by north-west, a botanical journey from Hornsby to the Kimberley"
Dowden is the director of Skybrook
Technical Writing. Prior to this, he was a biochemist working
in the field of cell-surface proteins and cancer research. Graham
has a particular interest in the botany of the Kimberley and the
Sydney basin, where his pursuits have led to discoveries of numerous
populations of rare plants, with contributions to the Hornsby
Shire Council Herbarium, Atlas
of NSW Wildlife, and Western
Australian Herbarium. Graham spent 6 months at the Mornington
Sanctuary in the Kimberley region and will talk about his work
with the Kimberley flora and the on-line herbarium that he created.
are the historical changes in Sydney's Bird Communities:
What are the main drivers?"
is a terrestrial ecologist with the Australian Museum and
has been closely involved with the “Birds
in Backyards” programme. His research interests
a member of the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society
and has a keen interest in native freshwater fish (he is a member
of the Australia & New Guinea Fishes Association) and has
a garden full of unusual and, often difficult to grow, native
will explain how to establish an attractive healthy pond, using
Australian fish and plants including basic pond and planting guidelines,
natural ponds, fish, frogs and other animals, plant types including
those indigenous to the Sydney region, and aquatic weeds. Water
plants will be on sale.
modern botanist's molecular toolbox "
is a conservation geneticist with the Royal Botanic Gardens and
works on the evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics
of native plants. His current interest is in Australian rainforest
habitats and the development and application of new molecular
approaches that support innovative evolutionary and conservation
research on the Australian flora. Maurizio is researching the
biogeography and ecology of ELAEOCARPACEAE and CUNONIACEAE and
is involved with a multi-species recovery planning programme for
the Border ranges.
be too perturbed by the technical sounding nature of this talk
as Maurizio will explain DNA sequencing in laywoman's terms and
how it has revolutionised the approach to systematics. Perhaps,
after this you will have a clearer idea of why plant names keep
changing every other week!
Conservation in NSW"
Makinson is a conservation botanist with the Royal Botanic
Gardens Trust in Sydney. Before that, he spent 10 years as curator
at the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra. Bob is a specialist
in the taxonomy of Grevillea, Muehlenbeckia and Astrotricha. I
notice that Bob has a Grevillea named after him: Grevillea
an ecologist with the NSW Department of Environment & Climate
Change who has spent many years undertaking research and conservation
management projects on both plants and animals in heathland communities.
of New Guinea"
is a botanist and manager of the Plant Diversity Section at the
Royal Botanic Gardens. Barry has been spending a lot of time undertaking
botanical research in New Guinea and will talk about his work
over there. He has been developing an interactive identification
key to trees of Papua New Guinea. He also specialises in the systematics
of LAMIACEAE, LOGANIACEAE, URTICACEAE and XYRIDACEAE.
of the high arctic"
a series of talks to the Group by Alec, a long time member, on
unusual plants in unusual places. He recently visited the high
Arctic (80° N) to see the profusion of flowering plants of
diverse form and colour, all in miniature, which appear for a
brief time when snows melt on the flats between glaciers, mountains
and the ocean. The signs of the massive slaughter of whale and
walrus in the past and, currently, of global warming add visual
impact to the story of the region, past and present.
Landscape and Vegetation of the Sydney Basin"
is the author of the book Sydney's Natural World - a production
that was inspired by the purchase of a digital camera. John was
born in Cornwall and came to Australia in 1970 after mapping in
the Rift Valley of Kenya for his PhD in geology. Although he has
lived in Sydney since 1979, much of his fieldwork as a minerals
exploration geologist over the last thirty years has been in Western
Australia. John's first experience of spring in the goldfields
left him stunned by the colour and variety of the flowers in the
bushland. It was the beginning of a lifetime enthusiasm for Australia's
flora and fauna. Moving to Sydney he was amazed by the beauty
and variety of landscape and wild habitats within and around the
city's suburbs. He has been exploring, mapping and photographing
Sydney's natural world ever since. John has been on the STEP committee
since 1986 and has been responsible for the production of three
walking maps and a field guide to Sydney bushland.
December 12th - Christmas Party
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