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Food on the Move
Climate change is predicted to lead to a net decrease in food production, globally. Tropical zones will move from optimal growing conditions into extreme and prolonged summer temperatures. This will cause drops in productivity in areas where the bulk of malnourished people live. Growing seasons will likely get longer in temperate zones as climate warms but any gains will likely be offset by extreme weather events like drought, flood and bushfire. More species are documented as ‘on the move’ due to these changing climatic conditions, many are vital to our food security.

Meet our panel of experts and discover the implications of food on the move for Tasmania and beyond. Join and explore how our communities can adapt to secure a sustainable food future.

Hosted by Professor Gretta Pecl, Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology and ARC Future Fellow, University of Tasmania.

- Professor Alana Mann, Head of Discipline, School of Creative Arts and Media, University of Tasmania
- Anthony Houston, Tasmanian Farmer and Climate Change Advocate
- Professor Christine Beveridge, President, ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, Professor of Plant Biology, University of Queensland

Oct 18, 2022 06:00 PM in Hobart

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Professor Gretta Pecl
Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology and ARC Future Fellow @University of Tasmania
Gretta is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology and lead of the Future Seas project. A specialist in climate change ecology, Gretta studies what is happening to the species in our oceans as the water warms. She is a marine 'generalist' with broad interdisciplinary research interests, building on a background in population dynamics, fisheries biology, and movement and migration of commercial species. She currently focusses on species and ecosystem responses to climate change, and the development of adaptation options for natural resource management. She has a specific interest in exploring the mechanisms and processes underpinning climate-driven species redistribution, and the ecosystem implications of these, including co-convening the 2016 & 2019 'Species on the Move' conferences. She is also a Lead Author for the IPCC AR6 report, and an Australian Research Council 'Future Fellow'.
Professor Alana Mann
Head of Discipline, School of Creative Arts and Media @University of Tasmania
Professor Mann is an interdisciplinary scholar researching the power relations between media, governments, institutions, and citizens in the field of food politics. International in scope, her research foregrounds communication and social learning as central to food systems transformation. Innovating theory for making sense of these transformations is a strong focus of her work at the critical intersection of food security, global warming, and public health. Alana led the Department of Media and Communications at University of Sydney and was Food Lead Researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute. She embarked on doctoral research on food sovereignty campaigns in Latin America and Europe in 2007 after a career in media and marketing - including seven years at Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Alana has worked with the Food First Information and Action Network in Heidelberg, conducted fieldwork at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Anthony Houston
Tasmanian Farmer and Climate Change Advocate
Anthony was the founder of Houston’s Farm, a national farming and food manufacturing company, supplying fresh salad products to supermarkets across Australia. He’s is a passionate conservationist and a strong advocate for climate action in agriculture. Anthony will talk about his journey from farming and business to climate action.
Professor Christine Beveridge
President, ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture and Professor of Plant Biology @University of Queensland
Professor Beveridge is a BSc (Hons) and PhD graduate of University of Tasmania . After a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Agricultural Research (Versailles) Christine took up a University of Queensland (UQ) Fellowship, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, teaching and research positions, an ARC Future Fellowship and Deputy Dean and Associate Dean Research (Science) position at UQ. Christine is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture (CoE), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow and a highly cited researcher. Christine was both the first female and first Australasian president of the International Plant Growth Substances Association and is a Life Member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists. She discovered strigolactone as a plant hormone and that sugar signalling is a driver of shoot branching.