Science in the S.E.A.A. – new speaker series with James Cook University

On World Oceans Day in June 2017, S.E.A. Aquarium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with James Cook University (JCU) Singapore to collaborate on research projects, student and public engagement programmes, as well as groom the next generation of marine scientists through internships.

Professor Ken Greenwood (left), Dean of Research & Professor of Psychology, James Cook University (JCU) Singapore receiving a commemoration plaque for the MoU.

One result of this collaboration is JCU will be conducting four talks in S.E.A. Aquarium in 2018, for the new speaker series Science in the S.E.A.A.

The talks will be conducted by the university’s leading faculty members who are also prominent marine biologists, such as leading shark expert Professor Colin Simpfendorfer and sea turtle specialist Associate Professor Mark Hamann.

They will share findings from their field research, which are part of global efforts to understand and protect various marine species – to inspire learning and conservation actions amongst the audience.

With JCU ranked as the world’s top university in Marine & Freshwater Biology, and number two in Biodiversity Conservation, Science in the S.E.A.A. will be highly useful for tertiary students (especially those in a marine-related field of study) as well as marine enthusiasts.

Jim Hudson, Senior Manager of Conservation at S.E.A. Aquarium, shares his thoughts on this collaboration:

“JCU Singapore has been very supportive of Guardians of the S.E.A.A.‘s conservation initiatives, such as our Sharks in Singapore Conservation Night last year, and most recently A Coral-Full Ocean Conservation Night. They have also provided us with many valuable scientific discoveries pertaining to sharks for our new shark exhibition.”

We could not be more enthusiastic to have partnered JCU. With their help and expertise, the S.E.A. Aquarium will able to elevate its role in promoting conservation efforts here in Singapore and internationally.


Kicking off the series in February is Professor Colin Simpfendorfer with his talk Beyond Shark Week: How science can help save sharks.

Colin Simpfendorfer
Professor Colin Simpfendorfer is the Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at JCU.

With 30 years of experience in shark research, Professor Colin Simpfendorfer has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. His expertise on sharks has been recognised by his appointment as the Co-Chair of the IUCN’s Shark Specialist Group.

Click here to sign up for our first talk by Professor Colin Simpfendorfer – Beyond Shark Week: How science can help save sharks.

In May, in conjunction with World Turtle Day celebration, Associate Professor Mark Hamann will speak about turtles and his research findings.

Associate Professor Mark Hamann is the Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and a member of the Science Advisory Panel for IOSEA turtle MoU (ioseaturtles.org). Image source: Twitter

A recipient of JCU Early Career Excellence in Research Award (2009), Associate Professor Mark Hamann has published in more than 80 publications in marine wildlife biology and management. He has also been accredited as the primary or secondary advisor for more than 20 research papers. He will be sharing about turtles in the May instalment of Science in the SEAA, in conjunction with World Turtle Day celebration.

Click here for the full list of Guardians of the S.E.A.A. events

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