IMAS Weekend Lectures: Citizen Science and Our Oceans


To coincide with the Vanishing Point exhibition, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies presents a lecture series on Saturday mornings from May to July.

Start Date

9th May 2015 11:00am

End Date

9th May 2015 12:00pm


IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade

Vanishing Point is an arts/science collaboration to raise awareness about plastics pollution in the ocean. The exhibition will take place at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Hobart waterfront. 

To coincide with this exciting exhibition, throughout winter the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Students will be holding a series of public talks from 11-12am on Saturdays May-July 2015 in the Aurora Lecture Theatre at the IMAS Waterfront Building.

Citizen Science and Our Oceans

presented by

Dr Gretta Pecl
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Australia has thousands of professional scientists who are expanding our body of knowledge through their endeavours to better understand our natural world and the universe.  But did you know that we also have over 130,000 'citizen scientists' actively contributing to science through more than 100 different projects?  What exactly is 'citizen science' and who are these citizen scientists?! What sort of activities are they involved in and are they producing useful information? And most importantly, could YOU become a citizen scientist too?

In this presentation Gretta will give an overview of citizen science activity in Australia before highlighting those involved in documenting and collecting marine debris and then the Redmap, or the Range Extension Database and Mapping Project, which is engaging Australian's like you in the mapping of changes occurring in our marine ecosystems.

About Dr Gretta Pecl

Gretta is an ARC Future Fellow and the Deputy Associate Dean of Research at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Her recent research activity spans a wide range of topics from understanding movement and population dynamics of commercial fishery species, assessing species and fishery responses to climate change, and on using citizen science approaches for ecological monitoring and community engagement (e.g. Gretta leads several large international, National and regional marine climate change projects at IMAS and has a strong commitment to science communication with the public and industry.

 Coming up in the IMAS Weekend Lectures

May 16 - Dave Pryce - The Plastiki Expedition

May 23 - Dr Patti Virtue - Krill- upon which the entire Antarctic ecosystem relies

May 30 - Lara Marcus - Whale sharks - the biggest fish in the ocean who eats the smallest plankton

June 6 - Dr Frederique Oliver - Is Antarctica Pristine?