Professor of Urban Ecology, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
I am a Professor of Urban Ecology in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at The University of Melbourne, and the Leader of the NESP Hub for Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL; see nespurban.edu.au). My research interests span urban ecology, amphibian ecology, conservation biology, animal behaviour, field survey methods and ecological ethics, with current projects on: the impacts of urban noise on acoustic communication in birds and frogs; the ecological costs and benefits of artificial wetlands in urban landscapes; community ecology in cities; and practical ways in which humans can better share the urban environment with other species. You can read more about my research at kirstenparris.com
People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily the case: ten...