Rachel Morgain has recently started as Knowledge Broker with the NESP TSR Hub. She comes to the Hub with experience working at the interface of research
and policy, through roles with the Australian Government and most recently at the Australian Academy of Science.
In her past, Rachel researched environmental anthropology and science communication, including the social aspects of environmental change and biodiversity conservation in the US, Australia and the Pacific.
As Knowledge Broker, she will be working closely with the Hub’s project and theme leaders, land management organisations as well as representatives from state and federal government to raise the profile of the TSR Hub’s work and build bridges that help better integrate research, policy and practice. “This will involve strengthening engagement between researchers, policy leaders and land managers, understanding emerging policy priorities, and developing knowledge products tailored for different purposes from the Hub’s cutting-edge research.”
Over coming months, Rachel will meet with Hub project and theme leaders, researchers, representatives from the Department of the Environment and Energy and other stakeholders to clarify priorities for extending the Hub’s knowledge exchange and engagement processes.
She hopes to learn about emerging research from across the Hub and about the research priorities and knowledge-needs of policy makers and land managers. She is also working closely with the communications team to refine the Hub’s communications strategies and extend the reach and influence of threatened species research.
Professor John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University discusses the importance of averting extinctions of less charismatic animals.
The 2019–20 wildfires have severely impacted animals of all major species groups. Here, national experts on mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and freshwater fish and crayfish present some of the key challenges for each group and how these will influence management and research priorities in the aftermath of the fires.
Cultural fire management is the way that Indigenous people have used fire to care for Country for thousands of years, and it continues today. The devastation wreaked by the 2019–20 bushfires across millions of hectares was a wake-up call for Australia and the world. Oliver Costello from the Firesticks Alliance explains how the fires demonstrated the need to listen to and care for Country.
Australia has one of the highest rates of plant endemism of any country globally. After the catastrophic fire season of 2019–20, Dr Rachael Gallagher and Professor David Keith are leading two teams to find out which species and ecological communities are most in need of immediate recovery.
The 2019–20 bushfires burnt over 12 million hectares of south-eastern and south-western Australia, causing abrupt losses of biodiversity at a scale never seen before. Over a billion animals were estimated to have died, but the figure is likely much higher. The Australian Government’s Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel is guiding the work of prioritising species and ecological communities for emergency interventions and determining what those actions should be. Hub Deputy Director and Expert Panel member Professor Sarah Legge takes us though the hows and whys of this prioritisation, and some of its challenges.