French and Australian researchers unite to tackle biodiversity loss

Presenting her research on the impact of a changing climate on plant and animal diversity and the economic cost to humans. - JPEG Dr Sandra Lavorel from the National Ecological Institute at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS, addressed a crowd of almost 100 members of the public at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra.

Dr Sandra Lavorel presenting at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra. - JPEGDuring the public seminar Dr Sandra Lavorel shared results of her research that is addressing how the diversity of plants and animals is critical to humans, how climate change is threatening the environment and how we can respond to these impacts.

This year Dr Lavorel is working in Canberra with a team of researcher’s at Australia’s national research organisation, CSIRO. Dr Lavorl noted that the effects of climate change and environmental degradation are already being seen in iconic Australian environments, such as coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and changes of water availability for irrigation and wildlife in the Murray-Darling Basin.

(L-R): Ms Marie-Hélène Wehr, Attaché for Science & Technolog; Mr Eric Soulier, Head of Education, Science & Technology, Embassy of France; Dr Sandra Lavorel, CNRS; Dr Craig James, Science Theme Leader, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences; Dr Kristen Williams, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO; Dr John Oakeshott, Chief Scientist, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. - JPEG In collaboration with scientists from CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship, Dr Lavorel is working to understand and implement new approaches to ecosystem and biodiversity management to maintain or enhance their benefits to society under a changing climate.

Dr Lavorel is a highly distinguished scientist, earlier this year CNRS awarded Dr Lavorel a silver medal for research excellence. Dr Lavorel is also a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic and has received awards, among others, from the French Academy of Science, the American Academy of Science, and the French Academy of Agriculture.

Dernière modification : 02/12/2013

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