Coast to Coral: Crown of Thorns Management

Join Reef Check Australia and friends on the first 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.

Dr Tina Skinner is a coral reef ecologist working in the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland. Tina received her PhD from Newcastle University, UK, where she studied the energetic connections between coral reefs and the surrounding ocean. She then spent two years working at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to explore how gradients of human impact affect energy flows in local marine food webs, before moving to Brisbane in October last year. She has been lucky to conduct fieldwork throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific and uses her diverse skillset to answer questions about coral reef communities – whether that’s setting baited cameras to spy on sharks and fish, running lab analyses on fish tissue samples to understand their diets, or using statistical models to explore interactions among reef communities. She also loves communicating science to diverse audiences and enjoys talking to classrooms locally and internationally about marine science

Tina will talk about her current research which involves using ecosystem models to simulate the benefits of different control intervention strategies on Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef. This project is part of the wider COTS Control Innovation Program, a collaborative research partnership between the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and leading institutions with COTS expertise (UQ, AIMS, CSIRO, JCU). The outputs from this project will directly contribute to improved management of these outbreaks on the GBR. 

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

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, The Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Townsville City Council.

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

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June 06, 2023 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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