Please join us for an engaging evening of coral reef science with a cross-generational perspective. The Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) co-director Dr Anne Hoggett will introduce Renato Morais (2017 Lizard Island Doctoral Fellow) and UTS Professor William (Bill) Gladstone.
Renato is a young scientist whose first visit to the Great Barrier Reef was in 2016, after cyclones and coral bleaching had caused enormous damage. He will provide insight into the effects of habitat degradation on reef fishes through his research at Lizard Island, building on previous research at LIRS. Bill and Anne have both had the privilege of knowing the Reef, as students and then scientists, since the 1970s. Following Renato’s talk, all three will contribute to discussion with the audience.
Drinks and canapes will follow in the Wild Planet, providing a chance to engage with the scientists.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
6:00 PM sharp
Hallstrom Theatre for panel discussion
1 William Street, Sydney
Enter via Crystal Hall, corner of William and College Streets
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This event is complimentary, however we would ask you to please consider making a tax-deductible contribution via lirrf.org/donate.
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About the Speakers:
Dr Anne Hoggett AM is co-director at LIRS with her husband Dr Lyle Vail AM. They have lived at LIRS for the past 28 years, developing the station into an internationally-renowned facility for coral reef science. Few scientists are better positioned to share observations about the current state of our northern Great Barrier Reef. Originally an echinoderm taxonomist studying the classification of starfishes and related animals, Anne’s taxonomic interests have broadened to include all life in the Lizard Island area. She initiated and develops the online Lizard Island Field Guide which now includes about 2,600 species.
Renato Morais is a PhD student at James Cook University’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, focussing in the energetics of coral reef ecosystems. He is developing an approach to enhance estimates of fish biomass production in these ecosystems. He believes that, as far as coral reefs are concerned, no meal comes for free. Renato was awarded the 2017 Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship.
Professor William Gladstone is Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science, UTS. Bill is a marine biologist with research and teaching interests in marine conservation biology, fish behavioural ecology, and marine environmental management. A major focus of Bill’s teaching has been the involvement of students in solving environmental issues to deepen field and classroom learning, and the excellence of these initiatives has been widely recognized through many teaching awards from the Dean, Vice-Chancellor, Carrick Institute, and the National Trust. Particular research interests of Bill’s include the value of biodiversity surrogates for selecting and designing marine protected areas, reef fish spawning aggregations, environmental controls of reef fish spawning, and the management and conservation of marine biodiversity in developing countries. Bill’s PhD research into behavioural ecology of pufferfish was done at LIRS in the 1980s.