

Australian Coastal Wetlands - Sea Level, Peat and Fire

Patrick Moss, University of Queensland

Australia is regarded as the driest inhabited continent in the world and as such many of its wetlands are underappreciated at a global scale. This presentation will focus on the extensive areas of coastal wetlands that are located across eastern Australia, particularly their relevance to global carbon budgets. This presentation will highlight the importance that palaeoecological information can provide about the ecology and management of unique wetland systems.

14 October 2019

Extinction Risk in Novel Communities

John Pandolfi, University of Queensland

Local and global changes cause many ecosystems to be transformed into new configurations through taxonomic turnover and species-abundance changes. This transformation is resulting in what many refer to as ‘novel communities’ - communities with no historical precedence in the ecosystem. But a fundamental gap exists in the comparative analysis of ecosystems as community novelty remains an ill-defined, ill-quantified concept, often lacking a pre-historical context. Here, we develop a robust methodology for the identification of novel communities that allows for investigation of their frequency, causes, and consequences over long temporal scales. We distinguish between instantaneous novelty, in which a community is significantly different from its previous state, and cumulative novelty, in which a community is significantly unprecedented in all previous times. We identify novel communities only when instantaneous and cumulative novelty converge.

11 November 2019

Working together better: changing how we research invasive plant species to assist control efforts

Professor Jennifer Firn, Queensland University of Technology

Globally the prevalence and impact of invasive non-native species is rapidly increasing. While experimentally based research aimed at adequately responding and supporting management is limited in its ability to keep up with this pace, given the complex drivers associated with successful invasion and control strategies. In contrast landholders are in unique positions to witness biodiversity turnover in grasslands, adapt management practices in response, and learn from successes and failures. This local knowledge could be crucial for identifying feasible solutions to land degradation, and ecological restoration, but local knowledge is rarely explicitly embedded in ecological research.