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Tue 06 Feb 2007

Tue, 13 Feb 2007: 11am - "Using seahorse science to advance marine conservation."

Category : bejc

NUS Department of Biological Sciences: Biodiversity and Ecology Journal Club
Seminar Announcement

"Using seahorse
science to advance marine conservation."

Dr. Keith Martin-Smith
Senior Programme Manager, Project Seahorse,
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania

Tue 13 Feb 2006: 11am

DBS Conference Room
Blk S3, Level 5,
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Science Drive 4
Please park at Carpark 10; see map.

Host: Dr Tan Heok Hui

About the talk - Seahorses are powerful icons for marine conservation. They are affected by diverse anthropogenic pressures, particularly overexploitation, habitat destruction and incidental bycatch. Project Seahorse uses quantitative science on the response of seahorses to these pressures to develop innovative conservation solutions.

Our current research on population dynamics suggests that marine protected areas may not increase the abundance of seahorses but allow greater reproductive output per unit time. Seahorses also appear to have unusual growth and movement patterns when compared with most other fishes. I will demonstrate how these results can be used as leverage for marine conservation in general.

About the speaker - After an undergraduate degree in Botany at Cambridge University, Keith completed his PhD in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia on the interactions between the large brown seaweed Sargassum and its associated epifaunal crustaceans. He then spent 3 years at Danum Valley Field Station in Sabah, conducting a postdoc on the effects of selective logging on freshwater fish (where he worked with a number of scientists from Peter Ng’s lab).

A second postdoc on the interactions between wild and farmed Atlantic salmon in Scotland led to his current position with Project Seahorse which began in 2000. He works on all aspects of syngnathid biology pertaining to conservation issues, particularly population dynamics, bycatch and marine protected areas

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