Washing away connection and knowledge’: the impact of climate change on Indigenous landscapes and values

In the late Holocene, Tasmania Aboriginal peoples faced significant challenges in rising sea levels and changing resource economies.  However, rather than a deterrent, the peoples thrived with new resources and Tasmania stands alone as possessing the richest maritime archaeological material in the world.  Critical marine resources have not only shaped the physical landscape of coastal Tasmania, but have given rise to the cultural connections of Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples. Midden living places are under threat from sea level rise, yet these knowledge stores have not been investigated for their historical riches, such as species change over millennia, or recognised as markers to determine rates of sea level change. Before our precious culture is washed away, midden living places should be acknowledged as a powerful source of belonging and adaptation.

Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.


Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

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