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Innovations to save our oceans
What’s making waves in ocean science?

This National Science Week, dive in with our expert panel of scientists to find out the impact of the biggest problems that our oceans are facing, and how science can solve them.

Aug 17, 2020 05:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg FAA
@The University of Queensland
Ove is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and a Professor of Marine Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Over the past 10 years he was Founding Director of the Global Change Institute and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies in Australia and Affiliated Professor in Tropical Marine Biology at the University of Copenhagen. Ove’s research focuses on the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems and is one of the most cited authors on climate change.
Jemma Purandare
@Griffith University
Jemma is a marine and coastal scientist with expertise in marine and coastal habitat ecology, impact assessment, monitoring, and restoration. Jemma’s work focuses on the impacts of human intervention in coastal and marine environments and the bridge between legislative commitment and achieving on-ground conservation outcomes. Jemma's work includes the impacts of development and landscape change on ecosystem dynamics, innovative marine and coastal ecosystem restoration, and the potential for natural coastal and marine systems and processes to be better utilised as a part of coastal adaptation and climate resilience. She has a particular interest in the role that ecological restoration of the marine and coastal environment can have in improving ecosystem services, particularly from the perspective of coastal protection and provision of living shorelines, and the ability of improved and adaptive policy to better achieve real results in conservation.
Dr Beth Fulton
@CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere
Beth is an ecosystem modeller, leading the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart. With a background in ecology, marine biology and mathematics she has concentrated on developing whole-of-system models. The models she has helped develop have provided insights for national and international bodies—providing decision support and understanding for regional marine planning, managing the impacts of fishing, supporting sustainable aquaculture and alternative livelihoods, as well as understanding and managing climate change. Dr Fulton is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, where she supports students and collaborates on projects to find sustainable options for the ‘blue economy’ (the use of coastal and ocean systems). She is also the Research Program Leader for Environment & Ecosystems in the Blue Economy CRC.