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Habitat fragmentation: How does it affect coral reef fish biodiversity?

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.Habitat fragmentation: How does it affect coral reef fish biodiversity?

Empirical and theoretical insights into the resilience of Pacific coral reefs

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.Empirical and theoretical insights into the resilience of Pacific coral reefs

Spherical chicken in vacuum as a prototype of a crystal ball for conservation managers

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.Spherical chicken in vacuum as a prototype of a crystal ball for conservation managers

Towards explicit objectives for connectivity in conservation planning

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.Towards explicit objectives for connectivity in conservation planning

A Sea of Small Boats: Importance and Vulnerability of Coastal Livelihoods

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.A Sea of Small Boats: Importance and Vulnerability of Coastal Livelihoods

Terrestrial protected areas and the successful conservation of global wildlife populations

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.Terrestrial protected areas and the successful conservation of global wildlife populations

Spatial planning in the Dutch North Sea: MPAs, wind farms and the effects on the ecosystem.

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.Spatial planning in the Dutch North Sea: MPAs, wind farms and the effects on the ecosystem.

A practical approach to design a network of marine reserves in the Midriff Islands (Gulf of California) considering connectivity and climate change

WHEN: Thursday 31st of July 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Jorge Alvarez Romero, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Townsville. Our study aimed to develop a practical approach to design networks of marine reserves that consider ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change.A practical approach to design a network of marine reserves in the Midriff Islands (Gulf of California) considering connectivity and climate change

Sensitivity of coral trout (Plectropomus) to increasing temperature, ocean acidification and habitat degradation

WHEN: Thursday 24th of July 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Morgan Pratchett, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Townsville. A team of researchers (led by Professors Morgan Pratchett and Philip Munday) have embarked on an ambitious study to examine comprehensive effects of climate change on coral trout.Sensitivity of coral trout (Plectropomus) to increasing temperature, ocean acidification and habitat degradation

Trait-based ecology of coral reef fishes

WHEN: Thursday 17th of July 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Osmar Luiz, Macquarie University, Sydney. This talk review recent applications of trait based approaches to the dispersal ecology and conservation of reef fishes and provide fresh perspectives for future studies using reef fish biological traits.Trait-based ecology of coral reef fishes

A cost-benefit analysis of unilateral conservation of a transboundary resource

WHEN: Monday 14th of July 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Dale Squires, NOAA Fisheries. This study examines the economic costs and benefits of countries attempting to unilaterally manage transboundary resources.A cost-benefit analysis of unilateral conservation of a transboundary resource

Caribbean reef ecosystem decline: changing dynamics of coral reef carbonate production and implications for future reef growth potential

Global-scale deteriorations in coral reef health have caused major shifts in species composition and are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. It has been suggested that one effect of these observed and projected ecological changes will be lower carbonate production rates on coral reefs.Caribbean reef ecosystem decline: changing dynamics of coral reef carbonate production and implications for future reef growth potential

Virginia Chadwick Memorial Reef Talk - Fish on Acid: Will Ocean Acidification Drive Fish Crazy?

In this talk I will examine the potential effects of ocean acidification on reef fishes.Virginia Chadwick Memorial Reef Talk – Fish on Acid: Will Ocean Acidification Drive Fish Crazy?

Managing hawksbill turtles and bumphead parrotfish in Solomon Islands through participatory research and community based conservation

WHEN: Thursday 26th of June 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Richard Hamilton, The Nature Conservancy. In Solomon Islands the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and the threatened bumphead parrotfish have formed an important component of the cultural value systems and subsistence economies for centuries.Managing hawksbill turtles and bumphead parrotfish in Solomon Islands through participatory research and community based conservation

What do Australians think about the Great Barrier Reef and why does it matter?

WHEN: Thursday 19th of June 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Jeremy Goldberg, JCU School of Business and CSIRO Ecosystem Science group. CSIRO conducted a nationally representative online survey of more than 2,000 Australian residents to explore four key areas related to the GBR: inspiration, visitation, attitudes and perceptions of threats. We found that Australians are overwhelmingly concerned about and connected to the GBR.What do Australians think about the Great Barrier Reef and why does it matter?

Agriculture, mining and the future of tropical nature

WHEN: Thursday 5th of June 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Prof Jeff Sayer, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns. A perfect wave of land use conflicts is emerging in many tropical developing countries. This has major implications for conservation investments. Conservationists will have to make hard choices and these should be based upon evidence and not emotion.Agriculture, mining and the future of tropical nature

Predicting the effects of environmental change on the productivity of coral communities

In this seminar I will describe recent research that aims to generalize the responses of multiple coral species by developing a new coral ‘ecological strategy scheme’.Predicting the effects of environmental change on the productivity of coral communities

Climate warming, overfishing & global phase-shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin grazing

In this presentation, I will detail the key findings from over a decade of research on the ongoing threat of urchin overgrazing in eastern Tasmania.Climate warming, overfishing & global phase-shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin grazing

Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Rapid recovery of degraded reefs following high human mortality from the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Coral reefs are in global decline largely as a result of climate change and ongoing destructive human activities, such as overfishing and poorly managed coastal development.Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Rapid recovery of degraded reefs following high human mortality from the Indian Ocean Tsunami

What drives larval transport: from the beaker to the ocean

WHEN: Thursday 15th of May 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Anna Metaxas, Dalhousie University, Canada. Our research measures larval behaviours in tractable laboratory experiments that can explain larval distributions observed in the field and can be included in biophysical models to predict larval transport.What drives larval transport: from the beaker to the ocean

Increasing the Odds of Making a Difference-Perspectives on the Role of Theory in Strategic Communication

WHEN: Thursday 8th of May 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Prof. Sam Ham, University of Idaho, Moscow ID, USA. In this informal seminar, Prof Ham will talk with us about his thematic approach to communication and what he calls "making a difference on purpose." We have much to learn about the causal effects of communication on human cognition and behavior.Increasing the Odds of Making a Difference-Perspectives on the Role of Theory in Strategic Communication

Adaptive strategies of scleractinian corals

WHEN: Thursday 24th of April 2014; 10:00 to 11:00 hrs - Chao-Yang Kuo, ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. This project aims to test whether Universal adaptive strategy theory (UAST) can does apply to scleractinian corals and if so, are adaptive strategy groups more effective at predicting the response of an assemblage to disturbance than approaches based on either taxonomy or morphology.Adaptive strategies of scleractinian corals

Vulnerability of coral reef fisheries to a loss of structural complexity

WHEN: Thursday 24th of April 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Alice Rogers, University of Queensland. We do not yet have the ability to predict how habitat loss might affect the productivity of whole reef communities and the fisheries they support. Using data from an un-fished reserve in the Bahamas, we find that structural complexity is not only associated with increased fish biomass and abundance, but also with non-linearities in the size spectra of fish, implying disproportionately high abundances of certain size classes.Vulnerability of coral reef fisheries to a loss of structural complexity

Resource limitation in reef fish communities: a macroecological approach

WHEN: Wednesday 16th of April 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Richard Taylor, University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory, New Zealand. Richard will present global patterns in the abundance, biomass and species richness of reef fishes, using Reef Life Survey data from 1,825 sites in 11 biogeographic realms.Resource limitation in reef fish communities: a macroecological approach

Game theory in conservation: strengths and limitations

WHEN: Thursday 10th of April 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Michael Bode, School of Botany, University of Melbourne. Conservation involves multiple actors. The theory of interactive decision making – game theory – can offer useful insights into conservation dynamics, and frame critiques of optimal organisation behaviour and structure.Game theory in conservation: strengths and limitations

Fear and longing: Predator change and the role of behavior in marine conservation

WHEN: Thursday 27th of March 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Robert Warner, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In marine systems, many of the spatial and temporal changes in predator numbers - both increases and decreases - are human-induced. These changes are occurring at scales ranging from global to local. Indirect effects are known to be important in structuring ecosystems.Fear and longing: Predator change and the role of behavior in marine conservation

Quantifying shifts in community composition and structural complexity using 3D models

WHEN: Thursday 20th of March 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Tom Bridge, ARC Centre of Excellence for Disturbances on coral reefs may cause changes in both the composition of ecological communities and topographic complexity of the reef structures themselves. The increasing frequency and severity of disturbances in recent decades has resulted in declines in both structural complexity and coral abundance and diversity, which in turn influences other coral-dependent taxa such as fishes and mobile invertebrates.Quantifying shifts in community composition and structural complexity using 3D models

Assessment of scale dependent function in reef fish, and its application to the evaluation of coral reef resilience

WHEN: Thursday 13th of March 2014; 10:00 to 11:00 hrs - Kirsty Nash, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The functional roles played by fish have been identified as critical for supporting the resilience of reefs within a coral-dominated state. However, research to date suggests that measures such as functional diversity or biomass of functional groups may not be directly related to ecosystem impact, due to spatial and ontogenetic changes in function.Assessment of scale dependent function in reef fish, and its application to the evaluation of coral reef resilience

Climate Change and Genetic Structure of Leading Edge and Rear End Populations in a Northwards Shifting Marine Fish Species, the Corkwing Wrasse (Symphodus melops)

WHEN: Thursday 20th of February 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Halvor Knusten, Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Flødevigen Marine Research Station, Norway. Long-distance dispersal may be severely limited in the corkwing wrasse, and successful range-shifts following present climate change may be problematic for this and other species with limited dispersal abilities, even in the seemingly continuous marine environment.Climate Change and Genetic Structure of Leading Edge and Rear End Populations in a Northwards Shifting Marine Fish Species, the Corkwing Wrasse (Symphodus melops)

Double jeopardy and extinction risk in corals and reef fish

WHEN: Thursday 12th of December 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Professor Terry Hughes, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville. Professor Terry Hughes will close our 2013 seminar series by presenting the work he conducted with Prof. David Bellwood and Prof. Sean Connoly.Double jeopardy and extinction risk in corals and reef fish

Local adaptation in a Caribbean coral is associated with gene expression plasticity

WHEN: Monday 9th of December 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Carly Kenkel, Department of Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin, US. Local adaptation in a Caribbean coral is associated with gene expression plasticityLocal adaptation in a Caribbean coral is associated with gene expression plasticity

Long Term Monitoring on the Great Barrier Reef – including people in the equation

WHEN: Thursday 5th of December 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Renae Tobin, Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and the School of Earth and Environmental Science, James Cook University, Townsville. Renae will present the work undertaken by the Social and Economic Long Term Monitoring Program (SELTMP) that is attempting to fill the current void in cross-sector social and economic data, to help ensure the inclusion of the social dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef in its management.Long Term Monitoring on the Great Barrier Reef – including people in the equation

Hunting for herpetofauna in the Western Ghats: a Wallacean approach to discovering diversity

WHEN: Wednesday 4th of December 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Kartik Shanker, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. In his seminar, Kartik will tackle the long-standing ecology and evolutionary pursuit of describing diversity using a grid based approach. This incorporates biogeography, morphological and molecular data on frogs, lizards and snakes of Western Ghats in India.Hunting for herpetofauna in the Western Ghats: a Wallacean approach to discovering diversity

Whether, why and how pair bonding exists in a family of lower vertebrate, the Chaetodontidae

WHEN: Tuesday, 26th of November 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Jessica Nowicki, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Jess will be presenting her confirmation seminar for her PhD on pair bonding. She will show us how she intends to fill the knowledge gap of occurrence, adaptive significance and neurobiology of pair bonding using butterflyfish as a model species.Whether, why and how pair bonding exists in a family of lower vertebrate, the Chaetodontidae

Scaling up to form marine protected area networks: the role of coordination of initiatives and institutional collaborations in the Philippines

WHEN: Friday, 22nd of November 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Vera Horigue, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Vera will present the results of her PhD on MPA management in the Philippines and in particular she will 1) describe the role of institutional collaborations in scaling up to form networks; 2) determine the benefits of scaling up to form networks; 3) evaluate the management performance of these networks; and 4) identify and examine the factors that influence the management performance of networksScaling up to form marine protected area networks: the role of coordination of initiatives and institutional collaborations in the Philippines

PLANNING AND MANAGING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: lessons learnt for the future planning of the Reef and implications for MPAs elsewhere

WHEN: Monday, 18th of November 2013; 15:00 to 16:00 hrs - Jon Day, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Jon will be presenting his PhD proposal on analysing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rezoning process and the lessons drawn from it to formulate implications and more effective management of Marine Protected Areas.PLANNING AND MANAGING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF: lessons learnt for the future planning of the Reef and implications for MPAs elsewhere

Prioritising multiple management actions for marine turtle conservation

WHEN: Thursday, 14th of November 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Dr Mariana Fuentes, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. In this talk, Mariana will discuss the complexities and approaches undertaken to prioritise marine turtle management under different contexts and locations. She will first present a novel framework to explicitly prioritise conservation actions and then introduce a new project that she is involved with in Brasil.Prioritising multiple management actions for marine turtle conservation

Global ecology and biogeography of reef fishes

WHEN: Monday, 11th of November 2013; 13:00 to 14:00 hrs - Dr Valeriano Parravicini, IRD, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Banyul sur mer, France. In this talk, Valeriano will show the results of a project on the global ecology and biogeography of reef fishes. The project allowed for the compilation of two extensive global databases, the first on the geographical distribution of 6,316 reef fishes and the second comprising abundance information from about 10,000 transects across the world.Global ecology and biogeography of reef fishes

Ecological processes on disturbed coral reefs and implications for reef recovery

WHEN: Friday, 8th of November 2013; 11:00 to 12:00 hrs - Karen Chong-Seng, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Karen will present the work she conducted during her PhD. Her aim is to use the extensive variability in reef condition that exists on reefs of the inner Seychelles islands to understand the role of communities shaping key ecological reef processes.Ecological processes on disturbed coral reefs and implications for reef recovery

Confirmation seminar: Coral reef mesopredator trophodynamics in response to reef condition

WHEN: Tuesday, 29th of October 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Tessa Hempson, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Tessa will present the work she has planned to conduct for her PhD on the key implications of habitat degradation for mesopredators and their role in coral reef trophodynamics.Confirmation seminar: Coral reef mesopredator trophodynamics in response to reef condition



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