RGSQ Lecture Series - Inaugural Ken Sutton Lecture
Since European occupation of Australia, human activities have caused the dramatic decline and sometimes extinction of many of the continent’s unique species. In his lecture, Professor James Watson will describe the causes of the decline and extinction, and explain how Australia’s biodiversity crisis is very different to the crisis being felt elsewhere.
“What becomes of Australia’s biodiversity in the contemporary era?”
the inaugural Ken Sutton lecture will be delivered by Professor James Watson - 2018 Ken Sutton award recipient
awarded for his outstanding contribution to geography and globally recognised work in conservation
Cost: Entry Free
Venue: University of Queensland, Steele Building, Room 206
Refreshments: after the lecture, in the Global Change Institute, adjacent to Steele Building.
RSVP: by September 26
James is a Professor at University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and is passionate about Australian conservation, especially when it comes to saving its most imperilled species. He leads the Green Fire Science research group; serves on several United Nations programs including, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; the Environment Program and the Global Programme on Nature for Development. He was also the founding chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature climate change specialist group.
The Ken Sutton Trust
Geographical Education, Scholarship and Research
Ken Sutton B.Ed., F.R.G.S., F.R.F.S.A., M.A.C.E. was prominent in geographical education in Queensland and Australia. A geography teacher for many years, he was a founder of the Geography Teachers Association of Queensland and served as its President from 1972 to 1974. He was also founder of the Australian Geography Teachers Association of which he was President from 1974 to 1976. From 1983 to 1985 Ken Sutton was President of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland) Inc.
The Ken Sutton Trust, established via a bequest from the Ken Sutton estate in 1988, is dedicated to providing a platform for the best Geographical or Geographical Education work in Australia to be promoted through an endowed lecture mini-series and publication. The prize is awarded for the most exciting new research in a geographical field or geographical education undertaken by an Australian geographer.
The Trust serves as an everlasting reminder of Ken Sutton's legacy in geographical education.