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.

14 October 2019, 12:00 pm

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.

23 October 2019, 11:00 am*

The past informs the future: evolutionary and biogeographical history, and management of Australia’s tropical flora

Professor Darren Crayn, Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University

*Please note the time for this seminar

11 November 2019, 12:00 pm

Taxonomic studies in Tephrosia (Fabaceae)

Ryonen Butcher, Western Australian Herbarium