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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


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Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)

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Public lecture: Shaping the future of climate change- scepticism or denial?


5.00pm - 6.00pm Thursday, 8 April 2010

DB25-002 (Nursing Sciences), James Cook University, Townsville
Professor Malcolm McCulloch FAA

Who: Professor Malcolm McCulloch FAA

Western Australian Premier’s Fellow, School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia

Deputy Director, ARC Centre of excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Where: DB25-002 (Nursing Sciences), James Cook University, Townsville

When: 5.00pm – 6.00pm Thursday, 8 April 2010

Refreshments will be served from 4.30pm

Are you concerned about climate change, but not totally sure what to conclude?  Worried about uncertainties in the science and attacks on scientists and what constitutes proper scientific conduct?  What is a valid scientific idea and how is a scientific consensus formed?
Professor Malcolm McCulloch will present the science of climate change in a way that removes confusion, illuminates the key science concepts, and distinguishes between scientifically based scepticism and ‘flat-earth’ denialism.
Options and future directions in dealing with climate change will be discussed.

Professor Malcolm McCulloch

Malcolm McCulloch studies how climate and human processes have influenced both past and present marine environments with particular emphasis on coral reefs.

Malcolm has received a number of prestigious awards, including Fellowships of the Australian Academy of Science (2004), the Geological Society of Australia (2007), the Geochemical Society (2008) and the American Geophysical Union (2002). In 2009 he was awarded the Jaeger Medal in Earth Sciences by the Australian Academy of Science. Malcolm is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. His 240 scientific papers have been published in leading international journals including 23 in Science or Nature.

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