Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent session 2: S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean


Chair: Zoe Richards, Kathryn McMahon and Jim Underwood.
The Indo-Pacific is an extremely large marine realm that unites two oceans via a restricted Coral Triangle corridor. A large body of research exists that describes the patterns and processes responsible for the diversity in the Central and West Pacific but the Indian Ocean has up until now been largely neglected. This symposium session will showcase the results of recent research conducted in the NE Indian Ocean and highlight the diversity and ecological connectivity in the region. The session will explore how the diversity of the region is currently managed and how traditional knowledge and new technologies could be further incorporated into future management to safeguard the unique marine resources of the NE Indian Ocean.

  • Session Details
  • LocationBallroom 1, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade
  • Session TimeMonday 3rd July 10:30am to 12:30pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
10:30am to 10:50am The Kimberley - Australia's great unsung coral sanctuary Zoe Richards S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean
10:50am to 11:10am Setting priorities for conservation initiatives at the interface between ecological connectivity, ocean circulation and ecological dynamics Fabio Boschetti S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean
11:10am to 11:30am Patterns in diversity of seagrasses in the tropical Indian Ocean Kathryn McMahon S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean
11:30am to 11:50am Expect the unexpected: remarkable genetic divergence among and within the wild coral reefs of the Kimberley Jim Underwood S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean
11:50am to 12:10pm Microsatellite DNA analysis of genetic diversity in Enhalus acoroides in Indonesia Made Pharmawati S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean



  • PEPs In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
12:10pm to 12:15pm Scales of stock-recruitment and the resilience of isolated coral reefs James Gilmour PEP Talk
12:15pm to 12:20pm Isolation of oceanic and coastal populations of the harvested mother-of-pearl shell Tectus niloticus in the Kimberley Oliver Berry PEP Talk
12:20pm to 12:25pm Biodiversity of coral reef cryptofauna in relation to coral habitat and reef fish communities in Timor-Leste Catherine Kim PEP Talk
12:25pm to 12:30pm The application of eDNA metabarcoding for marine biodiversity monitoring at the Cocos-Keeling Islands. Katrina West PEP Talk