Coast to Coral: Rhapsody in Jellyfish
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 Lisa-ann Gershwin, Director of Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services.
Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin is a Research Scientist, Writer and Artist and is the Director of Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and member of the Tasmanian Independent Science Council. As the world’s leading expert in jellyfish identification, classification, ecology and safety, Dr Gershwin has described over 200 species of jellyfish (and one dolphin), published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, written two best-selling books and created the Jellyfish App.
Originally from the USA, her passion for jellyfish started as a volunteer at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and her unquenchable fascination led her to a PhD scholarship at Berkeley. A Fullbright Fellowship originally brought her to Australia where she became interested in Irukandjis and she completed her PhD at James Cook University. She now calls Tasmania home where she remains active in research, safety and writing
About the Talk: Rhapsody in Jellyfish
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Irukandji are migrating south with climate change, and that that sucks for Southeast Queensland. But how much of this is actually true? Similarly, ask anyone and they’ll tell you that the biggest problem with jellyfish is their stings. But how much of this is actually true too?
Let’s dissect some myths and truths about these mysterious creatures. I can’t promise that you’ll love them as much as I do after just one hour, but I betcha you’ll never again see them as just spineless and brainless with no visible means of support.
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!
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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 June Canavan Foundation 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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