CAUL Hub project Co-leader Dr Cecily Maller has joined the editorial team of a new, open access, interdisciplinary journal called People and Nature, published by the British Ecological Society. Led by Kevin J Gaston, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Exeter, People and Nature will be dedicated to publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed work from research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature. Read more about the new journal here.
CAUL Hub analysis of 2.2 million tweets has found people in parks are more positive, and around areas like major transport hubs, more negative. The research team, including Dave Kendal and Kate Lee combined social media, and big data analytics, tied to real time and place, to develop an understanding of the well-being benefits of city parks. To find out more about the research, read this article in The Conversation.
CAUL Hub hosted the sell-out Melbourne Knowledge Week event - Indigenous Perspectives in City Planning. The interactive panel discussion and workshop was a chance for attendees to consider the challenges, opportunities and practical ways of incorporating Indigenous knowledge and culture in the work they do.
The virtual greening app Plant Life Balance, created using research from the CAUL Hub, has won a coveted Webby Award. A Webby Award is an award for excellence in electronic media presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over two thousand industry experts and technology innovators. The app won the People’s Voice award in the category of Mobile Sites & Apps – Lifestyle.
CAUL was part of the Sydney BioBlitz, held at Sydney Park 14-15 April, and run by The City of Sydney and the National Parks Association of NSW. The event was a celebration of urban biodiversity, bringing together scientists, naturalists and community members, and encouraging visitors to become citizen scientists for a day by recording as many living things as possible. CAUL researchers, including Caraph Threlfall and Luis Mata, took visitors on pollinator, insects and bat walks, and taught them how to use our Urban Wildlife App, which allows users to record sightings of bell frogs, beneficial insects and flying foxes. The data from the app helps CAUL scientists to better understand how we can manage native wildlife and their habitats.