Dr Nick Williams is a plant ecologist at the University of Melbourne. Nick’s research investigates the ecology of urban areas in particular, grassland ecology and restoration, green infrastructure for climate change adaptation and weed invasions. Nick’s research has highlighted how surrounding landscapes influence the processes that occur in remnant habitats, such as edge effects and local extinctions, and, has developed ways to make urban areas more biodiversity friendly.
Habitat destruction can be prevented by the government putting meaningful protection in place, in particular, enforcing the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, and preventing the destruction of native grasslands for agricultural development and urbanization. It’s also important that the community becomes aware of native grasslands and the benefits they provide, and the history they’ve played in the development of Australia’s agricultural industries.