Coast to Coral: Coral Reproduction

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.

Nataly (Dr Nataly Gutierrez Isaza) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She loves coral reefs and has a passion for reef restoration. She is particularly interested in understanding reef dynamics, reef reproductive biology, causes of coral reef degradation, and traits involved in coral species adaptation. Her PhD was focused on some reproductive aspects of coral species and coral offspring performance under experimental conditions. Particularly, she explored larval response to changing thermal conditions, which could shed light on understanding the future of some coral species coping with climate change. 

Coral reefs are colourful and mind-blowing ecosystems with a great diversity of species, which provide multiple services to human populations. Corals are the key organisms forming these wonderful ecosystems, but many aspects of their fascinating biology are unknown to many people. For example, a lot of people do not know about corals, some get quite surprised when they learn that those colourful rocks are alive, and they get even more amazed when they learn that corals are not plants but animals. So, how can corals disperse if as sessile-colonial organisms they cannot freely move? How do they reproduce? 

In this talk Nataly will introduce you to some aspects of the reproductive biology of corals and take you through some of the research that she did with them during her PhD. 

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.

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September 13, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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