Australia's central deserts support rich assemblages of animals and plants: add water, and the seemingly barren landscapes transform and pulsate with colour and activity. In this lecture, Professor Dickman will take us through the extraordinary 'boom' and 'bust' cycles that characterise inland Australia and examine how life persists during good times and bad. You will see the amazing adaptations that frogs and desert mice use to cope with the extreme conditions, how floods, wildfires and invasive species affect the native small mammals, and how so many species seem to appear and disappear at different times and places over the desert landscape. With the spectre of climate change looming, life in Australia's central deserts may provide a glimpse of what the continent's coastal fringes can expect in future.

Date: Thursday August 12
Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney <http://maps.google.com.au/maps/place?cid=6654318546419014764&amp;q=eastern+avenue+auditorium&amp;hl=en&amp;cd=1&amp;>
Cost: FREE
Contact: Sydney Science Forum
Phone: 02 9351 3021
Email: science.forum@sydney.edu.au <mailto:11322215211908460c0b59172f27221a0b201c4a7b170c3d622738>
More info: http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/forum/lecture7.shtml

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Carla Avolio

Science Communicator
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Sydney
Room 130, Macleay A12
Sydney, NSW 2006
 
T: + 61 2 9351 4543
F: + 61 2 9351 4771
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E: carla.avolio@sydney.edu.au
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