Event Details

Thursday, 13 September 2018 - Thursday, 13 September 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UQ Location:
Goddard Building (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Ms Gabriella Scata
049 0887 277
Org. Unit:
Marine Science

Event Description

Full Description:
The Centre for Marine Science (CMS) in collaboration with the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science (CBCS) will be hosting a Seminar next Thursday 13th September at 1pm in Goddard Building (8), Room 501. (Please note that this time the seminar will be hosted in a different room from the usual one).

Our speakers are two students, Isaac Brito Morales and James Vandersteen with two exciting talks on marine conservation issues.

Details of their talks below.

Using Remote Sensing to Quantify the Relationship between Light Pollution and Sea Turtle Nesting on Heron Island

James Vandersteen, Honours candidate at BIOL, collaborating with CBCS, CEED and NESP

Advanced ground-based remote sensing tools open new opportunities to study and quantify light pollution, its spatial distribution, and impact on a wide range of animals including sea turtles. Such tools include the newly available state-of-the-art calibrated DSLR cameras, equipped with fish-eye lens to take hemispheric photos of light intensity.
This technology was employed on Heron Island to investigate the relationship between spatial patterns of light pollution on Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting. These results will enable the mapping and characterisation of light sources on Heron Island to facilitate the planning and mitigation of light pollution, enhancing the conservation of sea turtles.

Climate Velocity in the Ocean and its Implications for Conservation,
Isaac Brito Morales, PhD candidate at SEES and CSIRO

Climate change is shifting speciesí ranges. Simple predictive metrics of range shifts, such as climate velocity, that do not require extensive knowledge and data on individual species could help guide conservation. Climate velocity describes the rate and direction at which a species would need to move to keep pace with changing climate.

The aim of my project is to analyse how climate velocity might influence speciesí distribution shifts at different ocean depths, and the resultant implications for the global marine protected area network (MPA), both currently and under future climate change.

We hope to see you there!

If you would like to present in the future, please contact marine@uq.edu.au

Directions to UQ

Google Map:
To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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