Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management
Great Southern International Colloquium on Biodiversity - Life on Granite Outcrops
On the 19 - 20 February 2016 the International Colloquium on Biodiversity took place with two events; a day of talks at the Kalyenup Studio, Albany Entertainment Centre and a public field trip led by Winthrop Professor Steve Hopper AC and other local and international guest scientists.
What happened at the Colloquium
The topic for the 2016 Colloquium, 'Life on Granite Outcrops' proved to be most interesting. Guest speakers covered aspects of specialised flora and fauna as well as hydrology and also relationships that exist in Noongar culture associated with granite outcrop locations.
The Public Colloquium on Friday 19 February was well attended and resulted in an enjoyable day of informative talks and discussions with leading international scientists.
Eugene Eades (Nowanup) began the day with a wonderful introduction to granite outcrops, a noongar perspective and Welcome to Country and a song with his niece Justice. Lunch and morning/ afternoon teas provided another excellent opportunity for attendees to meet the experts and continue discussions while enjoying the fabulous catering provided by the Albany Entertainment Centre.
International guest speakers, Dr Peggy L. Fiedler (University of California), Dr Fernando A. O. Silveira (University Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil) and Professor Stefan Porembski (University of Rostock) presented their work on granite rock environments. Copies of their presentations are below.
You can also view Winthrop Professor Steve Hopper AC, University of Western Australia presentation on the very interesting Karda Mia and wilgie gnamma (goanna shelters and red ochre pools).
Bus Excursion and Field Day to Albany’s spectacular granite outcrops
It was a perfect day for Saturday’s field trip which began at Lake Pleasant View Noongar Reserve where Vernice Gillies and Larry Blight led a very informative tour of the granites overlooking Lake Pleasant, Manypeaks.
They talked about the history of the area and how the traditional owners managed the land through use of mosaic fire regimes. They also talked about the many fascinating cultural traditions that have occurred at this location.
Lunch was held at Stony Hill, Torndirrup National Park, and the afternoon was spent at the Quaranup teaching rock, Whalers Cove and finished at Mt Melville in Albany where attendees were fully engaged in listening to stories of granite outcrops history and significance and also in sharing their own knowledge and interests with the group.
The International Colloquium on Biodiversity, Life on Granite outcrops was sponsored by the Great Southern Development Commission and The University of Western Australia.
- Great Southern Development Commission
- Centre of Excellence for Natural Resource Management, The University of Western Australia
On behalf of the University of Western Australia and the Great Southern Development Commission, the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the event and helped to make it a successful, informative and inspiring event. We hope that this will be the first of many International Colloquia on Biodiversity that CENRM will have the privilege of hosting.
Great Southern Science Council
The Great Southern Science Council was established in late 2011. Following a call for nominations for membership, eight councillors were appointed and first met early in 2012.
The members of the Council agreed on the following objectives.
Within the scope and purpose of the Council in the region:
- Through consultation with relevant organisations, identify the needs, knowledge gaps and capacities and set priorities for science
- Establish links with universities with a view to attracting postgraduate students and undergraduates
- Offer mentoring and encouragement to scientists, including those studying for higher degrees and those beginning their careers
- Improve communication between scientists and local communities
- Assist the attraction of resources for scientific research, development and education in the region
- Encourage the teaching of science in schools and further education
- Encourage cross-disciplinary research, especially between scientists working in different organisations and between the natural and social sciences
- Advocate and provide advice to governments, industry, science institutions and community
- Listen, liaise, debate, consider and represent active and effective science.
Arjen Ryder Memorial Scholarship
Mr Arjen Ryder, 54, and his wife Yvonne, 53, were two of the West Australians who lost their lives on flight MH17 in the Ukraine plane disaster.
The Albany couple were returning from a seven-week holiday in France and Holland. They leave behind three children Robyn, 31, Drew, 27, and Tiffany, 24.
Arjen was healthy, active and sporty and enjoyed running cycling, playing soccer and sailing. Arjen was a recent member of the Albany Cycling Club. Both Arjen and Yvonne were strong Christians and members of the Free Reformed Church. The couple had been residents of the Albany area for 25 years.
Arjen Ryder came into agriculture as a graduate of Muresk. He worked as senior technical officer at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) where he worked closely with farmers to rehabilitate saline land across vast tracks of WA’s south coast.
Arjen co-authored several books and published research papers on salinity. He was due to return to Albany to receive his 30 years of service award. Yvonne was a special needs teacher at John Calvin School for more than 10 years.
Following the memorial service in July it was clear that a lot of people, friends, co-workers, farmers, and others in the industry and community who were touched by Arjen and the MH17 event were keen to express their feelings towards something positive.
As a result the family have sought our assistance in setting up an Arjen Ryder Memorial Scholarship for students studying agriculture and with practical application in the region. The scholarship will be awarded to a student living in the Albany region who is studying at the UWA Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management. The scholarship will reflect Arjen’s expertise in soil biology, particularly dryland salinity.
Making a donation
Family, friends, colleagues and community are invited to make a donation to the Scholarship in Memory of Arjen Ryder by online giving (by selecting student support then the scholarship name) or by completing a donation form. All donations to UWA are tax-deductible, and 100 per cent of the donations will be used for the purpose for which they are intended. No administration costs are deducted.
The donation form can be downloaded here:
Arjen Ryder Memorial Scholarship (PDF 602KB)
Arjen Ryder Memorial Scholarship (DOC 757KB)
Thank you to the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) for his financial support.
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