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  • August 10, 2021 | 06:30 PM

    Coast to Coral:Carnivorous sponges and other sessile marine invertebrates

    Join Reef Check Australia and friends on the second Tuesday night of each month in your lounge room/office/comfy chair, for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments.

    This month we will hear from Dr Merrick Ekins, Queensland Museum.
    Merrick is the Museum Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates which include; Porifera (sponges), Cnidaria (hard and soft corals, jellyfish, hydroids, anemones), Ascidians, Zooanthids, Hemichordata, Bryozoans (lace corals) and Brachiopods (lamp shells). He is involved in the collection, identification and preservation of sessile marine invertebrates and some that have a non-sessile phase like jellyfish.  He is responsible for the curation of  over 60 000 specimens; including 5000 species of sponges, 1000 species of ascidians and 600 morpho-species of octocorals. His job also entails field surveys to Moreton Bay, the Great Barrier Reef and most remote locations including Torres Straits.
    Recent avenues of research include population dynamics of sponges on deep sea mounts in the Pacific Ocean, and their connectivities between these islands. His research interests also include the taxonomy of sponges, gorgonians, ascidians and jellyfish. He has described new species of sponges and jellyfish, and written several papers on invasive species colonizing Australia plus oh so much more!
    Merrick will tell us all there is to know about sponges and other sessile marine invertebrates and some cool stuff about sponges that most people are not aware of.

    Virtual doors (zoom) opens at 6.25pm for a 6:30 pm start.

    Stay after the event for networking and nibbles (BYO obviously!) - get your burning questions answered and continue your thoughts, ideas and sea-minded discussions with your local community, all from the comfort of your couch!

    Bring a mate and share in the discovery!

    At Reef Check Australia we’re all about inspiring our mates and we love to read your thoughts! So, share your favourite parts about the night and tag us! Reef Check Australia #coasttocoral

    This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by oh so many groups including the City of Gold Coast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy partnerships grant, and Townsville City Council.

    Future talks take place on the second Tuesday night of each month, with a new, interesting and engaging speaker.

    For more information contact [email protected]

  • August 27, 2021 | 08:00 AM through September 05, 2021

    Sunshine Coast, Qld in Sunshine Coast, Australia

    RCA at the Horizon Festival

    Save the date to join Reef Check Australia at the Horizon Festival.

    Horizon Festival returns in 2021 with 10 days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words + ideas, film and creative workshops, inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast.
    This year we will again place local Sunshine Coast and Queensland artists at the very heart of our program and there’s lots of ways for locals to get involved in the festival.
    Our full festival program will be released on Thursday 17 June. Sign up to the Horizon Festival e-newsletter to be first to find out what’s in store:
    Reef Check will be there to discuss the importance of our impact on the environment and to help you calculate your carbon footprint.
    Stay tuned for more details.