Fires and Forests with David Lindenmayer


Tuesday 10 March


5.30pm - 8.30pm
Strictly no entry after 6.00pm


Leopard Lodge, Melbourne Zoo (enter via rail gate)


Free. Bookings required - TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT.

Join Professor David Lindenmayer AO as he explores the science of recovery and environmental impacts in this exclusive seminar at Melbourne Zoo.


As an expert voice for wildlife conservation, Zoos Victoria is devastated by the impact of the bushfire crisis on wild species and their habitats. With the vast amount of misinformation about the recent bushfires, this seminar provides an opportunity to discuss what exactly these fires mean for ecosystems, wildlife and their environment.

Prof. Lindenmayer is a world-leading expert in natural resource management, conservation science and biodiversity conservation. Join David as he explores the science of fire and post-fire biodiversity recovery, drawing from the past 37 years of detailed fire and disturbance-related work encompassed over 220 scientific papers and 5 books.

With Zoos Victoria and WWF, this two-hour seminar will cover topics on climate change, hazard reduction burning, the science of species persistence and key ways to tackle fire and biodiversity protection problems. 

Doors open at 5.30pm and drinks are available for purchase at the bar.

This event will be AUSLAN interpreted. Priority seating will be available in the front row.

The program
5.30pm Doors and bar open (strictly no entry after 6.00pm)
6.00pm Introduction by Dr. Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria 
6.10pm Exploring the science of recovery with Prof. David Lindenmayer AO
7.00pm Bushfire impacts on threatened species - a case study on the Leadbeater's Possum with Dr. Dan Harley, Zoos Victoria Threatened Species Biologist
7.15pm Conservation advocacy with Tim Cronin, World Wildlife Fund Senior Manager Species Conservation
7.30pm Panel Q&A
8.00pm Seminar ends, networking opportunity
8.30pm Bar service ends and doors close


About the speakers

Professor David Lindenmayer AO

Prof. Lindenmayer is a world-leading expert in natural resource management, conservation science, and biodiversity conservation. His work on wildlife conservation has, for many years, led world research in this area. His areas of expertise include integrating farm production and environmental management, terrestrial ecology, wildlife and habitat management, environmental monitoring, fire management, zoology and forestry sciences.

Dr. Dan Harley

Dr. Dan Harley is an experienced ecologist and conservationist, specialising in urgent management interventions, developing strategic species objectives, and ensuring that the captive-breeding programs are strongly linked with in situ recovery measures. Dan has played a pivotal role in monitoring the last lowland population of Leadbeater’s Possum at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve for over 20 years.

Tim Cronin

Tim Cronin has over fifteen years’ experience in environmental conservation and sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on biodiversity, land use, natural resource governance and climate change across Australia and South East Asia. He currently leads WWF-Australia’s Species Conservation Program, targeting key threats to flagship species both domestically and across the Asia Pacific.

Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund

Zoos Victoria are leading the response to injured and threatened wildlife and we need your help to raise much-needed emergency funds.