Our Guest speaker for the August meeting is Tarmo Raadik. Tarmo is an aquatic biologist and taxonomist with 25 years’ experience in the management and biological research of aquatic fauna.
He is well respected for his extensive knowledge on alien and native aquatic fauna distribution in south-eastern Australia and specialist skills in freshwater and estuarine aquatic fauna community sampling, taxonomy, biology, conservation, monitoring, and alien species, with emphasis on fish, decapod crustaceans and bivalve molluscs.
Tarmo has also worked extensively in the area of threatened fauna management, particularly on freshwater and estuarine fish and freshwater decapod species. These projects incorporate all areas of conservation management, from verifying the status of declining taxa (population abundance, distribution), defining the issues/threats and potential management actions, to undertaking specific recovery actions. Tarmo has written over 80 scientific publications and recently completed a PhD on the systematic revision of a freshwater native fish species complex in south-eastern Australia.
His talk is entitled: Unravelling the mountain galaxias (Galaxias olidus) species complex and 20 years of conservation management of upland galaxiids - oh why did I even start?