The speaker at our meeting on September 2nd was Chris Daniels - his subject was “Why cities need nature”

Chris Daniels is Professor of Biology at the University of South Australia.

He is also the Presiding member of the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board and hold several other positions and titles.

Chris has been a prolific scientist and author, having written or edited 9 books and 1 DVD and contributed to more than 170 scientific publications.
He has been published on issues regarding the natural and built environments, and has an abiding interest in reptiles, particularly lizards.

Chris is also an award-winning science communicator.

He has regular sessions on 891 ABC Radio, and has written for many popular press publishers, on a range of science and environmental topics.

Chris spoke of the amazing biodiversity present in the Adelaide environment.
The huge range in rainfall (220mm to 1000mm average annual), the range of soil types, and the sporadic rather than seasonal rainfall supporting an unusually large range of insects, birds and animals.

Unfortunately, lack of forward planning and inappropriate development has resulted in Adelaide having one of the lowest levels of “green space” of any major city in the world. Including the hills face zone, we rate at 14.5%, compared to 30% for London, and 51% for Moscow!

Chris says that we not only need to train our Government and Developers, change Laws but also train our children in the huge responsibility that we have in making our environment sustainable. His subject is unfortunately much too large and important to attempt to cover here - so you should have been at the meeting to hear his presentation! You can, however, find out more about his work here, and his vision for SA here.

The speaker at our meeting on September 2nd was Chris Daniels - his subject was “Why cities need nature”

Chris Daniels
Chris Daniels is Professor of Biology at the University of South Australia.

He is also the Presiding member of the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board and hold several other positions and titles.

Chris has been a prolific scientist and author, having written or edited 9 books and 1 DVD and contributed to more than 170 scientific publications.
He has been published on issues regarding the natural and built environments, and has an abiding interest in reptiles, particularly lizards.

Chris is also an award-winning science communicator.

He has regular sessions on 891 ABC Radio, and has written for many popular press publishers, on a range of science and environmental topics.

Chris spoke of the amazing biodiversity present in the Adelaide environment.
The huge range in rainfall (220mm to 1000mm average annual), the range of soil types, and the sporadic rather than seasonal rainfall supporting an unusually large range of insects, birds and animals.

Unfortunately, lack of forward planning and inappropriate development has resulted in Adelaide having one of the lowest levels of “green space” of any major city in the world. Including the hills face zone, we rate at 14.5%, compared to 30% for London, and 51% for Moscow!

Chris says that we not only need to train our Government and Developers, change Laws but also train our children in the huge responsibility that we have in making our environment sustainable. His subject is unfortunately much too large and important to attempt to cover here - so you should have been at the meeting to hear his presentation! You can, however, find out more about his work here, and his vision for SA here.