Plenaries

We’re extremely fortunate to have an stellar line-up of plenary speakers for our next conference. These influential voices will provide unique and interesting perspectives on Victorian biodiversity. Check out their bios to get a better sense of what you can expect from their sessions.

Dr Euan Ritchie

Topic: Conserving species and hope amidst Earth’s 6th mass extinction event

Dr Euan Ritchie is an Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. He has published over 140 scientific articles related with biodiversity conservation, wildlife ecology, ecosystem management and environmental policy. His work has a strong focus on predators and their ecological roles, invasive species, fire ecology, and the ecology, conservation and management of Australian mammals. He was part of a research team whose work on the dingo won the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research in 2013 and was named as one of the Australian Chief Scientist’s ‘Science Superheroes’. He is the director of the Ecology Society of Australia's Media Working Group, Deputy Convenor of Deakin University's Science and Society Network, and a passionate and prolific science communicator. He has written over 50 articles for The Conversation, read more than 1 million times. Euan has been very fortunate that his work has taken him to remote rainforests in Papua New Guinea, ponds in North America, Romania’s bear-filled forests, and savannas, woodland and deserts across Australia, among many other wonderful environments.

Minda Murray

Minda is a proud Yorta Yorta Duduroa woman. She has spent the most part of her life on country along the Murray River, enjoying learning about culture and the environment. 

Minda has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and 12 years in the environmental management sector in the Victorian public service, catchment management authorities and Aboriginal organisations. She studied a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at ANU whilst working in Victoria in Aboriginal Policy and Strategy for the Victorian State government.

Minda also participated in the Indigenous Governance Program at Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona in 2020, before moving to the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research to embark on a PhD in Aboriginal self-determination and agreement making in her home state of Victoria.

 

Chris McCormack

Managing Director at Remember The Wild 

Chris is co-founder and managing director of Australia’s first nature connection charity, Remember The Wild. He has a background in ecology and marine biology, and is currently studying a PhD in conservation psychology; investigating the links between narrative and connection with nature. Chris is a passionate communicator who enjoys telling stories about the natural world through a variety of mediums, including; film, podcasts, and more.

Plenary speaker #4 announcing soon!

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