CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Using biophysical models in marine management planning

SPEAKERS: Dr Kay Chritchell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Marine Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 1st November 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)


Physical processes help to shape the distribution of every population on the planet. In the marine environment, many species are at the mercy of the currents for their dispersal and subsequent survival. This dispersal between connected sub-populations drives resilience and recovery, and understanding the dispersal pathways allows managers to make informed decisions.

In this talk I will discuss my PhD work on dispersal pathways of plastic pollution in the Whitsunday Islands, and my subsequent collaborative work applying those principles and skills to organisms in various sea-scapes (such as Sulawesi, Palau, and the Great Barrier Reef). I will discuss what this dispersal means for their populations, and our management actions.


Kay is a post-doc in the Marine Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, lead by Eric A. Treml. She was awarded a PhD from James Cook University in 2018.

Her research focuses on the physical processes that influence the distributions of organisms and pollutants, in time and space. Kay’s PhD thesis explored and quantified the processes that effect the movement and accumulation of plastic pollution, including microplastics, in the coastal zone.

Kay has since worked on projects exploring larval dispersal, and the impact of management decisions in the marine environment. Kay’s current work is focused on larval transport and conservation priorities for fisheries management.

Appointments with speaker may be made via .

For more info: you can find a list of Kay’s publications on ORCID, and she tweets about her research from her Twitter Account.

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