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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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Coral Reef Studies

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


Thursday, 11th of September 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs

Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville; video-linked to the University of Queensland (GCI Boardroom, Level 7, Gehrmann Building 60.
Jana Brotankova, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville
Jana Brotankova, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, JCU, Townsville

Abstract:  Conservation planning is essential for cost-effective and accountable investment in protected areas and other approaches to preserving nature. With extensive and diverse threats to biodiversity and limited funds and staff to mitigate threats, prioritizing conservation actions is essential. Existing conservation planning software, including Marxan, C-Plan, and Zonation, have been used extensively for conservation-related research, but also for real-world applications that have led to gains for conservation. However, these tools are limited in various ways in addressing the full complexity of day-to-day management decisions. Thus, a new software package is being developed at James Cook University, with a ground-breaking approach to address limitations for real-world problems. The new software is being designed initially for use by managers of islands in north-western Western Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. The software will include new solvers for selection of the most cost-effective solutions, and uses a new approach to the model of the ecosystem. The first results using two different types of solvers will be presented.

Biography: Jana arrived from a cold Europe where she completed her masters and PhD in plasma physics. After working in several European fusion centres – Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands but most of all in her home institute in Prague, she took off for postdoc positions in India, and ANU Canberra. Now, she is part of Program 6. With her unusual background, she is exploiting her programming skills which she gained during her research, and her strong analytic skills, as the mathematics and mathematical logic is one of the foot-stones of her education and lifestyle.


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