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Chelsea tonight: 19 October 2015: Researcher speaks on Coastal Vegetation as best carbon sinks

7 pm, Longbeach Place, 15 Chelsea Road, Chelsea. Monday, 19th October 2015. Recent research has found that vegetated coastal habitats –seagrasses, salt marshes and mangroves are amongst the most effective carbon sinks on the planet – up to 40 times terrestrial habitats.

You are all cordially invited to hear a preeminent researcher in this emerging field at the Annual General Meeting of Port Phillip Conservation Council Inc. on:

 

Monday, 19th October 2015

7 p.m.

Longbeach Place 15 Chelsea Road Chelsea

(Formerly Chelsea Neighbourhood House. Near Chelsea station and Chelsea Library - ample parking adjacent)

GUEST SPEAKER: Carolyn Ewers, M.S. Marine & Coastal Ecologist and doctoral candidate at Deakin University's Centre for Integrative Ecology will speak on:

Blue carbon hotspots: Distribution and abundance of blue carbon in Victoria.

Ms. Ewers completed a Bachelor and Masters degree in marine biology and fisheries from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), USA. Whilst studying she also completed an internship at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS), researching the role of various shallow-water marine habitats in supporting biodiversity. Her Masters thesis researched the physiological effects of light and temperature stress associated with climate change on eelgrass (Zostera marina). During her research Carolyn became a scientific diver with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and worked as a California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program science crew member.

 

Currently, for her Doctoral degree, Carolyn is undertaking Blue carbon research at Deakin University, focusing on understanding the dynamics of carbon sequestration in salt marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses to maximize carbon gains in coastal ecosystem restoration projects.  

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