Seminar: The Dark Side of Night Lighting
Hosted by Alicia Dimovski, Phd student, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University.
Alicia will describe how artificial light from housing and street lights is impacting our native mammals. She has been working between the Bundoora and Bendigo regions to explore the impacts of artificial light on health and behaviour in a range of marsupials including the tammar wallaby, fat-tailed dunnart and sugar glider. Throughout her research Alicia has been working with the lighting industry to find a solution to this problem by testing “wildlife-friendly” amber LED lighting that allows humans to see at night but reduces the impact of our native animals. In this seminar Alicia will discuss both the effects of light pollution on mammals and suggest some changes we can all make to help our native wildlife thrive in our urban areas.
In the event of extreme weather, including a Total Fire Ban or Code Red Fire Danger Day, the seminars and field trips will not go ahead.