Dr Laura Mumaw

Dr Laura Mumaw is a VC Postdoctoral Research Fellow with extensive experience in biodiversity conservation and community engagement.

Laura has worked for many years in wildlife conservation and community engagement through a professional career in the zoo industry and board positions for organisations involved with nature conservation, land care research and natural resource management.

In her PhD, Laura explored how an urban community can build capacity to foster both its biodiversity and wellbeing through a municipal wildlife gardening collaboration. Her current research, using participatory action research, investigates modes of governance that foster co-design, by citizens and local government, of programs that engage urban residents in collaborative biodiversity stewardship on public and private land. Key questions include: How can we nurture sustainable citizen-council nature stewardship collaborations? How can we understand and improve the socio-ecological impacts? How can we link local efforts with regional/state planning & policy?

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Residential wild-life gardening for collaborative public-private biodiversity conservation

In cities, matching conservation action is needed on public and private land to conserve biodiversity: protecting patches of native habitat on public land, extending buffers around them, and improving connections between them through corridors and stepping stones in gardens and other land-use areas.

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Strengthening Wellbeing in Urban Communities Through Wildlife Gardening

We investigate a municipal wildlife gardening program run by a community group-local government partnership in Melbourne, Australia whose purpose is to conserve the municipality’s indigenous biodiversity.

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Transforming urban gardeners into land stewards

This qualitative study explores how urban gardeners were supported to become land stewards through a wildlife gardening program in Melbourne Australia, and how this process occurred.

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Wildlife gardening for collaborative public–private biodiversity conservation

We explored how a purposively chosen wildlife gardening program in Melbourne, Australia engaged and supported residents to augment local government efforts to conserve indigenous biota.

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Cities are hotspots for threatened species

Ives, C, Lentini, P, Threlfall, C, Ikin, K, Shanahan, D, Garrard, G, Bekessy, S, Fuller, R, Mumaw, L, Rayner, L, Rowe, R, Valentine, L and Kendal, D 2016, 'Cities are hotspots for threatened species', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 117-126.

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