EES Lecturer presents National Biodiversity Network keynote address

Dr Cecilia Medupin

Dr Cecilia Medupin, a Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), has delivered the keynote address at the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Conference 2020.

Entitled 'Changing times, biodiversity, freshwater quality and protection', the lecture explored the changing times in view of how we can effectively protect our planet and our environment in ways that are inclusive and integrative.

Without effective measures to conserve and protect biodiversity and its components in a sustainable manner, the future we seek for ourselves and the generations to come could be bleak. Dr Medupin's keynote address explored the sensitivity of aquatic macroinvertebrates (considered important organisms in the aquatic ecosystem), their ability to inform aquatic health and the challenges posed by human impact on the assemblage structure and composition.

By dimensioning existing management options, the talk provided insight into strategies needed to sustainably manage, protect, or restore biodiversity, including freshwater aquatic organisms for the future - including the role of public engagement and inclusion.

Dr Medupin's expertise is in understanding and managing water quality and ecology of urban watercourses - and her talk drew much praise from participants on Twitter. Extracts included:

-"I appreciate Dr Medupin linking the need for peace and the sustainability goals with biodiversity and ecology work. These connections in our work are so important in science/life and it's great to hear it said out loud."

-"Just wanted to say thank you for an inspiring talk - we really need to do more to invite more people into our circle. Loved the idea of inviting students from other disciplines to have a go at fieldwork. Who doesn't like a pond dip?"

-"It was so inspirational, thank you!"

-"Wonderful talk!"

Read more about Dr Medupin's address on the NBN website.


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