Principal Investigators’ Meetings

About the Principal Investigators’ Meetings

NCCARF has been conducting Principal Investigators’ Meetings for all Adaptation Research Grant funded projects. The two terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity meetings were held back-to-back so that PI’s and stakeholders could attend both events and gain a thorough overview of NCCARF’s research portfolio in the terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity space.

The aim was to:
•    bring together Principal Investigators and stakeholders;
•    draw out synergies and linkages between the projects and project teams and to share ideas, challenges and approaches;
•    share knowledge with stakeholders and begin the process of outreach and wide engagement;
•    explore opportunities for cooperation in terms of data sharing and coordinated stakeholder engagement and information dissemination.

For workshop discussions please download the workshop notes or view available workshop presentations below.

Melbourne University, Union House - 14 and 15 May 2012

Freshwater Biodiversity Principal Investigator Meeting

From impacts to adaptation

Impacts of elevated temperature and CO2 on the critical processes underpinning resilience of aquatic ecosystems.
FW1105 John Beardall

Predicting water quality and ecological responses to a changing climate: informing adaptation initiatives.
FW1102 Fiona Dyer

Joining the dots: integrating climate and hydrological projections with freshwater ecosystem values to  develop adaptation options for conserving freshwater biodiversity.
FW1103 Peter Davies


Identification and characterization of freshwater refugia in the face of climate change.
FW1107 Jeremy VanDerWal

Novel methods for managing freshwater refuges against climate change in southern Australia.
FW1101 Belinda Robson

Information needs and goals for management

Adapting to climate change: a risk assessment and decision framework for managing groundwater dependent ecosystems with declining water levels.
FW1108 Jane Chambers

Building the climate resilience of arid zone freshwater biota: identifying and prioritising processes and scales for management.
FW1106 Jenny Davis

Adaptive management of Ramsar wetlands.
FW1104 Richard Kingsford

Contributing to a sustainable future for Australia’s biodiversity under climate change: conservation goals for dynamic management of ecosystems.
FW1109 Michael Dunlop

Terrestrial Biodiversity Principal Investigator Meeting


Determining future invasive plant threats under climate change: an interactive decision tool for managers.
TB1105 Rachael Gallagher

Determining high risk vegetation communities and plant species in relation to climate change in the Australian alpine region.
TB1107 Catherine Pickering

Climate-resilient vegetation of multi-use landscapes: exploiting genetic variability in widespread species.
TB1103 Dorothy Steane


Developing management strategies to mitigate increased coextinction rates of plant-dwelling insects through global climate change.
TB1106 Peter Vesk

Adaptation strategies for Australian birds.
TB1104 Stephen Garnett

Landscape scale adaptation

The role of refugia in ecosystem resilience and maintenance of terrestrial biodiversity in the face of global climate change.
TB1108 Stephen Williams

Optimal habitat protection and restoration for climate adaptation.
TB1102 Ramona Maggini

The architecture of resilient landscapes: scenario modelling to reveal best-practice design principles for climate adaptation.
TB1101 Veronica Doerr

Adapted future landscapes – from aspiration to implementation.
TB1109 Mark Siebentritt