Paul Sattler OAM: “A Conservation Memoir”
Paul is a biologist and former President of the Royal Society. His published 219-page work Five Million Hectares: A Conservation Memoir is available online here (11.5MB). The work is a highly readable and informative story of the author’s professional journey and, in particular, the major expansion of Queensland’s national park estate, particularly in the 1990s. The memoir is recommended reading for any scientist or policy officer involved in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem mapping and, indeed, nature conservation generally – as well as those looking for insight into political and bureaucratic events within the nature conservation sector during the period. The Society is delighted to be able to make this landmark report available to an international audience through this website and to publish a summary in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland vol. 119. The Society also published his address in accepting the 2015 Gatton College Gold Medal – see Proceedings volume 121.
Paul Sattler updated the memoir in May 2018 – the version available here.
Former Minister Pat Comben has written an appreciative review in The Courier-Mail.
Alan Lauder: Carbon Stocks and Flows
Carbon grazing refers to management of pastoral land in a way that maximises carbon flows. Carbon flows at different speeds through ecosystems, including through livestock. An understanding of this principle changes one’s approach to land management. Graziers need to be harvesting only the surplus, not the means by which a usable surplus is generated. They should harvest what resides above ground after adequate carbon has flowed to all parts of the landscape, such as after rain. This approach will ensure future animal production and ongoing environmental resilience.
Alan’s pioneering insights into the management of pastoral landscapes by timing – dynamic management of carbon production – are explained in his book Carbon Grazing which is to be published on the Carbon Stocks and Flows page of this site soon, along with an update and other explanatory material.
Dr Bill Laurance
Dr Bill Laurance, Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) based at James Cook University, in an article published in The Conversation, “The world’s forests will collapse if we don’t learn to say ‘no’”, has drawn attention to the ongoing destruction of the world’s forests.
Corinne Unger: Mine rehabilitation
Corinne Unger is a Churchill Fellow and an international expert on mine rehabilitation and closure planning, abandoned mine management and post-mining land use.
After a distinguished career within the public service, she has taken up study for a doctorate at the University of Queensland. She reports that there is a growing interest in the closure of operating mines and the rehabilitation of abandoned mines in Australia and Queensland. A collection of her publications and other related material appears on a separate page.
Ray Specht – 70 years of active research
Prof Specht celebrated fifty years as a Member of the Royal Society of Queensland in 2017. In 2018 he is still drafting manuscripts, marking a career of seventy years of active research.
Please refer to Ray Specht – Retrospective page for more insights into his remarkable career and a forthcoming bibliography of some of his published work.