Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursdays from 2 Feb to 23 Nov 2017, 12.30 pm — Theatrette

Learn about Australian native plants and other aspects of the natural world.

Thursday talks at lunchtime cover a diverse range of topics.

They are aimed at a well-informed general audience and everyone is welcome.

Thursday 19 October – Murray crayfish as icons of healthy streams

Associate Professor Christopher Fulton & Ms Mae Noble

Chris and Mae, aquatic ecologists at the Australian National University, will explain why this iconic species can be an effective indicator of riverine health, and be a flagship for community efforts to conserve freshwater streams in south-east Australia.

Thursday 26 October – The Wonders of the Pilbara

Mary Lovett

Mary, a volunteer guide at the Gardens, will talk on the significant biodiversity in the Pilbara of W.A.

Thursday 2 November – The night shift: moths of the ACT

Dr Ted Edwards

Ted, a Lepidopterist, CSIRO Fellow, and author, will reveal what is known – and just as importantly, what is not known – about some of the moths in the ACT; a home rich in moth fauna.

Thursday 9 November – How trees surprise us

Associate Professor Cris Brack

Cris will encourage us to wonder about a future where trees could provide many of society’s needs. Trees produce some beautiful wood, but they can also produce some incredible things too.

Thursday 16 November – All things Range ring true and Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Dan Carmody

Dan is a Visitor Services Ranger at the ANBG, whose talk will reveal his experiences of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Park’s flora, fauna, and one of the world’s oldest living cultures still managing the land today.

Thursday 23 November – The Urban Frontier: Rethinking ecological opportunities in a changing world

Dr Darren Leroux

Darren, an Environmental Project Officer with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, will argue from recent urban ecology research for new and new and exciting restoration and conservation strategies for cities.

Thursday 30 November – All the buzz on Australia’s secret gardeners

Dr Bryan Lassard

Bryan, an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO, will challenge many of the popular myths about Australian flies, and emphasise their status as essential pollinators of (and composters for) many iconic Australian plants.

Queries to Doug: Doug Laing, email


Thursdays from 2 Feb to 23 Nov 2017, 12.30 pm




Entry by donation