Wednesday, 10 October 2018
The Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) is delighted to host visiting academic, Prof. Philippe Juneau from the Department of Biological Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada; Philippe is also a member of the GRIL and TOXEN research centres. His research focuses on eco-toxicology, and physiological and biochemical changes in marine plants particular to human induced impacts on the marine environment. Existing research in CMER will certainly benefit from the input of Philippes expertise, including current research on: the role of seagrasses as pollution filters and sinks; and the effects of climate change on seagrasses. Additionally, the collaboration will broaden opportunities to engage with management agencies dealing with human development and the impacts on the marine environment.
Philippe joins CMER initially for five weeks over October/November which is funded by ECU’s Collaboration Enhancement Scheme 2018, and will use his expertise to support CMER's current research looking into seagrass as pollution sinks and investigating the effects of local stressors on seagrasses. He then returns to ECU in January 2019 for a seven month sabbatical to continue the collaboration on two main research projects (1) the eco-toxicological impacts on seagrasses of lead released from sediments collected from seagrass meadows; and (2) the interactive effects of climate change and local stressors on seagrasses.
He will also participate in a number of activities at ECU including a seminar with the School of Science, engaging with postgraduate students and staff, and contributing to a number of publications which will be co-authored with CMER members.
Please join CMER in extending a warm welcome to Philippe.
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