Outreach

Enhancing biodiversity in cities through design

Author
Interview with Sarah Bekessy

Cities People Love
May 2021

Sarah Bekessy is a sustainability and urban planning academic at RMIT University in Melbourne and a leading voice in Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD).  We interviewed Sarah to understand more about the importance and benefits of incorporating biodiversity and nature in the design and planning of our cities…read more

A Victorian logging company just won a controversial court appeal. Here’s what it means for forest wildlife

Authors
Brendan Wintle, Laura Schuijers & Sarah Bekessy

The Conversation
17 May 2021

Australia’s forest-dwelling wildlife is in greater peril after last week’s court ruling that logging — even if it breaches state requirements — is exempt from the federal law that protects threatened species…read more

Imagining Lonsdale Park: turning roads into parks could be the renewal our city needs

Author
Thami Croeser

Cities People Love
May 2021

The pandemic has underlined an important truth of city life: urban nature is essential infrastructure. Life in lockdown reminded us that urban parks don’t just look nice – they also provide valuable social space, and are a key support to our physical and mental health…read more

Moving cars key to revival

Danish Street Trees. Image: Thami Croeser

Author
Thami Croeser

Herald Sun
7 May 2021

Bringing life back to our gritty, windswept CBD is a daunting task, but we’re starting to see what works…read more

4 ways our streets can rescue restaurants, bars and cafes after coronavirus

Danish Street Trees. Image: Thami Croeser

Author
Thami Croeser

The Conversation
29 May 2020

As Australia re-opens, the bars, cafes and restaurants that give life to our streets face a tough ask: stay open and stay afloat with just a fraction of the customers….read more

Nurturing Nature, designing a home with biodiversity in mind

Danish Street Trees. Image: Thami Croeser

Authors
Sarah Bekessy, Georgia Garrard, Sarrah Hurley, Casey Visintin, Freya Thomas & Holly Kirk

Sanctuary Magazine
March 2020

There’s a lot you can do to promote biodiversity when you’re designing a new home or renovation, with clear benefits for you and your family as well as for the natural environment…read more

Thousands of city trees have been lost to development, when we need them more than ever

Danish Street Trees. Image: Thami Croeser

Authors
Thami Croeser, Camilo Oróñez & Rodney van der Ree

The Conversation
27 February 2020

Climate change is on everyone’s lips this summer. We’ve had bushfiressmoke hazeheatwavesfloodingmass protests and a National Climate Emergency Summit, all within a few months. The search is on for solutions. Trees often feature prominently when talking about solutions, but our research shows trees are being lost to big developments – about 2,000 within a decade in inner Melbourne….read more

Want to help save wildlife after the fires? You can do it in your own backyard

Example of Alpine Ash. Image: Holly Kirk

Authors
Holly Kirk, Brendan Wintle, Casey Visintin, Freya Thomas, Georgia Garrard, Kirsten Parris, Kylie Soanes, Pia Lentini, Sarah Bekessy

The Conversation
25 February 2020

People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily the case: ten of the 113 top-priority threatened animal species most affected by the fires have populations in and around Australian cities and towns. Conserving these populations is now even more critical for the survival of these species….read more

No need to give up on crowded cities – we can make density so much better

Authors
Thami Croeser, Lucy Gunn

The Conversation
19 February 2020

People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer The idea that we should decentralise our population has come up many times in Australia. Recently, the National Farmers’ Federation president pushed the notion, calling for a shift to the regions. And the premise is this: city living is unpleasant. Roads are jammed, housing is expensive and it’s all so much nicer out in the country. We need to “spread out”…read more

How should I vote if I care about preventing the extinction of nature?

Authors
Sarah Bekessy, Alex Kusmanoff, Ascelin Gordon, Emily Gregg, Freya Thomas, Georgia Garrard, Holly Kirk, Jeremy Ringma, Katherine Berthon, Lindall Kidd, Marco Gutiérrez, Matthew Hardy, Matthew Selinske & Roshan Sharma

The Conversation
16 May 2019

Some voters heading to the polls this weekend may be casting their ballot with biodiversity in mind, after a major UN report released last week highlighted the global extinction crisis facing…read more

We at ICON Science acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct our research, teaching and service.