Senior Pharmacists' Network speakers

Putting the bite back into biodiversity: how predators can restore our natural world

Time: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
Venue: Large meeting room, level 5, 399 Royal Parade, Parkville (building 404) (Campus map)
Registration: $20 per person. Register online
Contact: Iliana O'Donnell or call 03 99039087 for further details or to RSVP

Dr Euan Ritchie
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University

Why are feral animals running rampant? Why has Australia lost so many of its native mammals? And why are some of our native species causing environmental headaches too? One significant reason is the lack of balance that now characterises our ecosystems. A way to improve this situation might be to return native top predators, in particular dingoes and Tasmanian devils, to landscapes where they once occurred. This would allow these species to resume their important ecological roles.

About the speakerDr Euan Ritchie

Dr Euan Ritchie is a Eureka prize-winner in environmental research and senior lecturer in ecology within Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology. He applies ecological theory with good doses of fieldwork to seek solutions to the challenges of conserving biodiversity. He is an active and passionate science communicator, writing and speaking regularly on conservation-related issues.