This treasured lecture is all about the deep blue sea. Join science experts who journeyed to the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island earlier this year and hear about the work they undertook on the CSIRO RV (research vessel) Investigator. To attend this online event on Wednesday 22 September 2021, at 6pm, register here for your Zoom connection $5 tickets. Perhaps you could look into membership as it gives you free general entry to the museum's 3 museums, exclusive discounts and more.
Join this month's lecture to hear how the researchers undertook science on board the specially designed research vessel in the midst of challenges such as seasickness. They mapped the seafloor and sampled marine life, including the unusual, beautiful, and ugly animals that adapted to life in the dark, and high-pressure ecosystem of the deep-sea. Learn the significance of the voyage and the treasures found, which will open your eyes to this massive and mysterious ecosystem, and its important role for planet Earth.
Your two speakers include Dr Tim O'Hara, Senior Curator, Marine Invertebrates, and Chief Scientist on the July Investigator voyage in the Indian Ocean. He is a marine biologist who uses museum collections to answer large-scale questions about the distribution of seafloor animals around the globe. The other speaker is Melanie Mackenzie, Collection Manager, Marine Invertebrates, who has been involved in shipboard research from the Australian Abyss to Antarctica and has a special interest in holothuroids (sea cucumbers). She'll describe a typical day at sea from specimen collection and processing to finding that work-life 'balance' on board, and more.