Professor Chris Daniels
Prof. Chris Daniels is Professor of Urban Ecology in the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and Environment at the University of South Australia. He is Director of the Barbara Hardy Institute which is a major research Institute with a large research agenda focused on creating sustainable communities. He facilitates and conducts research into the relationship between humans, the communities we build and the natural environment. Chris is also the presiding member of the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board and is currently the Chair of the Presiding members forum (SA NRM).
Chris was educated in zoology at the University of Adelaide and the University of New England. Chris has held academic positions at the University of California, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide before accepting the chair of Urban Ecology at UniSA. He is a prolific publisher, with 9 books published and over 230 scientific and community publications. In 2005 Chris, with Catherine Tait, edited the Book Adelaide Nature of a City. The second book in this series, Adelaide Water of a City was published in 2010. Both books have won numerous awards including the Whitley Award, and awards from the Planning Institute of Australia, Stormwater Industry and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Other books published by Chris include The Possum-Tail Tree, The Fearsome FlutePplayers: Australian magpies in our lives, A Guide to Urban Wildlife and several edited volumes on the evolution of air breathing. Chris teaches undergraduate and postgraduate environmental science and has supervised 10 PhD and many other research students. He has been a member of several journal editorial boards and zoological societies including the Royal Society of SA. He holds honorary positions at ZoosSA and the SA Museum and works closely with several Councils and Government Departments. Chris is a passionate communicator to the general community, about science and the environment. He has held fortnightly sessions on 891 ABC Radio since 2002 and from this relationship Chris conducted field trips with ABC listeners “into the backyard” and has run “Citizen Science” initiatives with the ABC since 2007.
Chris won the South Australian Premiers Science award for communication and education excellence in 2007 and received the Medal for his contributions to natural history and conservation from the Field Naturalists Society of South Australia in 2010. He is a member of the City of Marion Strategic directions committee, a Governor of the World Wildlife Fund (Lead Governor for SA) and Patron of Unley City Council Adopt a Tree Program, the Friends of Stirling Linear Park and the South Australian Junior Field Naturalists Society