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Our changing oceans: how animals bring us messages

Hutton Theatre

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Royal Society Te Apārangi 150th Anniversary Regional Lectures – Future Focused Local Experts

Environmental changes in the ocean are reflected in its biological community. Professor Stephen Wing, University of Otago Department of Marine Science, discusses why we need to make use of a wide range of tools to access and interpret records of these changes in order to best support societal choices for the future of our marine ecosystem and the practice of kaitiakitanga (stewardship).

Many organisms provide a precise record of physical and biological changes in the oceanic ecosystem by recording those changes in their tissues, and in their distribution patterns. Indeed, the conditions of our coasts and oceans are being efficiently sampled and recorded every day by a host of organisms, ranging from bivalves and fish that continuously record physical-chemical conditions of the waters in which they are immersed, to seabirds that forage across vast areas of ocean collecting information on the structure and productivity of the food web.

Dynamics of marine communities, and information on structure of populations offer information on past and present stressors of our coasts. Further, these records are collected in a biological archive recorded in midden remains and subfossils.

5.30pm, Thursday 3 August 

Entry by gold coin donation to the Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences

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