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What Is It Like to Be... a Plant

Monica Gagliano

Monica Gagliano is an evolutionary ecologist. Her main research is broadly focusing on key aspects of the ecological processes by which organisms are able to gather information on the variable conditions of their surrounding environment in order to thrive. In collaboration with various disciplines across the Sciences and the Humanities, her research aims at expanding our perception of animals, plants and more generally Nature. In the process of learning how to do this, she has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics and extended the concept of cognition to plants, re-igniting the discourse on plant subjectivity, sentience and ethical standing.

Monica Gagliano is a Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the Biological Intelligence (BI) Lab, Southern Cross University, a Research Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the University of Western Australia & a Research Affiliate at the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney.

Plant physiologist Ties Ausma (UG) will join the discussion

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