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Sprigg lecture series

Restoring the Reef: How historical research informs ecological restoration

Professor Sean Connell and Dr Heidi Alleway

Tuesday 16th April, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary wine tasting prior to the talk)

Please note: The current experience, David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive VR, will not be available during the Sprigg lecture.


Coastal marine environments have endured centuries of human use and exploitation, but these impacts can be overlooked where a new baseline for 'normal' has been accepted. This influences the way people view and interact with nature and the way we manage our activities.

We can create a more accurate picture of past environments through historical records such as reports, letters, journals and photographs, as well as museum collections and geological records. An outstanding example of the loss of knowledge of recent past ecosystems sits right at out front doorstep.

The Great Southern Reef, every bit as ecologically and economically important as the Great Barrier Reef, suffered the loss of 1600km of reef just within South Australian waters during the 1800’s. Dr Heidi Alleway and Professor Sean Connell will reveal the research that uncovered this massive loss of ecological services to our southern coastline. They will guide us through the historical research to the first risky steps of restoring the reefs that are a significant part of our lost natural and cultural heritage.


Dr Heidi Alleway is an Executive Officer in Research Engagement with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide. Her work focuses on understanding and resolving complex issues associated with the human use of marine and coastal ecosystems, and building collaborations to address them. Heidi is a leading advocate and researcher in historical ecology and aims to ensure knowledge of past environments is used to inform and inspire species and habitat restoration.


Professor Sean Connell is in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide and a leading international marine ecologist. Sean’s research addresses such large scale issues as: How does life adjust with climate change? What’s the best way to restore ecological function? How do people’s attitudes affect conservation outcomes? Sean and his colleagues have boosted evidence-based policies to create cleaner and healthier coasts. Currently, Sean is a member of the Habitat Enhancement Working Group for Primary Industries South Australia.



Suitable for ages 12+

There is no need to print a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.

Please note: The current experience, David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef Dive VR, will not be available during the Sprigg lecture. For more information on the VR experience, please click here.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email programs@samuseum.sa.gov.au.


Supported by The Adelaide Review | Hot 100 Wines | The Nature Conservancy Australia

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