Aug/Sept updates

The Insect Ecology Lab hosted Nicholas Aebischer and John Holland from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK from the 31st July to the 10th August 2012. The visit included three seminars at UNE, and lab members: Graham Hall, Michelle Yates and Rachel Waugh showing the colleagues potential sites including farm ecosystems around North West NSW for future collaborative projects.

Nigel Andrew, Michelle Yates and Matt Binns, presented research findings at the XXIV International Congress of Entomology in Daegu, South Korea 20th-24th August where over 2200 international delegates attended. Nigel also moderated a session at the conference: Session title: Ecology- Climate change effects.

Nigel was also part of the successful consortium that attracted NeCTAR funding for The Biodiversity & Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (based at Griffith University). The key outcome of the Biodiversity & Climate Change Virtual Laboratory is an innovative, efficient, robust portfolio of integrated tools, data collections and access portals for modelling the potential responses of Australia’s biodiversity to climate change through an easy-to-use, web-based platform with advanced visualisations.

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