The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership (Highly Commended 2013)

Professor Lesley Hughes, Faculty of Science

Professor Lesley Hughes is an ecologist with a longstanding interest in the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.

She leads a research team that approaches this challenging issue with a wide variety of techniques including field surveys, laboratory and field experiments, bioclimatic modelling and data mining.

Over the past decade, she has increasingly focused on facilitating a broader research effort, leading initiatives at a university, state and national level, including co-directing Climate Futures at Macquarie, and co-convening the Terrestrial Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). 

Professor Hughes also contributed to international climate science efforts as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and Australian representative on initiatives within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

She is passionate about connecting science with policy makers such as via her membership of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and Climate Scientists Australia, and to the public, via her role as a federal Climate Commissioner.

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