SER seminar series 


Professor Sam Lake presents ‘Drought and rivers in Australia’, on Thursday 21 June from 1pm to 2pm.

The ecological effects of drought are poorly understood, especially their effects on aquatic ecosystems. Droughts, especially ‘supra-seasonal’ ones, exert a multitude of damaging effects on the ecology of both flowing, standing waters and estuaries.

The ability to recover from drought is highly variable. Climate change, especially in mid-latitudinal regions, is likely to increase in droughts, if not mega droughts, and this likelihood calls for pro-active measure to be considered now.

Sam Lake is a Professor in Ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Most of his research career has focused on the ecology of freshwater ecosystems with an emphasis on the effects of disturbance, both natural and human-generated, on aquatic systems. More recently besides research on the effects of drought, he has been carrying out research on ecological restoration of degraded streams and rivers. He has co-authored four books and published over 200 papers.

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This seminar takes place in room 1, building 22 (22.01), Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University.