Monday June 4 2007

Finding Nemo and the future of the Great Barrier Reef

Professor Terry Hughes

Terry Hughes

The Great Barrier Reef is an Australian national icon, famous for its biodiversity and breath-taking beauty. Tourism associated with the GBR generates over $5 billion per year and provides over 60,000 jobs in many coastal Queensland’s towns. In this talk, Professor Terry Hughes provides an overview of the science that underpins the management of coral reefs. What are the major threats to the Barrier Reef, and how can they be addressed? How are coral reefs already being impacted by climate change, and what can we do to build their resilience to future global warming? Are no-take green zones an effective management tool, and how do they work? A critical issue is how fish like Nemo find their way home! Learn how fish will play a vital role in helping Australia’s Great Barrier Reef cope with the ravages of climate change.

  • Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Doors Open 6 pm)
  • Venue: Ithaca auditorium, City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Terry will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Joel (0411 267 044 or

Professor Terry Hughes is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, based at James Cook University in Townsville. Terry has broad research interests in ecology, marine biology and the dynamics of coral reefs. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2001 in recognition of “a career which has significantly advanced the world’s store of scientific knowledge” and directs a very active field program of biogeographic-scale research in eight countries.