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CANCELLED - TCotA Forum - Peter Davies - CANCELLED


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

27 Mar 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

27 Mar 2015 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Peter DaviesPeter Davies is an aquatic ecologist with more than 35 years' experience. He has a passion for rivers and wetlands and how we understand, value and protect them.

Peter was the country's science coordinator and manager for the National River Health Initiative for 10 years; chief scientist and chair of the Sustainable Rivers Audit for the Murray Darling Basin for another decade; and designed and led the development of Tasmania's Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystem Values framework. He now leads the development of systematic aquatic conservation in the Murray Darling Basin, and is the Science Advisor to the Murray Darling Basin Authority and Chair of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder's Science Advisory Panel. Peter is also Australia's observer and reviewer for the - European Commission Water Framework Directive on river health and environmental water management; the US EPA's Phosphorus in Water Quality program; and played lead roles in building capacity in the Indonesian EPA's river condition and assessment initiatives.

Peter has researched the biology of native freshwater fish, crayfish and invertebrate communities; the impact of land and water use on river and estuary ecology; and led the conservation of numerous aquatic species, including rescuing the Lake Pedder Galaxias from extinction. He has served as conservation member on the Forest Practices Board, the Threatened Species Science Advisory Panel and the National Water Commission's Environmental Watering Committee.

Peter firmly believes in community engagement, running countless field days with community groups, schools, Landcare, Waterwatch and NGOs. He provides expert advice and training to the hydro, forestry, irrigation and mining industries and to farmers on river management and conservation. Peter has become increasingly involved in science-related art initiatives, including MONA Heavy Metals, and is catalysing the development of a landscape art component with the TCotA tied to Greening Australia's Midland Restoration Project.

In 2012 Peter was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for 'service to conservation and the environment as a contributor to national water policy development and through research of Australia's rivers and waterways'

In his Arts Forum presentation Peter will explore themes of science cultures, concepts, languages and engagements from the viewpoint of his 35 years of scientific practice in aquatic ecology and environmental science. All this with an eye to stimulating discussion on intersections in the art-science space as he moves into a Scientist In Residence engagement with the College. He will recap his own personal journey through science (his 'ontogeny') and explore some key concepts germane to both science and art practice that have emerged during some of his applied research projects.

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.