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Outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci, represent one of the most significant biological disturbances on coral reefs and remain one of the principal causes of widespread decline in live coral cover in Indo-Pacific reefs. This seminar will discuss the environmental constraints that could limit fertilization rates in A. planci and the interactive effects of high nutrient levels and low salinity on larval survival, growth, and development.
Seminar: Thursday 18th of March 2015 – 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Professor Natalie Stoeckl has a BEc from the Australian National University (ANU), a MEc from JCU and a PhD from ANU. She is particularly interested in the environmental and distributional/equity issues associated with economic growth in rural / remote locations. Although fully ‘schooled’ in mainstream neoclassical economics, she feels most at home when working in multidisciplinary teams, and thinks of herself as an almost ‘lapsed’ (or at least heterodox) economist.
Protected areas (PAs) are a key strategy employed worldwide to maintain marine ecosystem services and mitigate biodiversity loss. However, the efficacy of PAs in achieving biological and socioeconomic goals is highly variable; a significant factor impeding their success is a lack of consideration and understanding of associated human systems. Therefore, the broad goal of my thesis was to investigate how socioeconomic factors can be incorporated into the design and management of PAs, which I addressed through three specific objectives.
On the application of theories of judgement and decision making to the human dimensions of environmental change
Seminar: Wednesday 11th of March, 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Terre Satterfield is an interdisciplinary social scientist; professor of culture, risk and the environment; and director (on leave 2014-2015) of the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Her research concerns human behaviour in the context of risk assessment, environmental policy and decision-making.
Seminar: Thursday 5th of March 2015 - 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Prof Katrina Brown is Professor of Social Sciences at the Environment and Sustainability Institute at University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on vulnerability, adaptation and resilience, and ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
Seminar: Thursday 26th of February 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00 hrs. Emanuel Gonçalves is Associate Professor at ISPA – Instituto Universitário (Portugal). His research interests are marine conservation (in particular the role of marine protected areas for ocean governance), marine ecology and connectivity in marine ecosystems, behaviour of marine animals, in particular fish, larval ecology and recruitment.
Seminar: Thursday 19th of February 2015 - 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Prof Neil Adger is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. He researches social dimensions of environmental change. He was an author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and on reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is presently a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at CSIRO in Townsville working with the Resource Governance group.
WHEN: Thursday 12th of February 2015 - 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville - Dr Nick Graham, ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies. Conditions under which reefs bounce back from bleaching events or shift from coral to algal dominance are unknown, making it difficult to predict and plan for differing reef responses under climate change.
12:00pm-1:00pm, Monday 2nd February 2015, Room 106, Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building), JCU, Townsville. Michele Barnes-Mauthe ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies. Considering the scale of anthropogenic stress on the global oceans, we must have a strong understanding of the linkages and feedbacks between people and the marine environment in order to develop viable strategies to advance global sustainability and meet conservation goals.
Using gene expression data to understand evolution and developmental mechanisms in calcareous sponges
WHEN: Monday 15th December 2014, 13.00 - 14.00 hrs, Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106, JCU, Townsville - Sofia Fortunato, Sars Centre of Marine Molecular Biology, Bergen, Norway. Whole-genome sequencing of the local sponge Amphimedon queenslandica (class Demospongia) demonstrated that sponges have a limited repertoire of developmental transcription factors subfamilies in comparison to cnidarians and bilaterians.
WHEN: Monday 15th December 2014, 11.00 - 12.00 hrs, Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106, JCU, Townsville - Jenni Donelson, School of the Environment at the University of Technology, Sydney. An understanding of the capacity for species to acclimate and adapt to rapid climate change is critical for effective management and conservation of ecosystems in the future.
WHEN: Friday 12th December 2014, 13:30 - 14.30 hrs, Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106, JCU, Townsville - Sue-Ann Watson, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Global change, including ocean acidification, poses a serious threat to marine life. Ocean chemistry is changing 100 times faster than any period in the last 650,000 years and the oceans are already 30 % more acidic than 250 years ago. The effects of ocean acidification include reductions in growth, and altered developmental and physiological processes in marine organisms.
11:00am-12:00pm, Friday 12th December 2014, Room 106, Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building), JCU, Townsville. Tracy Ainsworth ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies. Globally sea surface temperatures (SST) have risen 0.6 °C are forecast to continue to rise rapidly within the next 80 years. Models predict that as a result on increasing SST tropical coral reefs will reach annual bleaching thresholds over the coming decades.
WHEN: Wednesday 10th of December 2014; 13:00 to 14:00 hrs - Murray Rudd, Environment Department, University of York. To achieve ocean sustainability requires engagement and collaboration between scientists and policy-makers; scientists' willingness to engage depends on their current and evolving perspectives on the science-policy interface.
WHEN: Tuesday 9th of December 2014; 11:00 to 12:00 hrs - Tiffany Morrison, University of Queensland. This seminar reports on a number of research projects which critically analyse real-world institutional solutions to complexity: regional governance networks in rural environments; adaptive planning regimes in riparian and coastal environments; and cumulative impact assessment regimes in coastal and marine environments.
Ecotourism as a land-use system in southwest China: Conservation Implications for Himalayan old-growth forests
WHEN: Monday 8th of December 2014; 11:00 to 12:00 hrs - Jodi Brandt, Department of Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College. I present a series of studies that measure social and ecological outcomes of ecotourism in Tibetan areas of southwest China.
WHEN: Friday 5th of December 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Rebecca Weeks, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. Using case studies from the Coral Triangle and Pacific Islands, I will first demonstrate the implications of scale mismatches during conservation prioritisation. I will then evaluate efforts to resolve social-ecological scale mismatches through the formation of governance networks.
WHEN: Friday 28th of November 2014; 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - 2 PhD mid-candidature seminars. (1) Tessa Hempson, Mesopredators can switch prey in response to coral reef degradation at expense to their condition. (2) Chao-Yang Kuo, Long-term changes in the structure of inshore coral assemblages on the Great Barrier Reef
WHEN: Thursday 27th of November 2014; 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - Anthony Bertucci, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. I will outline three case studies where careful analysis allows managers to side-step difficult elements of a conservation problem, resulting in simpler and more confident decisions. Despite the projected loss of coral reefs and the direct socio-economic consequences associated with this loss, our fundamental understanding of the Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate physiology that underlies the ecological success of reefs remains poor.
Immunity and secondary metabolite production in the soft coral Lobophytum pauciflorum in competition and the effects of ocean acidification on these processes.
WHEN: Wednesday 26th of November 2014; 14:00 to 15:00 hrs - Natalia Andrade Rodriguez, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. This research will focused on the gene expression and secondary metabolite production of the soft coral Lobophytum pauciflorum in competition and in an immune challenge; and the effects of ocean acidification on them.
WHEN: Tuesday 25th of November 2014; 11:00 to 12:00 hrs - Ed Roberts, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. This project will re-visit the distributional patterns of coral species over depth, and investigate the processes that modulate how species utilise vertical space.
WHEN: Monday 24th of November 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Michael Bode, University of Melbourne. I will outline three case studies where careful analysis allows managers to side-step difficult elements of a conservation problem, resulting in simpler and more confident decisions.
WHEN: Thursday 20th of November 2014; 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - John Pandolfi, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Most records of the long-term ecological history of coral reefs are confined to the past few decades, long after degradation of such habitats first emerged.
WHEN: Thursday 13th of November 2014; 10:00 to 11:00 hrs - Mike Fabinyi, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville. In this presentation I will provide an overview of research undertaken for my Society in Science - Branco Weiss fellowship.
WHEN: Tuesday 11th of November 2014; 13:30 to 14:30 hrs - Scott Smithers, Faculty of Science and Engineering, JCU, Townsville. In this seminar I present some general geomorphological traits of the Great Barrier Reef of relevance to ecologists and managers, and use examples of geomorphological research on inshore reefs and reef islands of the Great Barrier Reef as case studies to show how geomorphological knowledge is relevant to some key challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef.
WHEN: Friday 14th of November 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Judi Lowe, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville. Dive tourism is cited for its capacity to contribute to integrated coastal management (ICM) and livelihoods for artisanal fishers. Many assume that livelihoods from dive tourism will give an incentive to fishers to reduce overfishing.
Professorial Inaugural Lecture: People and Reefs: A social scientist’s escapades confronting the coral reef crisis
WHEN: Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 6.00pm - I will highlight some of the bright spots I have encountered - places that have developed local solutions to sustain their reefs in the face of the most difficult circumstances. I will showcase a strategy for unlocking the potential of these local solutions at a global scale.
WHEN: Tuesday 4th of November 2014; 11:00 to 12:00 hrs - Prof. Graeme Cumming, University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. I will explore three questions that I regard as central to the further development of ecological and social-ecological theory.
WHEN: Thursday 23rd of October 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Brock Bergseth, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. The aim of this project is to examine the methods used to measure compliance, and explore the drivers of recreational fishers’ compliance decisions
WHEN: Wednesday 22nd of October 2014; 15:45 to 16:45 hrs - Joshua Cinner, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. In this talk, I highlight some of the interdisciplinary efforts my research group and I have taken to link social and ecological research on the sustainable use and governance of coral reefs.
WHEN: Wednesday 22nd of October 2014; 14:30 to 15:30 hrs - Christopher Raymond, University of Tasmania. In this presentation, I will explore concepts, methods and applications directed towards effectively engaging local communities in conservation planning in an era of rapid environmental change.
WHEN: Tuesday 14th of October 2014; 10:00 to 11:00 hrs - Chiara Pisapia, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. Many studies have documented significant variation in the capacity of corals to withstand and recover from major disturbances, but the underlying basis of this variation is still poorly understood.
WHEN: Thursday 9th of October 2014; 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - Amelia Wenger, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. I will present the current state of knowledge on the direct and indirect effects of marine pollution on the behaviour, physiology, life histories and communities of coral reef fishes, and the potential consequences of altered fish abundances for the ecology of coral reefs.
WHEN: Thursday 2nd of October 2014; 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - Mary Bonin, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies. In this talk I will review what is known about fragmentation effects from studies in other systems and use this as a basis to develop the first tests of fragmentation effects on coral reef fishes.
WHEN: Thursday 18th of September 2014; 16:00 to 17:00 hrs - Peter Mumby, University of Queensland, Brisbane. I present a combination of new empirical studies from Palau and a new model of Australian coral reefs and ask how different Pacific are from the Caribbean and what are the projections under climate change.
WHEN: Thursday 14th of August 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Jana Brotankova, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, Townsville. A new conservation planning software package is being developed at James Cook University, with a ground-breaking approach to address limitations for real-world problems.
The need to consider connectivity in the design of marine reserve networks has long been recognised. Connectivity processes, with larval dispersal key amongst these, are critical to whether species persist in a region, how they respond to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and how they should be managed.
Through fieldwork on small-scale fisheries, small and commercial-scale aquaculture in Mozambique and Solomon Islands, I will explore the importance and vulnerability of marine resource-based livelihoods.
WHEN: Thursday 14th of August 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Ian Craigie, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, Townsville. In this study we used linear mixed effect models to explore correlates of population change in 1902 populations of birds and mammals from 447 PAs globally.
WHEN: Thursday 7th of August 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Prof Han Lindeboom, Wageningen University, Netherlands. Already for almost 25 years, The Netherlands has been talking about the creation of Marine Protected Areas in the open North Sea, but so far no real protective measures have been taken.