Professor David Lindenmayer AO ‘The Forest Wars – debunking myths around native forest logging’

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Thursday, 20 June 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Professor David Lindenmayer AO
Professor David Lindenmayer AO

David, from Fenner School of Environment & Society, will base his talk on his new book, The Forest Wars, and include a number of anecdotes from his experiences in dealing with Ministers and other officials over the past four decades.

David will be happy to sign copies of this new book after his talk.

David Lindenmayer has worked in Australia’s native forests for more than 40 years. This talk is based on his career as a researcher, field ecologist and forest policy analyst. The talk is based on his new book, The Forest Wars published by Allen & Unwin. The book explores issues associated with his work on logging effects on forest biodiversity, relationships between logging and fire, forestry and carbon emissions, and the interface between logging, economics and environmental accounting. The talk will include a number of anecdotes from his experiences in dealing with Ministers and other officials over the past four decades, including recommendations to bring giraffes to Australia to eat the canopies of trees and thinning forests so they support just one tree per standard houseblock.

Professor David Lindenmayer AO is a world-leading expert in forest and woodland ecology, resource management, conservation science, and biodiversity conservation. He has maintained some of the largest, long-term research programs in Australia, with some exceeding 40 years in duration. He is among the world's most productive and most highly-cited scientists, particularly in forest ecology and conservation biology and has published 1430 scientific articles including 918 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals. He has also published 49 books, including many award-winning textbooks and other seminal books. David Lindenmayer held a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship from 2013-2018, where he worked on biodiversity indices, metrics and proxies. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (elected 2008), a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (elected in 2019), Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society (elected 2022), and Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences (elected 2023). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014. His research has been recognised through numerous awards, including the Eureka Science Prize (three times), Whitley Award (10 times), the Serventy Medal for Ornithology, and the Australian Natural History Medallion. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Whittaker Medal from the Ecological Society of America.

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