Event Details

Thursday, 18 April 2019 - Thursday, 18 April 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UQ Location:
Goddard Building (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Gabriella Scata
Org. Unit:
Marine Science

Event Description

Full Description:
Hi everyone,
The Centre for Marine Science is hosting a seminar Thursday 18th April 2019, at 1pm in Goddard 257.

Our speakers are two students, Cedric Van Den Berg and Melissa Staines with fascinating talks.
Please find the details of their talks below.

Seeing the World Through The Eyes of Animals
Cedric van den Berg, PhD Student at Visual Ecology Lab
To understand the function of colour signals in nature, we require robust quantitative analytical frameworks to enable us to estimate how animal and plant colour patterns appear against their natural background as viewed by ecologically relevant species.
We have produced a user-friendly and open-source software suite that allows humans to investigate colour patterns in nature on an unprecedented quantitative and qualitative level.
‘The Quantitative Colour Pattern Analysis’ (QCPA) is seamlessly integrated into the ‘Multispectral Image Calibration and Analysis’ (MICA) toolbox and makes a huge range of sophisticated visual modelling tools available to everyone.

A Turtley Cool Project - mitigating impacts of climate change on turtle populations in the nGBR
Melissa Staines, Honours Student at Booth Lab
Recent research has shown that, due to temperature-dependent-sex-determination (TDSD), the northern Great Barrier Reef (nGBR) genetic stock of Green turtles has been producing clutches that are 99% female for at least 20 years. Similar feminisation is now being
recorded in other turtle populations around the world.
We trialled four different sand cooling methods on Milman Island in the nGBR in an attempt to produce more male, larger and fitter Green And Hawksbill hatchlings than the smaller, weaker (most likely female) hatchlings from sun-exposed control nests. The study took a strange and unexpected turn, with results raising more questions about sex-determination and the survival against climate change for these two endangered species.

You can fin the poster of the seminar on our Facebook page, 'UQ Marine', or on our website, https://marine.uq.edu.au/content/seminar-series.
We hope to see you there.
Thank you!
--- If you would like to present in the future, please get in contact via email: k.zwiep@uq.edu.au ---

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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