Our Priceless Harbour

17 August 2012
4:00 – 6:00 AM

The Great Hall

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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

UTS is only ten minutes' walk from Central Station, Eddy Avenue and Railway Square bus stops.

Fantastic Stuff at UTS Speaks: Our Priceless Harbour

Hi there, really enjoyed last night's talk - whereabouts can I find the podcast?

Tom, the video recording of the event will be available sometime next week. If you registered for attending the event you will receive a notification of its availability

If you didnt register - you can email me at robert.button@uts.edu.au and I will list you.

Thank you for posting this footage. It was really fantastic night. I wish that we have more talks as this to increase awareness about Harbour and oceans in general, to wider population. In my opinion, the most precious of all natural habitats in NSW is Sydney Harbour. It is never enough effort to improve it and protect it for the future generations. I am very glad to notice this large improvement in water quality of Sydney Harbour in comparison with 2 to 3 decades ago...
I think that we all need to be aware of Harbour importance in our lives in this city and hope that more people, from all walks of life, will participate in action to preserve it and protect it.
Thanks to all organisers and especially to passionate guest speakers of this fantastic event. See you soon again.

I am very glad i went to this talk. thank you for the effort to inspire ordinary punters as well as students. I snorkel, and it is always exciting to see the possibilities.
Someone mentioned that there was access to pictures of the life in the harbour on line - can you direct me to it? I havent found it yet on the SIMS site.