April news update

It’s been a busy few months with Honours and PhD students starting, first semester teaching commencing and grant application season!

Alice and Bronwyn both attended a one day workshop on carbon accounting and the verified carbon standard methodology. The workshop was run by Drs Steve Crooks and Igino Emmerfrom Silvestrum Climate Associates in the USA. Alice has more recently also attended a workshop in Canberra scoping the inclusion of blue carbon in the emissions reduction fund. Both these workshops were relevant for our coastal carbon research – for more information check out our dedicated website. Eleanor, an undergraduate student, is also undertaking a short semester long research project investigating population structure of South Australian mangroves.

It was fantastic to attend the International Women’s Day breakfast in Adelaide, the largest such event in the country.

The next phase of Spencer Gulf research is underway. We are focusing on a socio-ecological assessment of the ecosystems, industries and communities of Spencer Gulf. Planned outcomes include a suite of time-series ecological, social and economic indicators that will provide a framework against which future integrated assessments of Spencer Gulf can be undertaken and the sustainability of new developments can be assessed; maps supported by data providing baseline information that will allow stakeholders to efficiently obtain spatially-explicit information on the environmental characteristics, ecological assets, human activities, management arrangements and socio-economic values of the gulf and an integrated assessment that identifies opportunities to enhance current processes for environmental assessment and applications for development approvals. Bronwyn attended a workshop in Hobart about integrated marine management in which one of the case studies was the Spencer Gulf region.

We have a couple more publications accepted including:

Bradshaw et al. (2018) Predicting sustainable shark harvests when stock assessments are lacking. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsy031

Disspain et al. (2018) Long-term archaeological and historical archives for mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus, populations in eastern South Australia. Fisheries Research