Friday 15 October 6.00pm 2021, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Professor Ross Thompson, Director at Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia.
The catchment management program in Australia’s Murray Darling Basin is one of the world’s largest, with a total cost to date of more than $16 billion. The challenges facing water systems globally, including those in New Zealand, include over- allocation of water, intensified due to the impacts of climate change. Attempts to restore environmental values of degraded river systems occur against a complex
backdrop that includes social disruption, competing demands for food and energy and the need for Indigenous reconciliation.
Professor Ross Thompson is Director of the Centre for Applied Water Science and co-Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. Ross is a freshwater ecologist with interests in the study of biodiversity and the restoration of landscapes. His fundamental research is in food web ecology, seeking to understand the rules that determine how natural communities assemble and persist. His applied research addresses the ways in which food webs are influenced by human factors including urbanisation, land clearance, pharmaceutical contamination, river flow diversion and restoration, and invasion. Ross is a New Zealander who began his research career at the University of Otago. He has sat on the NZ Marsden Panel and the Australian Research Council College of Experts. His work has strong links to government and industry, with positions on several senior technical advisory panels for local, state and federal research programs.