Queensland Events

AMSA Queensland Events 2018


Fifth Marine & Freshwater Student Symposium

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th May 2018

Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island

Connect with fellow post-grad students undertaking marine or freshwater research, practice presenting your research, and learn essential career skills. A line-up of some of Australia’s leading marine scientists will share with us their tips to success.

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AMSA Queensland Annual General Meeting

Thursday 19th April 2018

Queensland Museum, Grey St & Melbourne Street, South Brisbane QLD

Drinks, networking and a quick little AGM followed by a seminar from our guest speaker.
All welcome (free for members, $10 at the door for non-members)
Nibbles and drinks provided

Registration essential via Eventbrite

Guest Speaker - Kylie Pitt (Griffith University)Claims that anthropogenic stressors facilitate jellyfish blooms have been amplified beyond the available evidence


Claims that jellyfish thrive in degraded ocean environments pervade the scientific and popular literature and media.  Overstating the robustness of ‘jellyfish’ as a group, however, could lead us to overlook vulnerable jellyfish species that may be adversely affected by anthropogenic stressors.  We undertook a citation analysis of the literature to assess the extent to which such claims are made and the robustness of the evidence used to support claims.  We discovered that almost half the papers published on the topic of “jellyfish blooms” claimed that blooms were facilitated by anthropogenic stressors.  The evidence cited, however, was largely correlative and circumstantial and dominated by studies of a few taxa that are highly invasive.  We conclude that, although anthropogenic stressors could enhance blooms of some jellyfish species, robust evidence of anthropogenic stressors causing blooms is limited and the concept should be considered to be a hypothesis still to be tested.  Our research highlights the need to more critically evaluate evidence and to strike a better balance between perpetuating perception and accurately portraying the state of knowledge, both in our scientific papers and in the way we convey results to the public and policy makers.

The scientific talk will be followed by a short introduction to ‘Sea Jellies Illuminated’ – a combined exhibit and research facility that is the flagship of a new strategic partnership between Sea World and Griffith University.  The research facility will be on public display and is a unique way of engaging the public with scientific research.

Bio: Kylie Pitt is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University and is a member of the Australian Rivers Institute.  She is currently leading a new strategic partnership between Griffith University and Sea World.


Science in the Pub

December 2018

Ship Inn (upstairs function room), Cnr Stanley and Sidon Streets, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane View Map


Drinks, networking and a seminar from our guest speaker.
All welcome (free for members, $10 at the door for non-members)
Nibbles and drinks provided

More details to come.

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