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:

2018 Seminar Schedule

Semester 1

Thursday 15 March, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8)

  • Alice Twomey - Optimizing seagrass for coastal defence: a grass roots study
  • Cameron Baker - Exploring the nesting behaviour and movements of female estuarine crocodiles

Wednesday 28 March, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8) SPECIAL SEMINAR

  • Dr. Julia K. Baum, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Victoria, Canada; Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation - "Coral reefs and climate change: Transformation, surprises and resilience from the heart of the 2015-2016 El NiƱo"

Thursday 19 April, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8)

  • Sheridan Rabbitt - The importance of women in fisheries in the Solomon Islands
  • Paloma Corvalan - Leaders on a Ship: Homeward Bound’s Women in STEMM Leadership Initiative

Thursday 3 May, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8) SPECIAL SEMINAR

  • Emiliano Trucchi, a population geneticist from the University of Ferrara, Italy will present his research on "Climate-driven range shifts in fragmented ecosystems", using the King penguin from the SubAntarctic Ocean as a bioindicator from one of the most threatened ecosystems.

Thursday 24 May, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8) SPECIAL SEMINAR

  • Ross Robertson, Naos Marine Laboratory, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Republic of Panama will present his research on "An Indo-Pacific damselfish in the Gulf of Mexico: how, when, where, why, what"

Thursday 14 June, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8) SPECIAL SEMINAR

  • Dr Shane Lavery, School of Biological Sciences, and Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland, will discuss "Molecular ecology and evolution of Indo-Pacific marine organisms: stories from New Zealand"

Semester 2

Thursday 23 August, 1:00 pm, 257 Goddard (8)

  • Iva Popovic, Evolution in hot waters: Comparative genomics reveals divergent thermal selection in invasive and non-invasive marine mussels
  • Ashlin Turner, Baby Snails, the Bane of Oyster Farmers: Insight into veligers of Monoplex pileare and Monoplex parthenopeus (Gastropoda:Ranellidae)

Thursday 13 September, 1:00, 501 Goddard (8)

  • Isaac Antonio Brito Morales, PhD candidate SEES, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. “Climate velocity in the ocean and its implications for conservation”
  • James Vandersteen, PhD candidate BIOL, CBCS, CEED. “Using Remote Sensing to Quantify the Relationship between Light Pollution and Sea Turtle Nesting on Heron Island”

Thursday 11 October, 1:00, 257 Goddard (8)

  • Barry McGovern, PhD candidate VetSci TBC (cetacean acoustics and behaviour)
  • Marjoleine Roos, PhD candidate VetSci TBC (cetacean acoustics and behaviour)

Thursday 18 October, 1:00 pm, 275 GCI Bldg (20) SPECIAL SEMINAR

  • Dr. Christina Kellogg, United States Geological Survey (USGS) will present the 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship Lecture on “Microbial Diversity of Deep Sea Corals”

Thursday 22 November, 1:00 pm, 501 Goddard (8)

  • Leslie Roberson, PhD candidate, BIOL, CEED, “Should we eat threatened species?”
  • Ruben Venegas, PhD candidate, BIOL, CEED, TBC (impact of oil and gas exploration on marine conservation)

2019 Seminar Schedule

Thursday 28 February, 10:00 am, 275 GCI Bldg (20) SPECIAL SEMINAR

  • Dr Mel Cowlishaw, Assistant Director, Strategic Advice for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will present an overview of the work of the Authority, current challenges, the Reef 2050 Plan and some basic process information on Marine Park Permits