Ecology of Sand Dunes of East Coast of India

Indian marine biologist Prof. M Srinivasan, Director of Centre for Advanced Study in Marine Biology in Tamil Nadu, India gave the second webinar of the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series! He discussed the importance of sand dunes (and mangroves) for coastal protection along the south Indian coast (against storm waves and the Indian ocean tsunami), sand dune formation and classification, dune vegetation (including its medicinal values), the increasing amounts of anthropogenic impacts affecting different types of dunes and valuable tips for management. A fascinating insight into the applied coastal research at one of the oldest marine institutes in India. We would like to cordially thank Prof. Srinivasan for giving this seminar and further increasing public awareness of sand dunes and their conservation.

Two February Seminars: Sand Dunes of India and Antarctic Seafloor Biodiversity

In February, am pleased to invite you to two webinars as part of the Seabed Habitats seminar series next month!

On Tuesday 9th February at 13.00 GMT, Prof. M Srinivasan, will be giving a talk entitled “Sand Dunes of East Coast of India.” Prof. Srinivasan is the Professor, Director and Dean of the Centre for Advanced Study of Marine Biology at Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, India. The Centre specialises in research on mangroves and is a reputed marine institute in India, actively engaged in teaching, research and extension activities in marine sciences. I had the opportunity to visit the centre and meet Prof. Srinivasan when my family and I visited the Mangroves of Pichavaram whilst touring in Tamil Nadu.

Where the wild things are- Antarctic seafloor biodiversity

From Tamil Nadu to Antarctica, on February 23rd 1300 GMT, Dr Huw Griffiths of the British Antarctic Survey will be giving a talk about “ Where the wild things are- Antarctic seafloor biodiversity.” Dr Huw Griffiths is a marine biogeographer with an interest in the Polar Regions and a passionate believer in science communication and making science more accessible to the public, policy makers and government. In 2020, Dr Huw Griffiths was awarded Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Medal for Education and Communication.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A and discussion after the event!

So please sign up here and hope to see you next month!

Seabed Habitats Seminar Series January Webinar!

Today was a momentous day for this blog as it marked the start of the Seabed Habitats seminar series! Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer’s webinar entitled “Effects of CO2 on seabed habitats” took us on an informative journey through the world of ocean acidification and studying the impacts of a high CO2 world. An important call for action on what we as scientists and policy makers can do to protect ocean health and seabed habitats in the future. My welcome message and the highlights of the webinar by Prof Jason Hall-Spencer can be found below! A really big thank you to Jason for being the first speaker in our seminar series and for starting us on this journey of education!!! Also thank you to all who could join us for today’s January webinar (the first one!). And thanks to my sister for helping me out!

A January Welcome to the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series

Effects of CO2 on seabed habitats- Highlights of January Webinar by Prof Jason Hall-Spencer

Please do sign up for updates so I can keep you informed of new webinars each month occasionally at the blog post below or email me!

Seabed Habitats Seminar Series 2021

Introducing the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series 2021!!

This is a series of 12 online talks on various seabed habitats held on zoom on the last Tuesday of each month. For 2021, I have decided to organise this series of 12 online talks on various seabed habitats held on zoom on the last Tuesday of each month.

This January, Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer of Plymouth University will be starting us off on this journey through the marine realm, speaking about the “Effects of carbon dioxide on seabed habitats.” Jason is a Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University in the UK and specialises in the impacts of a high CO2 world on our seas and oceans.

Join us on 26th January 1300 GMT at this Zoom Link (please sign up or email me for the password) and keep in touch with future webinar announcements by filling the form below. Your email will only be used for webinar announcements/ occasional reminders and to inform of any changes to the schedule.

If you are a scientist or conservationist who would like to become a speaker in this future months of 2021, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing seabedhabitats@gmail.com .

International Pathfinders

The Irish Association for Women in Geoscience recently hosted their International Pathfinders Online event, celebrating some of the awesome female geoscientist that have inspired us along our careers. Happening online as a result of the current pandemic five international women geoscientists at various stages in their career discussed their varied and diverse career journeys. Firstly, Dr. Anna Hicks @volcanna – a volcanologist, a disaster risk reduction specialist, and a science communicator, currently working @BritGeoSurvey @LyellCentre . Then, Dr. Anjana Khatwa @jurassicg1rl – an Earth Scientist and a presenter who is currently working as Engagement Lead @WessexMuseums and is also a @ndawards finalist as a Positive Role Model for Race, Faith and Religion. Followed by Dr Adriana Guatame Garcia of the Delft University of Technology @TUDelft spoke in the #InternationalPathfinders event. The Colombian geologist and geometallurgy specialist shared here experiences in the mining sector, as well as in academia. The next speaker was Dr Leanne Melbourne of University of Bristol Earth Science. @LeanneMelbourne is a Lecturer in Marine Palaeontology and did her PhD on the structural integrity of marine calcifiers in response to ocean acidification and warming. And the final speaker of #IAWGPathfinders was Dr Luciana Esteves of @Geography_BU Lu is a committee member of @WomenInCoastal and has carried out research on the impact of covid19 lockdown on female academics.

More information including videos of the event can be found at the IAWG Website

Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat- Second Edition

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The second edition of Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat, edited by Peter Harris and Elaine Baker has been published at the end of last year and I was pleased to get my copy of the paperback version just a few weeks ago! The book is a “GeoHab Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats,” (GeoHab International Habitat Mapping community).

Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats, Second Edition, provides an updated synthesis of seabed geomorphology and benthic habitats. This new edition includes new case studies from all geographic areas and habitats that were not included in the previous edition, including the Arctic, Asia, Africa and South America. Using multibeam sonar, the benthic ecology of submarine features, such as fjords, sand banks, coral reefs, seamounts, canyons, mud volcanoes and spreading ridges is revealed in unprecedented detail. This timely release offers new understanding for researchers in Marine Biodiversity, environmental managers, ecologists, and more. (Elsevier.com)

This book, as well as the first edition, contain a balance between different approaches to marine conservation, scientific theory of marine geology and geophysical mapping techniques. It is a joy to flick through the images, learn about different geomorphic features around the world and understand the state of the art approaches to surveying benthic habitats. The major part of the book contains detailed practical case studies as examples of different approaches to seafloor mapping and examination of the seafloor for marine conservation management and scientific purposes. The first edition of the book had been very useful during my PhD, with the opening Part 1 being vital guidance for me as a research student. My coauthor and I were please to be able to contribute a review chapter on the “Physical oceanographic drivers of geomorphology of rhodolith/maerl beds in Galway Bay, Ireland” (Chapter 12 case study by Joshi and Farrell) to this edition! This chapter is one of two case studies from Ireland, which form a part of the major “Case Study” portion of the book (Part 2). A synthesis chapter serves to be a useful benchmark, together with a summary of outputs of a questionnaire for authors (Part 3). A vital edition to all academic marine science libraries and for government scientists and marine biology and geological oceanography students.

Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat – Second edition Elsevier Homepage Here