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Uni Forces 102YO To Pack Up Office... But It's Not All Bad

A Perth university has told one of the nation's most eminent ecologists to pack up his office over concerns about the 102-year-old's wellbeing.

Edith Cowan University honorary research associate for the Centre of Ecosystem Management, David William Goodall, who this year was made a member of the Order of Australia, will now need to work remotely.

Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman said the university had identified some risks associated with Dr Goodall's travel to and from the Joondalup campus, and also had concerns about his general wellbeing when there.

"To minimise these risks, we have consulted with him and his family and reached an agreement to set up a home office at a location of his choosing," Professor Chapman said.

"David will always be welcome at ECU and we will make travel arrangements, at no cost to him, to attend pre-arranged meetings and events.

"His honorary appointment expires this December and we look forward to renewing this for another three years in recognition of the many contributions he has made, and continues to make, in the field of ecology."

According to the National Library of Australia, Dr Goodall has worked in five continents and authored more than 130 scientific works.


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