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The Talbot Oration: Coral Reefs in Hot Water

Australian Museum
Australian Museum
Cnr William & College Streets, Sydney NSW 2000

Wednesday 31 May from 6:30pm to 8pm

The Australian Museum will be open from 5pm - 9pm as part of Nights at the Museum.

Ages: recommended for 12+

Corals have been on Earth in some form for over 400 million years, evolving to play a critical role in supporting ocean biodiversity and providing a home to many species. However today, we are on the verge of losing these beautiful animals and fragile ecosystems.

As Co-Director of the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) on the Great Barrier Reef, Dr Anne Hoggett AM has spent the last four decades bearing witness to the impact of climate change on our reefs and marine ecosystems. Along with her husband, Dr Lyle Vail AM, Dr Hoggett has tracked the devastating effects of threats like coral bleaching, cyclones, pollution, and Crown-of-Thorns Starfish outbreaks.

There is hope, but we must act now. In Australia, we hold a unique role as custodians of several reef systems including the largest on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef. We must work together to protect these amazing ecosystems and the incredible diversity they support.

In this year’s Talbot Oration, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of LIRS, Dr Hoggett will share her extensive knowledge about the importance of coral reefs, their complex biology, and the urgent need for action. Learn about the latest research and conservation efforts being made to protect these underwater wonders and what you can do to help. Following her address, Dr Hoggett will be joined by businesswoman, sustainability adviser and former President of the Australian Museum Trust, Sam Mostyn AO for a Q&A with the audience.

The Talbot Oration will include an Auslan interpreter.

Please note there is limited seating available in Hintze Hall for the talk and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Standing room will also be available. The Museum's permanent galleries will be open throughout the night.

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