The Law Faculty’s Professor Jan McDonald and PhD candidate Phillipa McCormack are part of a multidisciplinary team that formed after the 2016 international Species on the Move conference. The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. The conference targeted scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.
The team have recently published papers in Science (available here) and Biological Reviews (available here) about the environmental and human impacts of climate‑driven species redistributions. Earlier this month, female researchers from that team, including Jan and Phillipa, submitted an entry in the 2017 Sun Foundation Women in Science Prize competition. It was announced last week that the team won the Earth, Environment & Space Category, with a prize of $20,000! The prize will be used to employ a grant writer to secure funding for the next Species on the Move conference in South Africa. The team aims to provide travel grants for women, people from developing countries, Indigenous participants, early career researchers, and parents with primary carer responsibilities to attend and contribute to this rapidly developing research field.