CLIMATE FUTURES AND CORAL REEFS: ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES AND REEF RESILIENCE IN INDONESIA, JAMAICA AND BELIZE
|Speaker: Professor M.J.C Crabbe|
|When: Tuesday 30 August 2011, 1.00-2.00pm|
|Location: Building E6A Room 102|
Abstract: Knowledge of factors that are important in reef resilience helps us understand how reefs react following major environmental disturbances such as hurricanes and bleaching. The talk will cover fringing reefs in Indonesia and Jamaica, and barrier reefs off the coast of Belize. Here we identify factors which may have helped in the recovery of corals on the North coast of Jamaica since the 2005 Caribbean-wide mass bleaching event.
The talk will contrast management effectiveness in Jamaica, Belize, and Indonesia, with lessons for the future.
Bio: Professor MJC Crabbe is the Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Bedfordshire. He has a long-standing interest in modelling biological systems and has developed a number of computer programs for this field.
In the last ten years he has developed computational models for coral reefs and currently works on the genetics, recruitment, conservation and survival of reef-building corals around Discovery Bay, Jamaica, the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef, and in the Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia.
In 2006 he won the 6th Aviva / Earthwatch International Award for Climate Change Research and in 2008, won the Great Contributors to China Creative Industries Award.