Social meeting - Two speakers and two topics: SIMP's soft sediment habitat and whale plumes

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 - 7:00pm
National Marine Science Centre
Charlesworth Bay Road
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Our social meeting will feature two speakers who will share the fascinating research they are undertaking through Southern Cross University.

Plumes from whale carcass beach burials
James Tucker will describe the sampling techniques involved in mapping leachate plumes from whale carcasses buried on beaches. He will show how this is relevant to biological contamination and shark attraction to the surf zone. 

SIMP's sandy offshore seafloor is no desert
Sophie Prior will discuss species associated with soft sediment in the SIMP. Around 80% of seafloor in the SIMP is soft sediment, however this habitat type is underrepresented in terms of both scientific research and general interest. She will compare soft sediment assemblages in the Habitat Protection Zone to General Use Zone of the SIMP and inform the audience that SIMP's sandy offshore seafloor is no desert.

Bring along some small change for the raffle and join us for a coffee following the presentation.