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Stop 3: Launceston

Darla Hatton MacDonald

5:45pm  | 10/08 | Launceston

Stop 3 on the Tassie Science Road Trip takes you to Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston, where you’ll meet Professor Darla Hatton MacDonald, a researcher at the University of Tasmania.  Darla works on natural resource valuation issues in forestry and marine environments. Learn about how placing a dollar value on local natural assets and ecosystem services can help preserve them. Keep the conversation going after the talk, and join Darla and Dr Karl for canapés, included in your ticket price. Drinks will be available for sale at the bar. The following morning, Thursday 11 August, Road Trippers will be invited along to a walk led by Road Trip MC Zoe Kean at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. Thursday night, you can join Darla and Dr Karl at Grain of the Silos restaurant for the fabulous chef’s tasting menu dinner and casual chats.

How to Book

Book your stay at Peppers Silo Hotel for this stop on the Road Trip by emailing [email protected]
Mention the code BEAKER0822 for a 15% discount. If you’re on the Road Trip, we recommend staying two nights, checking in Wednesday 10 August and checking out Friday 12 August.
Accommodation and dinner already sorted? Book your talk-only tickets below.

Professor Darla Hatton MacDonald

University of Tasmania

The usual qualifications, a PhD,  from the University of Alberta in Forestry Economics where I looked at the values people place on the natural environment in cross cultural settings.  My research career has been marked by variety-seeking behaviour with thesis research that took me to northern Saskatchewan in the dead of winter to the Mutoko district of Zimbabwe all in pursuit of understanding the value people place on the natural environment. I then took a position with CSIRO Land and Water in Adelaide and worked on water issues for the next fifteen years. I then migrated to the University of Tasmania where I work on natural  resource valuation issues in forestry and marine environments.

How do you put a dollar value on nature?

The ecosystem services and benefits that natural systems provide locally are highly valued by the communities that benefit from these and provide them with a “sense of place”. I will look at how placing a dollar value to the local natural assets and ecosystem services help preserve them, the trade-offs, and potential long-term outcomes to local communities.

Learn more about the Tassie Science Road Trip here.
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