Her work has a particular emphasis on the interaction between ecology and land used for production.
“I try to get a better understanding of the processes that underpin significant change and its pattern in the landscape and how we can maintain biodiversity in landscapes where you have production,” she said.
“I spent 11 years in the farming community to look at conservation of their land and several years in Tasmania working with fine wool producers.”
Professor Williams received the medal at the Ecological Society of Australia’s conference at Launceston on Friday, where she gave a plenary address about how ecology can help tackle climate change.
She was previously ecological society president, operated a consulting business and worked with government and industries across Australia.
Ecological society president Don Driscoll said Professor Williams had been a “really valuable member” with “a big impact in the work she’s been doing in land management and conservation”.
“Jann is a really worthy (Gold Medal) recipient this year, particularly given the theme of this year’s conference: Ecology: science for practical solutions,” he said.
Dr Perpetua Turner was one of the people who nominated Professor Williams for the medal and said her multidisciplinary approach allowed her tackle “many different problems” and “find really clever” solutions.
“She combines production and ecology in a very good way,” Dr Turner said.
“And Jann, being a woman and a professor, has been a very good mentor and positive role model for women in STEM.”
Originally published by The Advocate.
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