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The Centre for Marine Science hosts a regular seminar series aimed at PhD and Honours students but open to all. Our seminars aim to showcase the breadth of student research within the University, encompassing all Schools and Institutes linked to CMS. They provide a great opportunity for Honours and PhD students to practice presenting their research in a small, friendly environment and for everyone to learn about the marine research being conducted at UQ.

3 seminars are held each semester, typically on a Thursday in room 257 Goddard Building. Special seminars featuring visiting researchers are added to the schedule when the opportunity arises. Detailed information about upcoming presenters and topics will be posted here once confirmed.

If you would like to present in the future, please get in contact via email:

2017 Seminar Schedule

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 1pm - Goddard Building (8) Room 257

Marine connectivity in time and space: Insights from an intertidal fish – Josh Thia, Riginos Lab, School of Biological Sciences

In contrast to terrestrial systems, connectivity and genetic structure within marine metapopulations may be highly variable in space and time—a phenomenon coined ‘chaotic genetic patchiness’. It is important to consider both adult and juvenile cohorts over multiple generations when studying chaotic genetic patchiness, yet few studies to date have replicated sampling across space and time to make full assessments of the: (1) variability in genetic connectivity and structure, and (2) processes that drive this variability. My research focuses on populations of an intertidal fish, Bathygobius cocosensis, to gain insights into the dynamic nature of marine connectivity.

Revisiting the “Center Hypotheses” of the Indo-West Pacific: Idiosyncratic genetic diversity of nine reef species offers weak support for a center of genetic biodiversity – Ambrocio Matias, Riginos Lab, School of Biological Sciences

In this study, we investigate processes that shape Indo-West Pacific genetic biodiversity by revisiting the predictions of the different leading hypotheses put forward to explain the extreme species diversity in the Coral Triangle, namely the Center of Origin, Center of Overlap, Center of Accumulation and Center of Survival. We test these predictions using intraspecific genetic data for nine reef species, filling in key sampling gaps of previous studies and employing coalescent based analyses. Results of our standardized analyses, however, show discordant genetic patterns across the nine reef species studied lending differing and weak support for the different “center” hypotheses.

Save the dates for the remaining regular seminars, currently scheduled as follows:

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1pm