Prof Lesley Hughes

Lesley Hughes
Impacts of climate change on species and natural ecosystems

Understanding the observed and potential impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems is one of the most serious and challenging environmental issue we face. The main strength of my research in this area has been to integrate a number of different methods, from small-scale field and laboratory manipulations, to computer modeling of potential impacts on hundreds of species. This research interest has led to work focused on the implications of climate change on the applied issues of land management and conservation policy in Australia and elsewhere.

Science communication

My work with the Climate Commission, Climate Council and other bodies has led to a great interest in the way in which science, and in particular, climate change science, is communicated to the public and to policy makers, and how this might be improved.