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Stories from our people and their impact around Australia: featuring ILWS researchers

Due to our many regional locations, Charles Sturt’s podcast recordings range from phone, to studio, to in-person recordings, leading to some natural variance in recording sound.

In 2020, is the environment headed for disaster? Or is it already here?

From the Australian bushfires to an unprecedented pandemic, 2020 has been a year of shocks. Do we have the solutions? And are there opportunities? Our academics and students talk about what we can do to truly change the way we treat our environment.

Ep 1: Andrew Peters, the COVID-19 virus and what we know for sure

Andrew Peters“Birds and bats are one of the dominant invertebrate groups on earth, they go everywhere and surround us in our lives, so it’s not that surprising that there’s enough overlap every now and then for diseases to spill over…The reality is, we need to isolate the risk and deal with that. We can become so obsessed with wet markets but the last global pandemic arose from the North American pig industry, which was swine flu.”

Dr Andrew Peters discusses his career to date and how birds and bats can contribute to the spillover of virus and disease to humans. What are the social, physical and environmental factors contributing? What do we really need to worry about and why did COVID-19 spill over, while lots of other viruses don’t?

Andrew worked as a veterinarian after graduating in 2004, based initially at a mixed practice on the north coast of NSW and then at a bird, reptile and wildlife focused practice in Sydney. In 2009 he left practice to focus on research, doing a PhD at Charles Sturt University. He spent four years catching wild migratory birds, living in remote parts of northern Australia and Papua New Guinea and doing phylogenetic analyses in the lab in order to examine the relationship between people, the diverse native pigeon species of Australasia and a particular group of single-celled parasites.

Episode recorded: 1 May 2020
Host: Jess Mansour-Nahra, Charles Sturt Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Ep 4: Lee Baumgartner, from fish kills to bushfires to COVID-19 - what's next?

Lee Baumgartner“You might not have realised but there’s a war between the northern basin and southern basin. There’s already people talking about ‘Why should they get more water than we get water?’ If I look overseas, I do a lot of work in the Mekong and Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are impacted by what happens in China, the upstream country…the water wars are already starting. What is the one thing people need to live? Good quality water.”

Professor Baumgartner reflects on the Menindee fish kills one year on, the impact of the 2019-2020 bushfires on our water systems, and where we’re headed as our unrelenting desire for water impacts those around us.

Professor Lee Baumgartner is a Freshwater Fish Ecologist who designs, supervises and undertakes into various aspects of the biology and ecology of freshwater fish. His research has been in several broad areas, including fish passage and fish migration, dietary interactions among native fish species, the impact of human disturbance on aquatic ecosystems and, more recently, the effectiveness of native fish stocking.

Professor Baumgartner’s work has also focused on developing innovative methods for assessment (such as the adaptation of sonar technology to for migration studies) and improving existing fish collection techniques. Much of his work is applied and has fed back into adaptive management strategies which have resulted in state and national policy development. Recently, he has been involved in research activities in the lower Mekong Basin; specifically understanding mechanisms to help fisheries recover from human disturbance and quantifying the value of fish in a food security context.

Episode recorded: 7 April 2020 
Host: Jess Mansour-Nahra, Bonus episode Wes Ward, Charles Sturt Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Ep 5: BONUS CONTENT: Lee Baumgartner, 2019, Death in the Darling

BONUS EP: Professor Lee Baumgartner discusses the Death in the Darling: the fish kill event in Menindee in early 2019.

Episode recorded: 2019
Host: Wes Ward, Charles Sturt Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Ep 7: Melanie Massaro, how to preserve at-risk species impacted by predator introduction

Melanie Massaro"Usually when you have humans arriving on these islands, they often bring with them unfortunately a suite of predators like rats, cats…and they wipe out lots of native species. And we know that introduced species, especially rodents, have been the major cause of losses of island biotas.”

Dr Melanie Massaro shares what we need to do to save endangered species, especially with animal populations on islands. What makes island species particularly vulnerable to extinction and how can we reduce our impact on these populations?

Melanie is an evolutionary and behavioural ecologist with an interest in a broad range of topics, including life-history evolution, contemporary adaptation, consequences of population bottlenecks, interactions between native and exotic species and conservation physiology (for more details, please refer to her research page). Melanie joined Charles Sturt University after completing two postdoctoral fellowships in New Zealand.

Episode recorded: June 2019
Host: Wes Ward, Charles Sturt Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Live regionally, impact globally

Ep 1: Damian Candusso, Hollywood movies and virtual reality

Damian CandussoWhat do a dentist drill and a vacuum cleaner have in common?
...?
We spoke with sound designer and Charles Sturt Associate Professor Damian Candusso to find out!
Listen to Damian chat to host Jess Mansour-Nahra about his experiences in designing sound for many, many films including Happy Feet and Australia* and his latest foray into virtual reality and immersive media.
*Fun fact: the sound of the cows in the movie Australia were recorded in Wagga Wagga!

Notes:
Episode recorded: 8 November 2018
Host: Jess Mansour-Nahra, CSU Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Ep 2: Harry Moore and Mitchell Cowan, a rare find in the vast Pilbara

Albino QuollHave you ever seen this little creature before?
Let us answer: no, because this rare albino quoll was discovered in 2018 and Charles Sturt University students Harry Moore and Mitchell Cowan were there!

Listen as they chat with host Hilary Longhurst about their experiences with this rare animal during their research work in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Episode recorded: 22 November 2018
Host: Hilary Longhurst, CSU Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Spotlight

Ep 6: Emma Colvin and Kath McFarlane, missing children in care - Part 1

Kath McFarlaneAbsconding or gone missing?
Why do children in care go missing and how can care providers, legal providers and the police work together to address this often invisible issue?
Charles Sturt Associate Professor Kath McFarlane and lecturer Dr Emma Colvin talk to host Hilary Longhurst about this ongoing issue, often with tragic outcomes, and the challenges involved in Part 1 of this episode.

TRIGGER WARNING: This podcast contains information and discussion about family violence and trauma which may be triggering to survivors.

Episode recorded: 22 January 2019
Host: Hilary Longhurst, CSU Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE

Ep 7: Emma Colvin and Kath McFarlane, missing children in care - Part 2

Emma ColvinWhat happened to Katrina?

Why can't we name children when they go missing in care?

In part 2 of this episode, listen to Charles Sturt Associate Professor Kath McFarlane and lecturer Dr Emma Colvin chat to host Hilary Longhurst about what this can mean for missing children.

TRIGGER WARNING: This podcast contains information and discussion about family violence and trauma which may be triggering to survivors.

Episode recorded: 22 January 2019
Host: Hilary Longhurst, CSU Media
Production: Adam Thompson, 2MCE