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Lunch and Learn Seminar – Understanding ecological processes in the Kimberley – recruitment, herbivory and fish population connectivity

When:  Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 12:00-1:00

Where: Torndirrup/Nambung seminar rooms, Parks and Wildlife, Kensington

  • Dr Martial Depczynski, AIMS
  • Dr James Gilmour, AIMS
  • Dr Mat Vanderklift, CSIRO
  • Sarah Hearne, Curtin University

As part of the WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, supported by the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, scientists from AIMS, CSIRO, DPaW, DoF, WA Museum and Curtin University in collaboration with the Bardi-Jawi Marine Rangers have been investigating some of the critical ecological processes in the Kimberley that support and maintain the unique biodiversity and ecosystems of the Kimberley coastal waters. The Kimberley coastal waters can be a challenging place to work and scientists have needed to develop or adapt skills and techniques to better understand the ecology of the region.

Dr Martial Depczynski from AIMS will discuss his teams research on fish recruitment and the importance of various nursery habitats in the Kimberley and how to best monitor fish replenishment in the coastal waters of the Kimberley.

Dr James Gilmour from AIMS will be discussing some of these same issues as they apply to coral and investigating questions such as when do new corals settle, what are the dominant modes of reproduction in corals (brooders versus spawners) and how do patterns of replenishment relate to the intense oceanic forces found in the Kimberley region.

Dr Mat Vanderklift from CSIRO will discuss his research on the consumption of seagrasses and algae by some of the key herbivores of the Kimberley – fish and turtles. He will describe his research assessing the level of herbivory by these species and how this relates to rates of production and support ecosystem health.

Sarah Hearne from Curtin University will be talking about her PhD research using a new research tool – otolith microchemistry to better understand the broadscale patterns of population connectivity and habitat use in the Stripey snapper.

RSVP Kelly Waples

Science Coordinator, Kimberley Marine Research Program


Parks and Wildlife, Kensington

Tue 28 Feb 2017 To Tue 28 Feb 2017

12:00pm To 1:00pm