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Lasting love affairs with the natural world

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  Dr John Kaye
Listeners may be surprised to learn that John Kaye, who recently died, was part of A Question of Balance from early on. In one program from 2005 John Kaye introduces Living in the Hothouse by Ian Lowe, one of John’s heroes, which he recommends for every listener as a seminal work of our times. So 11 years later climate change is on our doorstep but it took a prescient environmental campaigner like John Kaye to highlight its looming challenges. Sadly he will be missed but his messages live on, one being that ignoring climate change is not O Kaye. May 2016

  Nancy Pallin - a champion of conservation
Nancy Pallin, a long time contributor to A Question of Balance on flying foxes and bush regeneration, discusses her history with wildlife conservation, an attachment that has lasted many years and ranged from classroom to hard fought community campaigning.

  Lesley Rogers: the leading light of visual laterality
Emeritus Professor, Lesley Rogers, from the University of New England, was asked about a career in scientific research that has led to revelations about lateralised brains in birds and other species and about her election to the Australian Academy of Science.

  All about Chris Hassell
A Bird in the Hand: Chris Hassell from the Global Flyway Network, looks back on a life that has taken him from herds of cows in Britain to flocks of birds in northern Western Australia. His love of the outdoors that first led him to leave school at age 16 has continued to be fulfilled in his full time field work and research into migratory shorebirds on the Kimberley coast.

  From Austria to Australia with Ann Goeth
From Austria to Australia - this long term environmental love affair has taken a bumpy path from Austria to Australia for ecologist Dr Ann Goeth in her work with animals and in conservation.

  Darryl Jones: talking turkey about wildlife
Associate Professor Darryl Jones, from Griffith University, thinks of himself now as an urban ecologist, even though his roots were formed in the country town of Wagga Wagga (significantly, meaning 'place of many crows'!). Here he outlines how he came to be working with wildlife in the cities.

  Nicholas Carlile - turning dream to reality
Nicholas Carlile, a regular guest on A Question of Balance since 2006, reflects on the paths that led him to his extensive work in developing Island Sanctuaries.

  Arthur White - the fascination of frogs, fossils and all fauna
Dr Arthur White grew up in the times when the idea of working in the environment was mostly unheard of, as was the idea of becoming an environmental consultant.

  K-lynn Smith: connecting biology with technology - one researcher's journey into science.
Dr K-lynn Smith, from the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University reviews her long association with research in Animal Behaviour, where the mix of unobtrusive observation with cutting edge technology has been an enduring theme.


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