CIE Seminar Series 2017 – Applying historical data to modern day marine conservation and management

SPEAKER: Dr Ruth Thurstan, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Integrated Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 4th August 2017
LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood – Burwood Corporate Centre (attendees-please report to reception for room details on the day)
TIME: 1:30pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207; and Warrnambool Campus – G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT)

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ABSTRACT: Human-induced ecological change spans much longer periods of time than most formal monitoring data. Therefore, to understand the magnitude and dynamics of past ecosystem change, we need to seek data on past change from alternative sources.

Marine historical ecology is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to understand our past interactions with marine ecosystems and the ecological and social outcomes of these. However, despite a growth in research efforts over the past few decades, the integration of historical time-series into modern day management approaches is still lacking, particularly when it comes to fisheries.

In this talk, I will discuss the outcomes of my efforts over the past few years to collate and integrate historical data from archival sources and resource user interviews into marine management and conservation initiatives.

BIO: Ruth Thurstan is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, based at the Warrnambool campus. Her research focuses on changes to coastal marine ecosystems over the last 100-200 years, with a particular interest in collating historical, social and ecological data to inform sustainable management of commercial and recreational fisheries.

Prior to moving to Deakin, she worked on marine historical ecology projects in the UK and Queensland. She chairs the International Council for Exploration of the Seas Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries. You can follow the ICES Working Group updates via Twitter on #WGHIST.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Ruth Thurstan.