Marine Science Forum Australia

Marine Science Forum Australia
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Date(s) - 06/03/2017 - 06/04/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Merimbula RSL Club

52-54 Main St
Merimbula, NSW 2548, ,



June 3 and 4, 2017 at the RSL Club in Merimbula

Join us for a weekend of fun and learning with scientists from across Australia. The speakers will be sharing their unique experiences working with extreme environments ranging from Antarctic colds to volcanic depths.

The weekend features 5 different scientists presenting their research and includes an outdoor excursion to get hands-on with science and then a night out with the forum dinner on the Saturday night.


The 2017 forum is co-hosted by the ACT branch of the Australian Marine Sciences Association.

The theme for the 2017 forum is Marine Extremes: From the beach to the deep, which looks into the many different extreme environments in our oceans and the animals that inhabit them. The forum is run over 2 days with 5 different marine scientists presenting on their research. The scientists come from a variety of backgrounds and will cover topics such as life on the ocean floor in Antarctica, coral bleaching and research aboard the CSIRO Investigator.

2017 Speakers:

  • Matthew McArthur – freelance ecologist and marine science educator
    It’s the little things that (I) count
  • Dr Maria Byrne – Professor of Marine Biology, University of Sydney
    Corals feel it hot hot hot
  • Mr Nathan Janetzki – PhD candidate, Flinders University
    Snails know how to rock the heat
  • Dr John W. Runcie – Honorary Research Associate, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney
    Photosynthesis under pressure: survival at extreme depths and temperatures
  • Dr Iain Suthers – University of New South Wales and Sydney Institute of Marine Science
    The whole enchilada: from ocean production to predation in the East Australian Current

Tara LaSalla

Tara is the owner of Green Me Locally which was established in 2010 with a mission to bring awareness to the surrounding community about local eco-friendly businesses, events and sustainable living.

She is also a business profitability consultant and specializes in helping companies lower their environmental impact, do good things for people and the planet and become more profitable at the same time. Tara helps companies create simple, sustainable solutions and become totally green while still increasing their profits.

Her core belief is that we only have one planet, so it is our obligation to start making changes for the sake of our health and the health of future generations. Tara is known for creating easy solutions for post-consumer waste and the conservation of natural resources. Her clients are inspired and empowered to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow.

Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi’s most famous principles: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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