[ASC-media] International Women's Day, and the women of coral reef science (ICRS 2012)

Melissa Lyne mlyne_99 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 7 01:47:27 CET 2012

Just a note that tomorrow is International Women's Day. As part of the International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 being held in Cairns later this year, we will be featuring the following female keynote speakers, who have, and continue to make, invaluable contributions to the advancement of marine science and ecosystems management:

(From website: http://www.icrs2012.com/Prog-Speakers.htm)

Jane Lubchenco 
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, USA
From Science to Policy: Using Science to Inform Coral Reef Conservation and Management
On March 20, 2009 Jane Lubchenco was sworn in as the ninth and first woman Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Raised in Denver, Colorado, Lubchenco received a BA in biology from Colorado College, a Masters in zoology from the University of Washington and a PhD in ecology from Harvard University. Lubchenco has studied marine ecosystems around the world and championed the importance of science and its relevance to policy making and human well-being. Her scientific expertise includes oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. While teaching at Harvard (1975-1977) and Oregon State University (1977-2009), she was actively engaged in discovery, synthesis, communication, and application of scientific knowledge.
A former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science and the Ecological Society of America, she served 10 years on the National Science Board (Board of Directors for the National Science Foundation). From 1999-2009 she led PISCO, a large 4-university, interdisciplinary team of scientists investigating the large marine ecosystem along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. Lubchenco co-founded three organizations that communicate scientific knowledge to the public, policy makers, the media and industry and also served on the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission and the Council of Advisors for Google Ocean.

Helene Marsh 
James Cook University, Australia
Conserving Coral Reef Megafauna: Issues of Ecological Process, Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity and Food Security
Helene Marsh is Professor of Environmental Science and Dean of Graduate Research Studies at James Cook University. She was awarded her PhD from James Cook University. She is an international authority on the conservation biology of tropical coastal megafauna: dugongs, sea turtles and cetaceans. Marsh is committed to informing solutions to conservation problems and collaborates widely with natural and social scientists and stakeholders including Traditional Owners.
Much of Marsh's research and that of her post-doctoral fellows and 70+ research students has been in the field of dugong population ecology and conservation. She has authored more than 150 publications (books, book chapters and papers). Her research has informed conservation planning and management in 11 countries. Marsh is Co-Chair of the IUCN Sirenia Specialist Group and is President-Elect of the International Society of Marine Mammalogy. Her contributions have been recognised by several international awards and by her election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Madeleine van Oppen 
Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
Can Old Corals Learn New Tricks?
Madeleine van Oppen currently holds a prestigious 4-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), where she has been since 2001. At AIMS, she leads a program on the genetics/genomics of adaptation/acclimatisation of corals to climate change. This research program includes the study of the coral host animal and several of its microbial symbionts, primarily Symbiodinium and viruses.
Her work is increasingly focusing on the development of genetic tools for coral reef management (e.g., reef connectivity, experimental evolution ofSymbiodinium), and an assessment of the impacts and likely success of certain management strategies (e.g., managed translocation). Her scientific career started in the Netherlands, where she studied zooplankton communities and herbivorous coral reef fish for her MSc, and cold-water seaweeds for her PhD. After her first postdoctoral position on speciation in African cichlid fishes in UK, she started her research on reef corals in 1997 at James Cook University, Australia.
Her contributions to Australia’s coral reef science were recognised with the 2005 Dorothy Hill award for women under 40, awarded by the Australian Academy of Science.
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to arrange an interview, or for further details.

Best regards,


Melissa Lyne 
Australian Media Co-ordinator
12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012)  
9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Australia
P: +61 415 514 328
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