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Biography

Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development). She is an ecologist whose main research interest has been the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems, and the implications of climate change for conservation. She is a former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia. She is also a Director for WWF Australia, and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Education/Academic qualification

Macquarie University

19871990

Award Date: 15 May 1991

External positions

• Member, Climate Science and Knowledge Management Experts Panel

2020 → …

Member, Earth System Science Panel

2020 → …

Advisor

2019 → …

• Member, Taronga Conservation Science Advisory Council

2019 → …

Member, Future Earth Australia Steering Committee

20172019

Councillor

Sep 2013 → …

Director, Governor & Member of Eminent Scientists Advisory Group

2013 → …

Member

2013 → …

Chair

20122014

Climate Commissioner

20112013

Director

20092019

Co-convenor

20092013

Biological Impacts Node Leader and Co-convenor

20052010

Lead Author, 4th & 5th Assessment Report, Working Group II

20052014

Chair

20032008

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Research Output

Research priorities for natural ecosystems in a changing global climate

Williams, S. E., Hobday, A. J., Falconi, L., Hero, J-M., Holbrook, N. J., Capon, S., Bond, N. R., Ling, S. D. & Hughes, L., Feb 2020, In : Global Change Biology. 26, 2, p. 410-416 7 p.

Macquarie University

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

  • Climate readiness of recovery plans for threatened Australian species

    Hoeppner, J. M. & Hughes, L., 1 Jun 2019, In : Conservation Biology. 33, 3, p. 534-542 9 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Playing with fire: How climate change inaction could lead to a horror fire scenario in Australia.

    Mullins, G., Hughes, L. & Dean, A., 2019, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Annual Conference, Melbourne 2019..

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearch

    The Rocky Hill decision: a watershed for climate change action?

    Hughes, L., 2019, In : Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law. 37, 3, p. 341-351 11 p.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

  • This is what climate change looks like

    Hughes, L., Dean, A., Steffen, W. & Rice, M., 2019, Climate Council of Australia. 41 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

    Open Access