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GED Kicks Off 2012 Seminar Series with Australian Guest Speaker

On June 11, 2012, NHEERL’s Gulf Ecology Division (GED) will host Damien Burrows of the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research at James Cook University, who is in the United States for 4 months on a research fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Burrows is from James Cook University, Townsville, in the state of Queensland, northern Australia. He has worked on freshwater and estuarine ecosystems of northern Australia for 22 years. He also is founding director of TropWATER (the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research), a multidisciplinary group that brings together all researchers (biologists, engineers, modelers, hydrologists, social scientists, physicists, and chemists) at James Cook University working on fresh, estuarine, and coastal waters. This presentation will be a summary of major research directions of the center and aquatic ecosystem management issues in tropical northeastern Australia, a large region of limited population but significant developmental pressures. This will include freshwater, estuarine, and coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

The GED Seminar Series is a flexible format series of summertime presentations designed to foster a spirit of community interaction at GED. Presentations cover a variety of content, including conference presentations, new instruments or method summaries, and items of general interest. Presenters usually are GED staff members, but outside and local speakers also may be invited.

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