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ESI Christmas Lecture and Party

Thursday 15 December 2022 (4 - 7pm)

Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, will give a talk at this event. The lecture will be part of our Christmas event followed by pasties and drinks in the ESI Interactive Space. This event is open to the whole ESI community and also to the students on the ESI led Masters programmes.

Please note: While the Christmas party will be an in-person event for the ESI staff, students and affiliates, the talk by Professor Roberts will be hybrid and interested participants outside the ESI can join us on MS Teams to hear him. Please email for the link.

Dispatches from the global centre of marine biodiversity: creating a viable future for one of the world’s most extraordinary places

Professor Callum Roberts

Marine Conservation, Centre for Ecology and Conservation

Abstract: The Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua forms the heart of the Coral Triangle, making it the centre of the centre of global marine biodiversity. More species exist here than anywhere else in the sea. The Seascape contains a network of marine protected areas built on a foundation of science and brought into being through a textbook collaboration between local communities, NGOs and the national government. After more than a decade of effort, protection is recovering marine life depleted by previous overexploitation, including charismatic animals like sharks, manta rays and turtles. The gains remain fragile in the face of global climate change, but if any coral reefs are to survive the next century, it will be through efforts like this.

Video recording of the ESI Christmas Lecture by Professor Callum Roberts, followed by Q&A

We are proud to be celebrating the ESI’s first decade of successful operation and are holding a series of events to mark #esi10 throughout this academic year.