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Sharks, Shrimp and Seagrass: lessons to inform protection of coastal ecosystem

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Sharks, shrimp and seagrass are all valued parts of our coastal ecosystems, but they are also at the centre of conflicts over how people use the coasts.

In this talk, Dr Chris Brown from Griffith's Australian Rivers Institute discusses why we’re failing to conserve coastal ecosystems through three examples of sharks, shrimp and seagrass. Chris will argue that the degradation of coastal ecosystems stems from us overlooking the hidden connections that make ecosystems work. Successful examples of conservation teach us that we need to confront conflicts among the many ways people use coasts.

Dr Chris Brown is a senior lecturer at Griffith University. Chris works on the conservation of marine ecosystems and sustainable management of fisheries.

He is equally passionate about the marvellous diversity of the natural world and statistics, passions he combines in his research.

He uses advances in statistics to bring ecological complexity to the planning tools used to inform decision making.

His latest project, the Global Wetlands Program, brings together an international team to map the status of coastal wetland habitats and provide a blueprint for their conservation.