[ASC-list] SYDNEY - Can corals survive humans? - Climate change talk at the Powerhouse Museum

Lomb, Nick NickL at PHM.GOV.AU
Wed Aug 19 06:45:08 UTC 2009

The following talk is particularly topical since the release of the
report on the economic value of the Great Barrier Reef commissioned by
the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.


Title: Can corals survive humans?


Speaker: Associate Professor Peter Ralph,

                Executive Director Plant Functional

                Biology & Climate Change Cluster (C3)


When: Sunday 30 August 2009, 2pm - 3pm


Where: Target Theatre, level 2

              Powerhouse Museum


Abstract: Corals have existed for millions of years and survived in a
wide range of climates; but coral bleaching seems to have pushed corals
to the brink. Research in to coral bleaching has been at the forefront
of the climate change agenda for many years. It attracts much public
interest, but we still do not know why corals die at temperatures only a
few degrees higher than their optimum. Will the Great Barrier Reef be
dominated by fleshy macroalgae, soft corals or just a film of bacteria
covering the dead coral skeletons?


This special Talks After Noon is part of the Powerhouse Museum's
exhibition The Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef
<http://www.ultimosciencefestival.com/usf09/?p=13>  for the Ultimo
Science Festival 2009 <http://www.ultimosciencefestival.com/usf09/> .


Talks After Noon is a series of lectures, held twice a week, from Museum
curators, experts and special guests

Free with Museum admission ($10 adult/$6 concession)

Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

Tel (02) 9217 0509 Email adultlearning at phm.gov.au

Full program online http://powerhousemuseum.com/whatson


Dr Nick Lomb

Curator of Astronomy

Sydney Observatory/Powerhouse Museum


Phone: 61 (2) 9921 3480 Fax: 61 (2) 9921 3489

Email: nickl at phm.gov.au <blocked::mailto:nickl at phm.gov.au> 

http://www.sydneyobservatory.com <http://www.sydneyobservatory.com/> 

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