An international ecologist,
author and academic is visiting UWA Centre of Excellence
in Natural Resource Management in Albany throughout February and March
Professor Robert Naiman presented a public lecture as part of
the UWA Albany Skywest Lecture Series on his research examining ecological
processes in rivers and floodplains of the North American coastal rainforests
and the savannas of southern Africa.
While at CENRM Professor Naiman has also
presented to UWA students enrolled in the Ecosystem Restoration class who were
in Albany for ten days of intensive classes and field work.
CENRM academic staff will work with Professor Naiman to develop ideas around the broad theme of developing adaptation
strategies for southwestern Australia's unique biodiversity under impact from
Professor Naiman is a professor in the College
of Ocean and Fishery Sciences and the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Rivers at the
University of Washington.
His current research interests revolve
nutrients delivered via migrating Pacific salmon and their effects on riparian
vegetation, as well as the environmental consequences of changing water
regimes. His underlying philosophy is that effective decisions are founded on a
balance of environmental and cultural principles.
"It is very exciting for CENRM staff to be
able to engage directly with a leading academic such as Professor Naiman", said Professor Peter Davies, Director of CENRM.
"We hope to be able to have Bob regularly
visit UWA and Albany over the next few years", he said.