Marine and Antarctic Seminar Series (MASS) - Reefs of Change

  • Start Date
    12th Dec 2017
  • End Date
    12th Dec 2017
  • Duration
    1 hour
  • Description
    The IMAS Marine and Antarctic Seminar Series (MASS) is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, bringing together researchers from across a range of interests and expertise to discuss a significant topic. The December seminar is:

    Reefs of Change

    Reef ecosystems harbour a disproportionate proportion of the world’s marine biodiversity and support some of the most important ecosystem services for humans including lucrative fisheries and tourism industries.
    This MASS panel-event will cover Reefs of Change from tropical to temperate systems. Firstly it will explore reef ecosystems at large biogeographical scales to determine how temperature underpins species distributions and how re-distributions of species will likely play out under changing climate. Secondly, long-term reef changes observed across Australia will be detailed, including regions undergoing temperate-tropical transitions under both chronic and acute warming. Finally, the dynamics of how reef systems undergo change will be described and concepts of stability, tipping-points and reef resilience will be discussed along with opportunities to thwart unwanted shifts.

    Speakers: Dr Rick Stuart-Smith; Dr Neville Barrett; Dr Scott Ling

    When: 1pm, Tuesday 12 Decemmber 2017

    Where: Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Salamanca Place, Hobart

    A light lunch will be provided afterwards.

    Previous MASS seminars

    14 November 2017

    The need for negative CO2 emissions: Nature versus Nurture

    If we are to restrict warming of the planet to 2C or less in the coming decades, we will have to achieve negative emissions by removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stowing them away permanently. In the marine realm, there are a range of options that have the potential to sequester additional carbon, from natural (often termed blue carbon) to purposeful manipulation of the carbon cycle (referred to as climate intervention or geoengineering). Today we will compare and contrast the science behind Nature (i.e., blue carbon) and Nurture (i.e., geoengineering), and then frame this debate around the broader environmental regulations required for each approach.

    Speakers: Associate Professor Peter Macreadie (Deakin University); Professor Philip Boyd; Aylin Mohammadalipour Tofighi (IMAS)

    10 October 2017

    The Polar Code for shipping

    The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, the ‘Polar Code’, entered into force on 1 January 2017 for new ships. Vessels travelling in Arctic and Antarctic waters are now classed into one of three classifications based on their ability to withstand impact with three different types of ice. Ice is the critical factor here, and this presentation will give an overview of what’s in the Code, explain the difficulties of ice-forecasting, and demonstrate the software used as a Bridge Simulator to train ship’s crew in ice navigation.

    Speakers: Dr Julia Jabour (IMAS); Dr Jan Lieser (ACE CRC); Scott Laughlin (AMC)

    Click here for a Vimeo recording of the seminar.

    12 September 2017

    Towards an acoustically Sound Ocean: How is anthropogenic sound impacting marine life?

    There is growing scientific and societal concern about the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine ecosystems. Sources of these sounds are diverse and include ship noise, pile driving, tidal power generation and seismic surveying, which involves the repetitive use of intense acoustic impulse signals to image subsea geology. To date, the effects of seismic exposure on whales has received considerable attention, fish somewhat less, and invertebrates virtually none. This seminar will present recent work examining the effects of seismic surveying on marine invertebrates, through a collaboration with IMAS and Curtin University. We will also explore the extent to which current state, national and international environmental protection regimes adequately respond to marine noise pollution.

    Speakers: Associate Professor Jayson Semmens (IMAS), Associate Professor Rob McCauley (Curtin) and Dr Jeff McGee (IMAS – Law)

    Click here for a Vimeo recording of the seminar.

    8 August 2017

    Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA): Opportunity or not?

    Integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) is all about turning waste streams from finfish aquaculture into raw materials for further production, providing secondary products and environmental benefits such as nutrient and carbon mitigation and more efficient/ responsible food production at the same time. Seaweeds (primary producers) are an integral component of all IMTA initiatives, but are often thought of as secondary products.

    Speakers: Associate Professor Catriona Macleod; Associate Professor Catriona Hurd; Dr Karen Alexander

    Click here for a Vimeo recording of the seminar.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
December 6, 2017