We explore the area’s geological history with renowned coastal geomorphologist Professor David Kennedy, then palaeontologist and science communicator Ben Francischelli introduces us to the megafauna that once roamed Port Phillip Bay.
We look at marine ecosystems and water quality around the Port Phillip Bay area.
These community webinars were brought to you by Life Saving Victoria in partnership with the Association of Bayside Municipalities and the Victorian National Parks Association.
Award-winning science communicator, teacher and ecologist Dr. Jen Martin from the University of Melbourne joins us for this special hour about all things “sci-comm”.
Jen shares her adventures as an ecologist and science communicator, from the wilderness to the lab, the classroom, to the radio waves and all the way to Antarctica.
A journey in science communication
Dr Jen Martin is an inspiring scientist who founded the University of Melbourne’s Science Communication program, was named Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication for 2019 and recently won the David White Award for Teaching Excellence.
Among many other things, Jen is also a co-host of 3RRR’s Sunday science show, Einstein-a-go-go and every Wednesday morning she presents the Weird Science segment on 3RRR Breakfasters.
We kicked off this year’s Great Victorian Fish Count in a very 2020 way with our first online GVFC celebration night, featuring one of the grouchiest fish (The Victorian Scalyfin) and the most graceful (The Smooth Ray).
Mark Norman is currently the Chief Conservation Scientist for Parks Victoria, however back in the 80’s he spent 160 hours underwater observing 80 Victorian Scalyfin at Popes Eye. He joined us to sing their praises and share some stories and images of these territorial little fish. In perfect 2020 fashion he joined us from his car atop a hill to get a better connection!
Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons is a PhD Candidate in Macquarie University’s Fish Lab. She has many years of experience in shark and ray biology and shared insights from her research on the movements and behaviour of coastal ray species in NSW- with a focus on those graceful giants, the Smooth Rays, and the Southern Eagle Ray.
Nicole Mertens has been running the Great Victorian Fish Count for the past couple of years. She took us through some highlights of 2019 and let us know what’s in store for the 18th GVFC.
While we are at home, the fungi are running riot out there in the forest! The recent rains could mean we are in for a bumper fungus season.
These online workshops introduce participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi. We will examine and identify your mushrooms and discuss their greater significance in underpinning terrestrial ecosystems.
Why do fungi matter in our forests and gardens?
What makes Australian fungi so special?
And how do we differentiate the desirable from the deadly?
This workshop has now passed.
For those who weren’t able to join us for these fabulous workshops with Alison Pouliot you can check out her amazing introduction to ‘The Kingdom of Fungi’ with this fascinating video.