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Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar: Plight of the Platypus

5 September 2023, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

BCC platypus seminar

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The Brisbane Biodiversity Seminars present guest speakers on the city’s unique plant and animal species and other environmental topics. Join us in person or online to learn about recent research and ongoing efforts to conserve one of Australia’s most unique monotremes.

Guest speakers:

In this seminar, you’ll hear from a fantastic lineup of platypus experts, including Wildlife Queensland’s PlatypusWatch Project Officer, Tamielle Brunt.

Rosalinde Green-Brinkman: Rosalinde is Watergum’s Chief Executive Officer and has been the PlatypusWatch GC Coordinator for 7 years. Rosalinde will provide the audience with an overview of the platypus program, presence and absence results, eDNA information as well as how citizens can support Platypus research efforts and contribute to real science for the betterment of Platypus conservation!

Tamielle Brunt: Tamielle is finalising her PhD at UQ and is an Ecologist and Project Officer for the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ), PlatypusWatch Network. This is a community network educating and engaging locals to take part in platypus conservation initiatives. The network has also developed an environmental DNA (eDNA) program with southeast Queensland councils, which is in its eighth year of sampling. This data is monitoring this elusive species to identify their distribution and potential threats across the region. Tamielle will speak about all things platypus from history, biology, ecology, conservation, and her research. Tamielle hopes her research will increase the conservation status of this iconic species and overall enhance the protection of freshwater waterways within the region.

Amanda Brigden: Amanda works for Brisbane City Council’s Waterway Health team and has over 20 years experience as an environmental scientist. Amanda will discuss what Brisbane City Council is doing to Protect Brisbane’s Waterways, for platypus and all species.

Location: Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre and Live Streamed online via ‘MS Teams’.


Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre
149 Acacia Road
Karawatha, Queensland 4117 Australia
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