Georgie and Amelia will be representing the Conservation Planning Group at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies‘ Three minute thesis competition. Good luck to them… and the other competitors of course!
When: Friday 1st August 2014; 15:00 to 16:00 (with drinks and nibbles following the competition)
Where: James Cook University Building 32 Room #114
Biography: Georgina undertook her BSc in Tasmania, and her Honours research in the Philippines, where she used simulation modelling to explore potential reef futures under management and climatic scenarios. Georgina’s PhD research focuses broadly on how socioeconomic factors can be incorporated into planning processes for marine protected areas (MPAs), and has three key aims. First, she is investigating how to explicitly integrate socioeconomic factors into tools that are commonly used to design MPAs. Second, she is examining the relative role of multiple-scale factors in influencing stakeholders’ engagement in collective MPA management. Third, she is identifying the impacts of MPAs on associated human communities, including whether benefits and costs are equitably distributed. Georgina takes an interdisciplinary approach in addressing these research aims, drawing on theory and methods from a range of disciplines including social psychology, ecology, economics and human geography.
Biography: Amelia hails from Washington, D.C. She moved from New York City to Townsville in 2008 to get away from big city life. She completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2014. Her research examined the effects of suspended sediment on coral reef fish. Amelia is now a Postdoc in the Centre with Bob Pressey, working on prioritising islands in the Southern GBR and the Pilbara region of WA for management actions.
Title: From little things big reefs grow
Presented by: Tracy Ainsworth, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Title: Keep Calm and Just Keep Swimming
Presented by: Hugo Harrison, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Title: Time travelling sea creatures: jumping snails left grounded in future oceans
Presented by: Sue-Ann Watson, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Title: Saving sea serpents using special scissors and a DNA vacuum.
Presented by: Blanch D’Anastasi, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies