[ASC-list] AusSMC NEWS BRIEFING REMINDER: Animals adrift, fish flustered and plants uprooted: how we're upending the natural world

Susannah Eliott Susannah at smc.org.au
Wed Feb 10 02:13:02 UTC 2016

Hi ASCers,
Another background briefing for journalists that you are welcome to join if you have time – starts in a few minutes. Or you can play it back later.

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Sent: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 9:30 AM
To: Susannah Eliott <Susannah at smc.org.au>
Subject: AusSMC NEWS BRIEFING REMINDER: Animals adrift, fish flustered and plants uprooted: how we're upending the natural world

Issued: 10 February 2016
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BRIEFING REMINDER: Animals adrift, fish flustered and plants uprooted: how we're upending the natural world

NEWS BRIEFING: Wed 10th Feb 2016 at 13:15 AEDT ONLINE

As our planet warms, around half of the world's plants and animals have been forced to up sticks and head towards the poles, according to new studies of global species distributions.

And it's not just animals and plants on land - marine species have been forced to move too, disrupting distribution patterns thought to have existed for millions of years. Even more worryingly, species aren't just moving - their behaviour is changing too; around two thirds have already altered their breeding and flowering seasons, changes that are in step with climate change.

Some iconic Aussie species have already been affected, including koalas and platypuses, which have seen declining numbers as a result of extreme heat. Join us for this online briefing from the Species on the Move International Conference<http://smc.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=dc38ed438c&e=69d18f3830> being held in Hobart this week, when top international experts, and Australia's Professor Gretta Pecl, will discuss their latest research.

The briefing will discuss the following issues:

  *   How the world's flora and fauna are moving in response to climate change
  *   How breeding behaviour is changing
  *   The situation in our oceans
  *   Effects on Australia's flora and fauna
  *   How do we monitor species distributions? How accurate is the data?
  *   What are the future prospects for the planet's plants, animals and fungi?

  *   Professor Camille Parmesan is National Marine Aquarium Chair in Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health, Plymouth University, UK and Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, USA
  *   Professor Mike Burrows is from the Scottish Association for Marine Studies, UK
  *   Associate Professor Gretta Pecl is an ARC Future Fellow and Deputy Associate Dean of Research at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Join the briefing

Date: Wed 10 Feb 2016
Start Time: 13:15pm AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min
Venue: Online

Journalists can follow the briefing online via audio and video streaming.  Each presenter will speak for 5-7 minutes followed by questions. Journalists will have the opportunity to ask questions online.
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2. Enter access code 865 295 682#.
Radio stations can also record the briefing over a phone line. If you would like to make sure that you can connect, please contact us to arrange a quick test before the day.
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