Conference 2014

The 2014 NERP TE Hub Conference was held on the 5th-7th November 2014 
at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns.


Complete Conference Handbook & Program VIEW

Video to accompany Erin Bohensky's presentation, Building resilient communities for Torres Strait futures VIEW


Wednesday 5th November

Prof Jian-xin Zhao - Dating coral mortality and characterizing drivers in the GBR

• Prof John Pandolfi - Shifted ecological baselines on the Great Barrier Reef

• Dr Hugh Sweatman for Dr Glenn De'ath - 27-year decline in coral cover on the GBR

• Dr Hugh Sweatman - Down and staying down? Signs of recovery in GBR corals

• Dr Damien Burrows - Mangrove, freshwater and coastland wetlands

• Dr Scott Bainbridge - Monitoring the health of Torres Strait coral reefs

• Jon Brodie - Water quality hazard assessment and monitoring in the Torres Strait

• Dr Ken Anthony - Decision support for a vulnerable GBR under environmental change

• Dr Cathy Dichmont - Local people influencing regional coastal management: Decision support tools and experiences through case studies

Prof. Bob Pressey - Decision support for prioritising managment actions on GBR islands

• Ben Reid - Understanding the cumulative impacts of coastal development on marine ecosystems: Land-use change scenarios and Bayesian networks

• Dr Erin Bohensky - Building resilient communities for Torres Strait futures

• Assoc Prof Susan Laurance - Improved mosquito disease detection and prevention of spread in the Torres Strait

• Dr Eric Lawrey - Torres Strait eAtlas

• Dr Nadine Marshall - Social and Economic Long-Term Monitoring Program (SELTMP)

• Prof Natalie Stoeckl - Socioeconomic systems and reef resilience

• Prof Helene Marsh - Dugongs and turtles in Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef: The big picture

• Dr Mark Hamann - Tracking turtle and dugong


Thursday 6th November

• Mario Espinoza - Maximising the benefits of mobile predators to GBR ecosystems: The importance of movement, habitat and environment

• Darren Cameron for Dr Andrew Tobin - Drivers of juvenile shark biodiversity and abundance in inshore ecosystems of the GBR

• Dr Brad Congdon - Critical seabird foraging locations and trophic relationships for the GBR

• Prof Stephen Williams - Rainforest Biodiversity

• Prof Darren Crayn - What is at risk? Identifying rainforest refugia and hotspots of plant genetic diversity in the Wet Tropics and Cape York Peninsula

• Dr Conrad Hoskin - The importance of peripheral areas of the Wet Tropics for conservation of biodiversity

• Dr Justin Welbergen - Climate change, extreme events and biodiversity in the Wet Tropics

• Dr Hugh Sweatman - Some effects of protection from fishing on offshore reefs of the GBRWHA

• Dr David Williamson - Do green zones work? Assessing the ecological effects of management zoning on inshore reefs of the GBR Marine Park

• Prof Geoff Jones - The next generation: Large-scale larval connectivity in coral trout populations on the Great Barrier Reef

• Dr David WestcottMonitoring of key vertebrate species

• Dr Dan Metcalfe - Fire and rainforests: Mabi forest & Mahogany Glider habitat

• Dr Helen Murphy - Invasive species risks and responses in the Wet Tropics

• Dr Luke Shoo - Harnessing natural regeneration for cost-effective rainforest restoration

• Jon Brodie - The relationship between river discharges and water clarity in the Great Barrier Reef

• Dr Andrew Negri - The persistence of herbicides and their toxicity to seagrasses of the Great Barrier Reef

• Dr Andrew Negri for Dr Sven Uthicke - Experimental and field investigations of combined water quality and climate effects on corals and other reef organisms

• Dr Catherine Collier - Thresholds and indicators of declining water quality as tools for tropical seagrass monitoring and management

• Dr Ro Hill - Collaborative governance of Wet Tropics country

• Michelle Esparon - What do residents and tourists 'value' in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area?

• Prof Allan Dale - Transforming the Wet Tropics landscape: Can we create an ecosystem services economy

• Dr Eric Lawrey - eAtlas


The poster awards were announced on the final day of the NERP conference, congratulations to the winners. The full list of results can be viewed here.