Curtis Champion is a PhD student at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Here he explains how we can use species' preferences for specific environmental conditions to measure and monitor the effects of climate change on their distributions.
There has been a lot of media attention recently of the mass die-off of leatherjackets, as well as smaller numbers of other species, along the south-east coast of Australia from Victoria to Tasmania. But what actually caused the die off?
The Redmap Team have judged their favourite marine sightings ever - check them out in the Redmap Newsletter (Summer 2016/2017). Also in this edition: your community data is reviewed in the Redmap Report Card 2016, meet some Redmap scientists - and why are Tasmanian waters heating up faster than usual?
A tropical manta ray in chilly Tasmania, a rare seahorse in New South Wales and a very happy Queensland fisherman -- just a few of the amazing photos shared by Redmap members. Check out the top marine sightings as judged by the Redmap Team around Australia.
Australians have shared more than 2100 photos on Redmap of unusual or rare marine life in their local seas. Top-sighted Redmap species include threadfin butterflyfish in NSW, eastern rock lobster in Tasmania and redthroat emperor in WA. More than half of the sightings were submitted by divers. And the community data was used or mentioned in 23 scientific papers! The Redmap Report Card recaps who spotted what where around the ...
Redmap has a secret weapon: a network of 80+ marine science boffins around Australia. These experts verify sighting photos so they can be added to the Redmap database and displayed on redmap.org.au. Meet 5 Redmap scientists who've reviewed the most sightings on Redmap - and some of the marine life they've verified.
Tasmania's east coast is considered a global warming hotspot. Why are Tasmanian waters warming up so fast?
Fishers and divers around Australia have been sharing their knowledge with Redmap since December 2009. This animation by Cecilia Villanueva shows all the amazing out-of-range and unusual observations submitted over that time! 'Listed' species are the ones Redmap highlights as species of interest on the website and 'other' species are ones you have recognised as out of place or rare. Dots often represent multiple sightings in one spot!
From studying octopus fisheries to tagging rock lobsters and teaching kids about the marine world: the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is at the forefront of Australian marine research. Now you can keep up-to-date with IMAS's latest marine research in the new Marine Matters newsletter. Read Issue #1!