A presentation by Professor Gretta Pecl Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Tasmania

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Tuesday 21 Aug 2018

ATSIP Seminar Room 030, Building 145

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James Cook University, Townsville QLD

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Tuesday 21 Aug 2018

Cairns Institute Ground Floor Meeting room Building D3 - Room 003

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Climate change is driving a pervasive global redistribution of the planet’s species, with manifest implications from genes to ecosystems across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Species redistribution defies current approaches to natural resource management that focus on restoring systems to a baseline and are often based on boundaries drawn in the past.

Changes in distribution of marine resources creates difficulties, particularly when species cross jurisdictional boundaries and where historical catch rates and assessment processes may no longer be appropriate. Moreover, we are still a long way from understanding the suite of mechanisms and processes underlying the high variation in rate and magnitude of shifts.

We have even less understanding of how species redistribution will drive changes in ecological communities and further complicate aspirations of ecosystem - based management. Climate - driven species redistribution therefore presents intriguing ecological challenges to unravel, as well as fundamental philosophical questions and urgent issues related to ecology, fisheries, food security, Indigenous and local livelihoods, and many other aspects of human well - being. This presentation will highlight some of the progress with adaptation planning and adaptation actions at international, national and local scales, including the need for an interdisciplinary approach and stakeholder engagement.


Professor Gretta PeclGretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS), both based in Tasmania. She has broad interdisciplinary research interests and a passion for science engagement and communication with the public. Much of her current research centres around understanding climate change impacts in marine systems, and how our marine fisheries and aquaculture industries and coastal communities may best adapt to these changes.

Gretta completed her PhD at JCU in 2000 , on the biology, ecology and life history of cephalopods, species which she still works on when the opportunity arises. She is an Australian Research Council ‘Future Fellow’, the Editor - in - Chief of the journal Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries , and an associate editor with Ecography and Citizen Science : Theory and Practice.


Diane Jarvis — Diane.Jarvis1@jcu.edu.au or 4781 6023
Jane Addison — Jane.Addison@jcu.edu.au or 4781 4506

Science areas: Environment and Geosciences and Biological sciences

Event type: Public seminar