1-3 December

Torquay Victoria

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AWMS 2010 Keynotes



Tim Low is an environmental consultant, conservationist and prize-winning author of six books, including the internationally published Feral Future. He has written climate change reports for the federal government, Queensland government, Murray Darling Basin Authority and local councils. He has served on the federal environment minister’s advisory committee, helped found the Invasive Species Council, and wrote a column for Nature Australia magazine for 20 years. He has also discovered several new lizard species. 

bkrAssociate Professor Brian K Reilly is currently associate professor in the Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. He holds a masters degree from University of Pretoria and a PhD in Nature Conservation from Stellenbosch University. Previously, Brian spent time with South African National Parks and Gauteng Directorate of Nature Conservation. He has published widely on wildlife monitoring and management, and, with Paul DeGeorges, has recently published a seven volume work on Conservation and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is visiting AWMS as president of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association.

Professor Marcel Klaassen is the Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology, which was established in early 2010. Before coming to Australia and joining Deakin, Marcel was Head of Department for Plant-Animal Interactions at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. Since finishing his PhD at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1992, Marcel has developed a broad research interests including studies on numerous animal, plant and even microbe taxa.  Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on bird migration and nutritional ecology issues including: mathematical modelling of migration strategies, population dynamics and conservation strategies for waterbirds; the ecology of migratory birds and its relevance to the spread of influenza viruses; reserve dynamics and nutritional ecology of waterfowl, waders and marsupials; the impact of waterbirds on aquatic systems; linking breeding and wintering grounds and resolving migration routes using stable isotopes and satellite telemetry. Marcel’s research has been conducted in many countries worldwide and he has both an extensive research network and publication list.  He is an associate editor of the international journals Evolutionary Ecology and The Auk and is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Comparative Physiology B. For details see

Dr Rosie Cooney (Bsc (Hons)/LLB (Hons) PhD (Cantab)) is a specialist in international and national biodiversity-related policy, including analysis, design, and development through stakeholder consultation processes. She has seven years experience working for major international environment and sustainable development NGOs on biodiversity policy, covering a wide range of issues from international wildlife trade, fisheries, the relationship between biodiversity and livelihoods/poverty, and biodiversity and sustainable development. This work has involved close engagement with a wide variety of national government agencies, international bodies, and private sector interests. One particular area of expertise is the interpretation and application of the precautionary principle in biodiversity/NRM, and she co-edited (with Barney Dickson) the first book addressing this with respect to biodiversity “Biodiversity and the Precautionary Principle: Risk and Uncertainty in Conservation and Sustainable Use” (Earthscan, London). A further focus is approaches to biodiversity conservation based on sustainable use of wildlife by communities or the private sector, and she is an active member of IUCN’s Sustainable Use Specialist Group. She currently teaches international environmental law at the Australian National University as well as carrying out a range of research projects and consultancies for national and Australian government, private sector and non-governmental organisations. ;