Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Harvard Ecologist Visits USC's Fraser Island Research Centre; Action Plan to Help Boost Learning Opportunities

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Harvard Ecologist Visits USC's Fraser Island Research Centre; Action Plan to Help Boost Learning Opportunities

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AN EXPERT ecologist from Harvard University has arrived at USC to help boost teaching and academic opportunities at USC's research and learning centre on Fraser Island.

Professor Aaron Ellison, a Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at Harvard Forest, is spending 10 days working with USC academics at both the Sippy Downs campus and at the Dilli Village centre on Fraser Island.

The recently appointed USC Adjunct Professor in Forest Ecology has started work with a team to collate research that has been undertaken on the island, as well as co-ordinating a dialogue between traditional owners, academics and other stakeholders.

The respected researcher and author, who is also a semi-professional photographer, said the team would produce a two-year research action plan to help guide USC's activities at Dilli Village.

"Fraser Island is such an interesting place, where activities like ecological research, land management and tourism come together in a culturally significant environment," he said.

"We're aiming to bring together all the groups who have an interest in this, particularly the traditional owners, to ensure that the human interaction with this landscape is sustainable and ecologically sound going forward. The other major part of my work with USC is to help a team of academics, librarians and students synthesise all the research that's been conducted on the island - from studying animal ecology to measuring the impact of tourism. …

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