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Webinars and events

The Queensland Herbarium hosts free public webinars, usually once a month, between 12pm and 1pm.

These are live streamed events using Microsoft Teams webinar.

Email geoffrey.c.smith@des.qld.gov.au to register for a session.

8 August 2022, 12–1pm

Nangur spiny skinks in captivity and the real world

Daniel Ferguson, Queensland Herbarium, DES

What does the future look like for the Critically Endangered Nangur spiny skink (Nangura spinosa), a narrow endemic species found in Southeast Queensland?

12 September 2022, 12–1pm

Mapping Queensland’s terrestrial vegetation condition, the Spatial BioCondition modelling framework

Leo Hardtke, Teresa Eyre and Christopher Pennay, Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES)

The goal of the Spatial BioCondition modelling framework (SBC) is to map Queensland's terrestrial vegetation condition (1.73 million sq km).

26 September 2022, 12–1pm

Eucalyptus tetrodonta on the world stage

Eda Addicott, Queensland Herbarium/Australian Tropical Herbarium and Donna Lewis, TERN and NT government

Characterising Australian vegetation across national and international boundaries: Eucalyptus tetrodonta (Darwin Stringybark) woodlands case study.

10 October 2022, 12–1pm

Application of a mixed Habitat Suitability Modelling method to inform legislative mapping for Queensland Threatened Species

Stephen Trent, Biodiversity Assessment Team, Queensland Herbarium, DES

Since early 2000, the Biodiversity Assessment Team (BAT) from the Queensland Herbarium has been undertaking a habitat suitability modelling (HSM) program. The goal is to create HSMs for threatened species in Queensland. Leveraging off previous approaches employed by the Herbarium, BAT has been developing a standardised mixed method modelling protocol that incorporates expert guidance at all levels, i.e., statistical modelling, regional ecosystem categorisation and species sightings. This approach takes advantage of the increased benefits of a mixed method model, as developed recently for the koala in SEQ. The intent is to develop a method which is transferrable and repeatable, whilst still flexible in terms of accommodating species-specific requirements, to produce models of high confidence suitable for use in Queensland legislative products.

24 October 2022, 12–1pm

Terrestrial Laser Scans (TLS) and Digital Forests – A new tool for forest science, research and management

K. Cook, P. Russell-Smith, Elisha Taylor and David Fell, Arbor Metrics Pty Ltd, Byron Bay, NSW

The presenters will relate their experiences of using terrestrial LiDAR in rainforest and other vegetation types across Australia to calculate metrics of biomass, heights and cover, and species level identifications. This work is relevant to future investigations of vegetation mapping, condition metrics and biomass measurements, in all forest ecosystems.

14 November 2022, 12–1pm

Testing the processes required for spatial coexistence in a southwest Western Australian woodland

Isaac Towers, University of Queensland

One of the fundamental questions in community ecology is how diverse biological communities, encompassing a wide array of functional strategies, are able to persist through time. Theory suggests that spatial variation in the environment occurring at larger spatial scales, a ubiquitous feature of natural ecosystems, can interact with differences in species’ ecophysiology to promote coexistence when species’ growth, survival and biotic interactions respond to the spatial environment in different ways. Here, I will take you through some of the research I conducted throughout my PhD, where I explored how spatial variation in key environmental variables such as canopy cover, litter cover and soil fertility influenced the likelihood of coexistence of annual plants living in the understorey of the York gum - Jam woodlands of southwest Western Australia.