Ecologist and Artist Collaborate on New Grassland Book

On Wednesday 5 September, an exciting evening for grassland enthusiasts has been planned at the National Library of Australia.

At 5.30pm, Dr Carolyn Young presents the results of her National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship research on small Australian mammals of grassy woodlands, focusing on the original plates for John Gould’s “Mammals of Australia” (London, 1863). Initially inspired by the current work on mammal reintroductions at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, her body of photography re-imagines the nineteenth century experience of grassy woodland species. It explores the relevance of native mammals to Australian culture—past and present.

Following the presentation, at 6.30pm Genevieve Jacobs and Simon Corbell will officially launch the book “Grassland in Transition” by artist Dr Carolyn Young and woodland ecologist Dr Sue McIntyre. Beautifully printed in full-colour, the fine-art photographs illustrate the transformations in plant diversity and form that agricultural practices have imposed. “Grassland in Transition” results from a 10-year collaboration, and brings together the photographs and text on their underpinning ecological theory.

Wednesday 5 September, 5.15 for 5.30pm
Conference Room, free (includes refreshments)
Bookings essential
Book here https://www.nla.gov.au/event/re-imagining-australian-mammals
or 02 6262 1111

Presented in association with Carolyn Young’s solo exhibition, “Inhabiting the Woodlands”, on show at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery from 31 August to 13 October 2018.

About the website author – Sue McIntyre

I am a plant ecologist with an interest in managing land as well as writing about it.

I have worked in a range of ecosystems in eastern Australia, but mostly in eucalypt grassy woodlands with the University of New England and CSIRO.  I grew up amongst them, researched them for over 20 years at and have now settled on a patch near Gundaroo NSW.  Jon and I live at Gang Gang a small property on the slopes of the Yass River Valley.

I contribute monthly to our local newsletter the Gundaroo Gazette, and write about landscapes and the plants and animals that live in them, including the humans.  As the Gundaroo Gazette has a modest circulation, I am making the articles accessible though this website.

I have been a research partner in a major woodland restoration experiment located in the north of the ACT.  The Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment involves a number of restoration treatments as well as introductions of regionally extinct fauna such as the Eastern Bettong, the Eastern Quoll and the Bush Stone-curlew.  For details see:
http://www.mfgowoodlandexperiment.org.au/

My scientific publications can be viewed on:
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/F-1885-2010
and copies of papers sent on request.

Welcome to Gang Gang.

Sue McIntyre