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Physics-biology links determining connectivity for estuarine and coastal fauna and flora at scales of m to 10,000 km


Thursday 28th April 2016 - 16:00 to 17:00 hrs

Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville
Eric Wolanski
Eric Wolanski

Abstract: Physical oceanographers have made a significant contribution to understand and quantify the water currents and the diffusion processes that help control the transport of propagules and larvae. This understanding by itself does generally not satisfactorily explain the observed self-seeding and connectivity of marine populations. A more realistic understanding results when the passive and active behaviour of the seeds, propagules, larvae, hatchlings and juveniles are taken into account.  I will summarise and provide a synthesis of recent advances through field, genetic and model studies of the self-recruitment and connectivity of jellyfish in marine lakes, corals in acidified bays, seagrass in Torres Strait, mangrove propagules, mussels, prawns, some estuarine fish, sea turtles in the GBR, the copepod Calanus finmarchius in the North Sea, and the ornate spiny lobster P. ornatus from Torres Strait to Vietnam.

Biography: Eric Wolanski is an estuarine and coastal oceanographer at James Cook University. His research focuses on the interaction between physical and biological processes determining ecosystem health in estuaries, coastal wetlands, and coral reefs. He has 380 publications including the books “Physical Oceanographic Processes of the Great Barrier Reef”, “Oceanographic processes of coral reefs: Physical and biological links in the Great Barrier Reef”, “Coastal Wetlands. An integrated ecosystem approach”, “Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond”, and “Estuarine Ecohydrology. An Introduction”.  Eric is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer. He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the catholic University of Louvain, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by ECSA. He is a member of the ARC College of Experts, ACSRF, and of the Scientific and Policy Committee of EMECS.


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