Temperate rainforests as nature’s climate solution — Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala

Harvard Lecture Theatre 1
Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus
University of Tasmania
6 Nov 2019

Fire Centre will be hosting a seminar from Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala from Geos Institute on Wednesday 6th November at 4 pm in Harvard Lecture Theatre 1 in the Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus.


The world’s temperate rainforests are found in about a dozen places, including Tasmania, portions of the Australian mainland, and New Zealand. These forests are part of a global network of temperate rainforests that collectively make up about 2.5% of the world’s total forest cover and are among the most carbon dense terrestrial ecosystems on the planet. With funding from Griffith University, I am part of an international team of scientists documenting the importance of primary (unlogged) forests globally for their biodiversity and climate benefits. Temperate rainforests play a central role in this global project. Come learn about the fascinating ways temperate rainforests can help slow run away climate chaos.


Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute (www.geosinstitute.org) in Ashland, Oregon and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section (http://www.conbio.org). He is an internationally renowned author of over 200 science papers on forest and fire ecology, conservation biology, endangered species management, and landscape ecology. Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations Earth Summit. He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” several PBS documentaries and even Fox News! Dominick is currently on Oregon’s Global Warming Commission Subcommittee on Forest Carbon and is Editor of numerous scientific journals and publications. His book “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation” received an academic excellence award from Choice magazine, one of the nation’s top book review journals. His recent co-authored book– The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix – presents groundbreaking science on the ecological importance of wildfires. Dominick co-founded the Geos Institute in July 2006 and is motivated by his work to leave a living planet for his daughters, grandkids and all those that follow.