Inspiring Science: Oysters - Ecological Superheroes
Oyster reefs once lined Australia’s eastern coastlines, creating sheltered habitats for hundreds of sea species. For thousands of years, the oyster beds were a vital resource for coastal Aboriginal communities.
Today, these ecological superheroes have been almost wiped out – but they still have a vital role to play in climate adaptation.
Come and discover the amazing superpowers of the humble oyster – from cleaning water and recycling nutrients to protecting other creatures from extreme temperatures.
Join Coastal Ecologist Dominic McAfee as he shows how restoring oyster beds could help curb the alarming loss of biodiversity among our amazing ocean wildlife – and even help prevent the mass-extinction of some of our most vulnerable marine creatures.
About the Speaker
Macquarie University PhD candidate Dominic McAfee is a Coastal Ecologist, working towards enhancing the resilience of our marine ecosystems to environmental change. He’s approaching the end of a 10-year academic journey that has included the study of volcanoes and glaciers in Iceland, marsupial moles in the outback and presently oysters. Dominic’s work has seen him scale the breadth of the NSW coastline and recently undertake research in Hong Kong. His PhD research aims to use the Sydney rock oyster as a conservation and restoration target, to aid the adaptation of our marine biodiversity to future climatic conditions.
Inspiring Science, a series programmed with Inspiring Australia and presented by award-winning researchers, shows off the latest developments in all matters science and society.
Wednesday 9 November
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