Large coral with associates. Image courtesy Schmidt Ocean Institute

Virtual Ocean Talks: Exploring Australia's deep sea with Schmidt Ocean Institute

Discover the mysteries of Australia's deep sea in this lively virtual discussion with ocean science experts
Unfortunately, this talk has been postponed due to unforeseen technical difficulties. Please check back for a revised date soon.

In this newly created 'Virtual Ocean Talk', you'll experience one of our famously engaging and lively discussions from the comfort of your home.



- Simply register online by clicking on the button below
- You'll be sent a reminder to tune in the day before, and also one hour before the event.
- Login to the event at start time (7.30pm (AEST), Thursday 1 October 2020)

Best of all - it's FREE and anyone can register! 

Australia is an island continent, surrounded by three oceans and multiple seas, which are home to some of the world's most amazing organisms. Yet with so much water, ocean life and discovery potential, Australia has limited research opportunities. This year, Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor and its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian, explored Australia's deep-sea submarine canyons, seamount and coral ecosystems – bringing to light fascinating new species from coast to coast.

Hear from Drs Carlie Wiener (Schmidt Ocean Institute), Nerida Wilson (Western Australian Museum), and Robert Beaman (James Cook University) as they share some of the amazing surprises and discoveries that have been made for the first time. 

Main image: Exploring Australia's deep sea - large coral with associates. Image courtesy Schmidt Ocean Institute


Dr Carlie Wiener Dr Carlie Wiener is the Director of Communications and Engagement Strategy at Schmidt Ocean Institute with more than 13 years experience in marine science communications. Dr Wiener received her Bachelors degree in communications and her Masters and Doctorate degree in environmental studies from York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research focused on integrating natural and social science methods while examining dolphin-swim tourism. Dr Wiener previously held the position of communications manager for Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) Island Earth, and worked as the research and outreach specialist for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership at the University of Hawaii. For six years she was the host of a monthly marine science radio show, All Things Marine.

Dr Nerida Wilson Dr Nerida Wilson is a marine molecular biologist who has studied and worked overseas, and now manages the Molecular Systematics Unit at the Western Australian Museum. She works across a broad range of organisms, although sea slugs remain her passion. Her research interests focus on understanding and describing the extent of biological diversity present on earth and resolving the evolutionary relationships among those taxa. Nerida has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has four species named after her. Nerida has participated in 13 oceanographic expeditions and acted as Chief Scientist on several of these. Her work encompasses the tropics all the way to the poles, and from shallow reefs to the deep sea.

Dr Robin Beaman Dr Robin Beaman is a marine geologist, who received his PhD at the University of Tasmania (2005). Previously, he was a hydrographic surveyor in the Navy. Now based at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, Robin has participated in numerous ocean-mapping expeditions all around Australia and the South Pacific, as well as East Antarctica. His current research is focused on revealing the deeper Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea underwater landscape using advanced mapping technologies. He also leads a successful crowd-sourced bathymetry project on the Great Barrier Reef using volunteer vessels to log their depth data throughout the Reef. Studies of these seascapes have led to numerous research papers on a variety of topics. Robin is an active member of AusSeabed, a national seabed mapping coordination program, with expertise in the compilation of large 3D depth models for Australian waters.

Emily Jateff Your host: 
Emily Jateff - Curator of Ocean Science and Technology at the Australian National Maritime Museum.



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