Australian Centre for Urban Ecology: Director position

Wed Apr 2 15:27:40 CST 1997



       A national centre of excellence
        for research on biodiversity

A major new agency is being established by the Royal
Botanic Gardens, with financial support from The
Baker Foundation.  The Australian Research Centre
for Urban Ecology aims to become the leader in
scientific studies of biodiversity and ecological
processes in urban natural areas - those islands
of natural bushland, grassland, wetland and coastal
zones saved from the growth of suburbia.

The Centre is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens and
National Herbarium of Victoria.  It will be located
at Cranbourne (south-eastern Melbourne), where the
Royal Botanic Gardens 200 hectares of native
vegetation will provide a key research facility.

The Centre will participate in collaborative
research programs with other scientific agencies and
be involved in postgraduate training.  The knowledge
gained will be applied to conservation issues and
the development of effective management techniques.
Potential research areas include biodiversity,
community ecology, rehabilitation of degraded plant
communities, and urban water resources.

We are seeking an energetic and talented scientist
to be founding Director of the Research Centre.
Expressions of interest, marked 'Confidential',
should be sent now to The Director, Royal Botanic
Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria
3141, Australia.

An information package can be obtained from Ms
Marilyn Evans (telephone +61-3-9252 2357; fax +61-
3-9252 2350; email arcue at


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