A low angle shot of a group of tall leafy trees.
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Urban Ecology in a Changing Climate

Presented by Chatswood Library
Free - No Ticket Required

How can we protect ecological systems in urban environments?

Join Dr Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez, from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University, for a freewheeling discussion on urban ecology.

Discover how the successes and failures of urban plantings are used to improve urban planning and secure urban ecosystems in a changing climate.

Dr Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the project “Which Plant Where”. The “Which Plant Where” project aims to find out which plants are unlikely to thrive under the more extreme climates that Australian cities face; learn from past successes; and stress-test major landscape species to find opportunities to plant new species and varieties.

Dr Esperon-Rodriguez did his PhD at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His project assessed the vulnerability to climate change of the cloud forest in Mexico. His research mainly focused on plant ecophysiological responses to climate change; he also assessed socio-economic vulnerability in the region. He is skilled in plant ecology, urban ecology, vulnerability, environmental awareness, climate change, and climatology.

This event is part of Inspiring Australia’s Talking Science series as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.