Dear reader, this web site contains the blogs I wrote from 2011 to 2015. The blog has now been “put to sleep” and few new posts will be added – mostly occasional links to new stories I write which are hosted on other web sites: like this story on bitterns for example. You can read about why I decided to put the blog to sleep in this post. Please visit my new web site to see my more recent work. The information below is retained for historical reasons and will no longer be updated. Thanks for visiting!
“To improve ecological literacy, I must seduce your friends”
That phrase – the title of a recent blog – captures the purpose of this web site. To create stories that are fun, memorable, motivating, and incidentally, educational. To showcase the ecology of Australia – one blog at a time – for readers to enjoy, discuss and share on social media.
I’m Dr Ian Lunt and I’m an Associate Professor in Vegetation Ecology at Charles Sturt University in Australia. I work in the university’s School of Environmental Sciences and Institute for Land, Water and Society in Albury, New South Wales.
[UPDATE: I no longer work at CSU but I do retain an unpaid adjunct position there, for which I am most grateful.]
For 30-odd years, I’ve worked as an ecologist, researcher and lecturer. With great students and colleagues, I’ve discovered ways to manage and restore endangered ecosystems, especially our beautiful native grasslands and woodlands. We’ve also documented how ecosystems changed after Europeans arrived in Australia two centuries ago.
Linking science & communities through blogging
In recent years I’ve focused more and more attention on getting science out to the world, through stories and blogs.
The purpose behind my blogs is to increase ecological literacy in our communities. I create short stories to link great work by enthusiastic and dedicated researchers – especially young, early career researchers – with enthusiastic, inquiring and dedicated readers.
The blogs jumble topics, words, pictures, videos and animations. They cover ecology, conservation science, natural history and communication. They ask questions, promote quizzes and competitions, and encourage feedback, comments and ideas from engaged readers.
Think, read and share
Want to sample the Best of my Blogs? Then check out the Greatest Hits page. Better still, you can follow heaps of great ecology blogs, including mine, on the Best Australian Ecology Blogs page on Facebook. It’s a great resource.
I hope you enjoy the blogs, share the stories, and seduce yet another new reader, to help raise ecological literacy, and conserve biodiversity and the natural world.
UPDATE: You can read about my new work at my new web site.