Special Recent Posts
Seminar: Thursday 28th of May 2015 – 16:00 to 17:00 hrs Dr Scott Wooldridge is an ecological modeller who has spent the last 15 years working at the Australian Institute of Marine Science investigating the cumulative impacts of multiple stressors on coral reef and seagrass ecosystems.
Seminar: Wednesday 13th of May, 09:00 to 10:00 hrs. Jenni Donelson is currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on the plasticity of fish in the face of changing environmental conditions. Specifically, on the capacity for developmental and transgenerational plasticity of reef fish to potentially enhance performance in future environments.
Seminar: Tuesday 12th of May, 13:00 to 14:00 hrs. Greg Torda’s current research interest gravitates around the ecological, physiological and genetic bases of resilience of corals to stressors. He uses a variety of approaches, including state-of-the-art molecular techniques, controlled laboratory experiments, in situ field data collection and modelling to better understand the mechanisms that underpin the recovery of scleractinian populations from perturbations.
Seminar: Tuesday 12th of May, 11:30 to 12:30 hrs. Sue-Ann Watson is a research associate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. Her research focuses on the ecological effects of global change, particularly ocean acidification, and evolutionary responses to environmental gradients in marine organisms.
PhD Confirmation Seminar: Thursday 30th of April 2015 – 12:00 to 13:00 hrs. Zara grew up in the UK and achieved her BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Whilst diving in Thailand, Zara had her first encounter with a crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) outbreak and was immediately interested in the causes of these outbreaks and their effects on coral reef communities. Supervised by Prof. Morgan Pratchett and Dr. Vanessa Messmer within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, her PhD is looking at the role predation in population regulation of COTS.
Seminar: Wednesday 6th of May 2015 – 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Diego Barneche is passionate about making better use of mathematical, statistical and computational tools to develop predictive ecological theories, models and empirical tests. He is currently interested in explaining mechanistically how individual-level determinants of metabolism affect the energy flux and productivity of populations, communities and ecosystems across the world's oceans.
Interview Seminar: Tuesday 5th of May 2015 – 09:30 to 10:30 hrs. Peter's work on the phylogenetic reconstruction of diverse reef fish families has provided a framework which has allowed him to explore patterns of origination, trophic evolution and ancestral biogeography across the global tropics. His work has highlighted the importance of coral reef association in the diversification of associated fish lineages and its potential to act as a refuge from extinction.
What are the effects of dredging on the Great Barrier Reef? A synthesis by an independent panel of experts
Seminar: Thursday 30th of April, 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Laurence McCook works in science-based management of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. For the last 11 years, Laurence worked at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, with the aim of ensuring the management of the Great Barrier Reef is based on the best available scientific information, in the face of increasing, cumulative impacts, ecosystem declines and climate change. To watch video click here...
Seminar: Thursday 23rd April, 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. David Mills has worked on diverse projects relating to fisheries information systems, governance, fisheries and food security, and aquaculture development. He has worked on projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and Solomon Islands.
Seminar: Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 – 11:00 to 12:00 hrs. Dr Andrew Hoey is a Senior Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. His research focuses on understanding the functional importance of different taxa to the resilience of coral reef ecosystems, the differential responses of fishes to changes in the benthic structure of coral reef habitats, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function.
Seminar: Thursday 2nd of April 2015 – 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Dr. Grosell is a Maytag professor of ichthyology with specialty in environmental physiology and toxicology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) in the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology. His areas of expertise include trace metal homeostasis and toxicity, oil and PAH toxicity, respiratory gas exchange, cardiovascular physiology, acid-base balance, and osmoregulation in reptiles, fish and invertebrates. Rachael Heuer is a PhD student interested in interested in how ocean acidification affects acid-base balance in marine fish.
Seminar: Thursday 9th of April 2015 – 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Adjunct Professor Nick Oliver is currently working with the JCU eResearch Centre to encourage researchers to consider data storage and management for the future. This talk and discussion session is intended to brief the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and other JCU marine science researchers on the likely future of data management and how it will impact on your research career. Because it will.
Seminar: Thursday 2nd of April 2015 – 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Dr Andrew Chin has worked in marine research since the 1990s. Starting at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Andrew then spent ten years working at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Since moving to James Cook University in 2008, Andrew's research has focused on coastal ecology and fisheries, particularly sharks and rays in the Pacific region
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.