Is the true value of Sydney's iconic harbour hiding under the surface?
Sydney Harbour is world famous for its brilliant views, its stunning opera house, its amazing bridge and as a magnet for countless recreational activities. But is its true value and richness invisible to most of us, especially those who will never brave its depths?
Featuring three passionate marine biologists, this public lecture explores the past, present and future of Sydney Harbour and its marine ecological mysteries. It will reveal the extraordinary discoveries being made by researchers from UTS and the Sydney Institute for Marine Science (SIMS) and will consider issues facing the long-term ecological health and well-being of our city's greatest asset.
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Dr Paul Gribben
Paul Gribben is a Research Fellow with the UTS Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster and Deputy Director of the SIMS Sydney Harbour Research Program. He is a marine community ecologist investigating the effects of anthropogenic stressors on biodiversity. His research is conducted in a range of ecosystems including mangroves, rocky shores and estuaries.
Professor David Booth
UTS marine ecologist David Booth seeks to understand how fishes live and respond to human pressures, including pollution, climate change, fishing and artificial structures. He is widely published and supervises research students working in harbours, coasts, the deep sea and coral reefs. He maintains a special focus on the influx of coral reef fishes annually into N SW waters and Sydney Harbour. He hosts a sustainable seafood science assessment panel and is a strong advocate of marine parks and sustainable use of our marine resources.
Associate Professor Emma Johnston
Emma Johnston is an Australian Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales and the inaugural Director of the SIMS Sydney Harbour Research Program. She investigates human impacts under the sea and her research is conducted in such diverse environments as Antarctica, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour. She contributes expert opinion to government agencies and consults with industry through the development and implementation of impact assessment programs.
Photo - leafy sea dragon by Jaime Sanchez-Camazra