THURSDAY TALK 'Understanding the impacts of fire on koalas and their habitat' - Dr Karen Ford & Dr Kara Youngentob

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Thursday, 18 February 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Karen Ford & Dr Kara Youngentob ‘Understanding the impacts of fire on koalas and their habitat’.

This talk, which will be held in the Telstra Tower Theatrette is about monitoring resident and rehabilitated koalas in the Monaro region to guide decisions about the management and conservation of koalas after fire. 

Dr Karen Ford

Karen Ford is a Research Fellow in the Research School of Biology at the ANU.  In addition to investigating the impacts of fire on koalas, she is currently working on a project funded by the NSW Natural Resources Commission to better understand how regeneration forestry on the NSW North Coast influences habitat quality for koalas.

Prior to this, Karen worked on a variety of research projects, including why captive koalas are “picky eaters”, how variation in the nutritional quality of eucalypts in the landscape affects the distribution of eucalypt-eating marsupials, the role of the microbiome in influencing the feeding choices of koalas, and how hot weather affects food quality and diet selection. She completed a PhD on the nutritional ecology of eucalypt-feeding marsupials at the ANU in 2006.

Dr Kara Youngentob completed a PhD in Environment from the Australian National University in 2010 and a MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2004.

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