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Nicholas Williams

Associate Professer In Urban Hort/Natural Resource
Ecosystem And Forest Sciences
Hawkweeds (Hieracium sp)
Willows
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
environmental sciences & ecology
ecology
biodiversity conservation
biodiversity & conservation
vegetation
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A/Prof

Nicholas Williams

 
Division
Science
 
Primary Interest
Weed Invasions
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A/Prof

Nicholas Williams

 

I am an ecologist who works predominantly in urban areas because although they are the cause of many of the world’s environmental problems cities also offer humanity great hope for a sustainable future. I seek to understand urban biodiversity patterns and ecosystem processes and then develop applied solutions to reduce the negative impacts of urbanization such as biodiversity loss, excess urban heat, stormwater runoff and CO2 emissions.

I am predominantly a plant ecologist with particular expertise in how urbanisation influences plant traits, native grassland conservation and restoration and weed invasions but I have also worked on mammals, molluscs and insects. Together with social scientist colleagues I have even investigated the most complex aspect of urban environments – humans! In 2007 I established a research program to develop and evaluate the benefits of green infrastructure, in particular vegetated roofs and facades, as a climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy for Australian cities. This has since become a major research focus of the Burnley Campus, attracting substantial funding and has led to the construction of three green roofs and development of specialist subjects and courses.

Projects

Displaying the 33 most recent projects by Nicholas Williams.

33

Projects

Project Types


17

Research Grant


11

Research Contracts


5

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 102 most recent scholarly works by Nicholas Williams.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2016

Project: Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne’s East with City of Boroondara and Easten Alliance for Greenhouse Action

Premiers Sustainability Award

2014

Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award

Parks Victoria

2013

Vice-Chancellors Engagement Award

University of Melbourne

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Associate Professer In Urban Hort/Natural Resource

Ecosystem And Forest Sciences

Member

Ecological Society of America

Member

Green Roofs Australia

Member

Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

Member

British Ecological Society

Chair

Evans St Wildflower Grassland Advisory Commitee (for City of Hume)

Member

Ecological Society of Australia

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

University of Melbourne