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Wed 15 Jun 2005

Terry Hughes lecture on coral reefs a success!

Category : talks

Terry Hughes (minus beard) delivered his talk on the "History, ecology and the state of the world's oceans" to an audience of students, naturalists, layman, grad-students and academics, including Professor Leo Tan, who showed his marine biologist colours by dropping in despite a busy schedule.

Terry was introduced by Prof Chou Loke Ming and delivered a clear, informative and thoughful lecture based on three decades of experiments and experiences in coral reef biology to an appreiative-audience. The active Q&A allowed more to be discussed.

Thanks to James Cook University provding the tea, Yong An Nee for the posters, Greasi Simon for mailing them out, Airani Ramli for setting up the lecture theatre and the ecotax email reminders, Ngoh Seh Suan for the photos and Ng Bee Choo for bringing the Chek Jawa books down for Terry. Blue Water Volunteers added colour to the event with their exhibition booth on "Marine Life in Singapore" and Cynthia Lee, James Guest, Kok Oi Yee and Airani provided some relaxing company during dinner!

Bon Voyage to Terry as he heads out to Penang and Kuala Lumpur next. More photos in the Flickr album

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Wed 15 Jun 2005

15 June 2005: "History, ecology and the state of the world's oceans"

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"Studies of marine biology in the past few years have focused on historical trajectories of change, using information from fossils (before there were any people), archeological middens, historical records, and modern fisheries and ecological data.

This longer-term perspective illustrates that our exploitation of the sea has been very different from the land. On land, people have replaced wild species like buffalo with domestic ones like cattle and sheep, and rebuilt the structure of ecosystems. In the sea, we have made important species virtually extinct, and we have not replaced them.

Knowledge of history changes our perspective in several ways: It tells us that losses of large animals are huge relative to the size of current stocks, and that recent symptoms of ecological decline may have deep historical roots. History also tells us what marine environments could be like again, and can guide the restoration of damaged ecosystems."

Professor Terry Hughes is the Federation Fellow (2002-2007) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Coral Reef Biodiversity at James Cook University in Australia. He is the world's most prominent coral reef biologist, and is ranked number one globally by Science Citation Index in coral reef science.

He will be at the National University of Singapore on 15th June 2005 to give a public talk organised by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS & James Cook University.

Related reading: "Global Coral Reefs in Crisis.".

"History, ecology and the state of the world's oceans"
By Prof Terry Hughes

Wednesday, 15th June 2005: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Host: Prof Chou Loke Ming

6.30pm - Refreshments & "Marine Life in Singapore"
exhibition by the Blue Water Volunteers.

Lecture Theatre 25
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The National University of Singapore
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To get here, take SBS Bus 95 from Buona Vista MRT.
Drivers may park at Carpark 10.
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ALL ARE WELCOME

For more details, see the NUS Biodiversity & Ecology Journal Club

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