Webinar | Using detection dogs in environmental impact assessments - Lessons learnt from surveys of the EPBC-listed koala

Published 1st March 20 12:00 AM
Surveys of listed species are a difficult and expensive part of environmental impact assessments. In this seminar we introduce some new methods that can be used to be quicker and more accurate. We go through some strength and pitfalls of using detection dogs for ecological surveys, using the example of the vulnerable koala. Are detection dogs superiors to alternative methods, especially considering recent advances such as drone and thermal imagery? We hope you can join us to discover the answer...

Meet the Speaker

Dr Romane Cristescu is an ecologist with a keen interest in developing new methodologies to perform surveys more accurately and efficiently. In particular, she has been developing koala scat detection dog methods since 2011, and drone mounted thermal camera surveys since 2017.

Dr Cristescu qualified as a veterinarian in France, where she specialised in wildlife. She subsequently got a Master in genetics before moving to Australia for her PhD - both were specifically focusing on koalas. She worked in the Mining Industry on Mine Closure / Rehabilitation, where she transformed her research on restoration ecology into practice.

Dr Cristescu founded Detection Dogs for Conservation at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2015 with A Prof Celine Frere, and since then their team has been involved in surveys for numerous large infrastructure projects.

This webinar will run on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). This webinar will be recorded and a link to access the recording will be sent to all registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

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Event details

When: 14 April 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where: Webinar

Cost: $10 EIANZ Members, $20 Non-members

Registrations Open: 1st March 20 10:00 AM

Registrations Close: 14th April 21 11:30 AM

Contact: Enquiries via +61 3 8593 4140 or

Register now and secure your attendance

Published 1st March 20 12:00 AM