Showcasing Victoria’s Marine Science: A public event hosted by the Australian Marine Sciences Association Victoria branch and Museum Victoria

Showcasing Victoria's Marine ScienceWednesday 4 March 2015, 6.00 – 7.30pm, Melbourne Museum Theatre, Carlton Gardens

Members of the public interested in marine science are invited to join leading marine scientists who will be sharing inspiring stories about marine science research and discovery in Victoria. The evening will be opened by Dr Mark Norman, Director of Science at Museum Victoria. We will be showcasing new underwater footage from Port Phillip Bay captured by Julian Finn at Museum Victoria, followed by short and inspiring marine science presentations:

Marine conservation counts – Tim Allen, Australian Government Department of the Environment:
Over a decade ago Victoria became the first State in Australia to enact a statewide system of marine national parks and sanctuaries, impose controls on the discharge of ballast water from ships, and even declared a state marine faunal emblem. What will it take to get marine conservation policy back on Victoria’s agenda?

Seaweed superfoods – Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Deakin University:
Seaweeds are great for us! They can reduce obesity, diabetes and other ailments. Isn’t it about time we started eating Australian rather than imported seaweeds?

The journey of dolphin discovery – Dr Kate Charlton-Robb, Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation:
Did you know that a new dolphin species has been living right under our noses in Port Phillip Bay? Multiple lines of evidence have been used to formally describe the Burrunan dolphin, Tursiops australis, a new, but sadly threatened species.

Bright ideas for blue carbon – Dr Peter Macreadie, University of Technology Sydney:
In the fight to restore earth’s thermostat, a new hero has emerged: ‘blue carbon’ – harnessing the power of the oceans to offset global carbon emissions.

Discovering deep sea biodiversity – Dr Tim O’Hara, Museum Victoria:
Australia’s deep-sea biodiversity remains poorly known. But by combining museum collection data, modern oceanographic observing systems, and some fancy statistics, we can map where deep-sea animals occur, investigate their evolutionary origin, and detect migration and dispersal behaviours.

The sensational Southern Ocean – Dr Jan Strugnell, La Trobe University:
Dramatic ocean events of the past leave their legacy in the genes of Antarctic octopus.

Where: Melbourne Museum Theatre, Carlton Gardens
When: Wednesday 4 March 2015, 6.00 – 7.30pm. Doors open from 5.30pm.
Tickets: $10 full priced, $8 concession. Tickets are limited, so book early at www.amsavic.eventbrite.com.au.