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 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”

2019 Seminar Schedule

Semester 1

Thursday 28 February, 10:00 am, 257 Goddard Bldg (8) 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

Thursday, 7 March, 1:00 pm, 501 Goddard Bldg (8) Postgrad Seminar

  • Leslie Roberson, PhD candidate, BIOL, SEES, “Should we eat threatened species?”
  • Ruben Venegas, PhD candidate, BIOL, CEED, "Marine biodiversity conservation in the face of offshore hydrocarbon activities."