A presentation by Prof Iain Gordon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, James Cook University

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Dates available from 16 Oct 2018 until 16 Oct 2018

Event date: 16Oct 2018

Tuesday 16 Oct 2018

Cairns Institute Ground Floor Meeting room Building D3 - Room 003

  • 12:00 pm

James Cook University, Cairns QLD

Event date: 16Oct 2018

Tuesday 16 Oct 2018

ATSIP Seminar Room 030, Building 145

  • 12:00 pm

James Cook University, Townsville QLD

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With the growing human population, and their improving wealth, it is predicted that there will be significant increases in demand for livestock products (mainly meat and milk). Recent years have demonstrated that the growth in livestock production has generally had significant impacts on wildlife; and these are, usually, negative. Here Prof Gordon will review the interactions between livestock and wildlife and assess the mechanisms through which these interactions occur. The review is framed within the context of the socio-ecological system whereby people are as much a part of the interaction between livestock and wildlife as the animal species themselves.

Prof Iain Gordon.

Prof Gordon will highlight areas of interaction that are mediated through effects on the forage supply (vegetation) - neutral, positive and negative - however, the review broadly analyses the impacts of livestock production activities. The evidence suggests that it is not the interaction between the species themselves but the ancillary activities associated with livestock production (e.g. land use change, removal of predators, provision of water points) that are the major factors affecting the outcome for wildlife. So in future, there are two key issues that need to be addressed – firstly, the need to intensify livestock production in areas of “intensive” livestock production and reduce the pressure for land use change to meet the demand for meat. Secondly, if wildlife is to survive in areas where livestock production dominates, it will have to be the people part of the socio-ecological system that sees the benefits of having wildlife co-exist with livestock on farming lands


Prof Iain Gordon was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies in late 2015. He is passionate and committed to sustainable regional development and harnessing the tropics’ enormous potential through education and research. Iain is a champion of gender equity in the workplace and is currently working with James Cook University (JCU) to make the Athena Swan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) nationally acknowledged in Australian Universities. Iain championed gender equity while in Scotland where he successfully led the James Hutton Institute through the Athena SWAN programme to attain institutional bronze accreditation; one of the first Institute’s in the UK to receive an award. The focus of which was how issues faced by women in the organisation could be addressed through development and mentoring programmes. Iain is also the Chair of the Vice Chancellors’ Sustainability Advisory Committee, which provides leadership and makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor on sustainability at all JCU University campuses.


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