Special Recent Posts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 plasticity
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.
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.
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.
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 networks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climate change refugia for terrestrial biodiversity: defining areas that promote species persistence and ecosystem resilience in the face of global climate change
WHEN: Thursday 24th of October 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs- Dr April Reside, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University. The most cost-effective solution for biodiversity conservation under climate change is to identify and protect those places in the landscape that will harbour many species from the worst impacts of climate change. April will present some of her work developing methods to identify refugial areas in Australia.
WHEN: Thursday 17th of October 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs- Professor Bob Pressey, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. How would we judge the relative effectiveness of approaches to identifying priority conservation areas? In his seminar, Professor Bob Pressey will outline directions for conservation science to move toward an evidence base.
WHEN: Thursday 26th of September 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs- Dr. Vimoksalehi Lukoschek, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Vee will show results of her work on the genetic diversity of Acropora species in the GBR as a mean of understanding connectivity. She will also present results from a natural experiment of coral recovery and connectivity following the coral damage done by Yasi at the Palm Islands.
WHEN: Wednesday 25th of September 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs- Dr. Mike Harfoot, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Microsoft Research. Mike will present the Madingley model, a global ecosystem model for terrestrial and marine ecosystems that simulates distribution and abundance of organisms.
A predator and its habitat: potential impacts of ocean acidification on the performance of a coral reef fish
WHEN: Thursday, 12th of September 2013; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs - Dr Jodie Rummer, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Jodie will present some results of her work on the impact of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide on the metabolism of blue-spotted rockcod in the aim to increase our understanding of the interactions between ocean acidification and predator-prey dynamics and impacts on health of coral reef ecosytems.
Confirmation seminar - Environmental influences on the reproductive, larval, and postsettlement biology of the crown-of-thorns starfish
WHEN: Friday, 6th of September 2013; 10:00 to 11:00 hrs - Ciemon Caballes, JCU Townsville. Ciemon will present his research project on the Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish. His main objective will be to better comprehend how various environmental parameters could affect COTS biology at early life stages ; and explain recent and future outbreaks.