Cruising Division Presentation - Animals as Oceanographers
With Prof. Rob Harcourt and Kate Parsons of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)
SIMS, located on Chowder Bay Mosman, is Australia’s leading urban marine research institute. SIMS work involves doing the research, education and engagement that underpins a healthy marine environment that we and future generations can enjoy into the future. SIMS research spans from Sydney Harbour to 25 other harbours worldwide, along the NSW coast, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists are moving towards an integrated approach to observing the oceans. Marine animals are one of the most powerful tools scientists have for uncovering what’s happening below the surface of the ocean, and provide a unique window of observation into some of the most remote and physically inaccessible parts of the ocean.
Over the last decade, hundreds of diving animals have helped collect vital data on environmental conditions in the Antarctic and the surrounding Southern Ocean, which are home to some of the most important, yet least observed of marine habitats. This merging of oceanography and marine mammal ecology is not only central to advancing understanding of the world’s oceans and its top predators, but it also allows scientists to predict how these species will be affected by future environmental changes.
About our speakers
Professor Rob Harcourt leads the Integrated Marine Observing System Animal Tracking Facility (IMOS ATF) which aims to enhance the Australian research community’s ability to detect ecosystem responses to change in the marine environment by measuring physical data and foraging movements of marine predators along Australia’s southern shores.
Kate Parsons is SIMS Development Manager, working with donors and friends of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), facilitating connections with SIMS including participation, leadership and philanthropic support.
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.