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Major coastal marine conference inspiring and encouraging

Thursday, 18 October 2018

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CMER members attended the major international conference ‘ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts & shelf systems – Diverse threats and opportunities’ held in Perth recently, organised by Estuarine, Coastal Sciences Association and Elsevier. The symposium offered Centre staff and postgraduate students an opportunity to engage with other researchers and strengthen national and international collaborations.

The conference was attended by CMER’s Professor Glenn Hyndes, Dr Kathryn McMahon, Professor Pere Masque, and Dr. Megan J. Huggett, and HDR students Cristian Salinas, Roisin McCallum, Chanelle Webster, Anna Lafratta, and visiting PhD student Ariane Arias-Ortiz from the University of Barcelona. Topics presented by CMER encompassed deforestation of mangroves and subsequent soil organic carbon loss, coastal microbial communities, impact of eutrophication on carbon storage in seagrass meadows, exploring estuarine trophic interactions and fish community shifts with climate change, ecological resilience of seagrass ecosystems, role of seagrass meadows as sinks of Zn, Pb and Cd in a region contaminated by smelting activities, and isotopic indicators of seasonally shifting sources of carbon and nitrogen to a highly modified estuarine system focussing on Vasse Wonnerup in WA.

The symposium attracted people from all over the world interested in coastal and estuarine science showcasing their research, generating fresh ideas in scientific developments and navigating the integration of science with management strategies of our coasts and estuaries.

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