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Redmap wedding observation

An eagle-eyed Redmapper recently managed to make an out-of-range observation while at a Redmap Coordinator's wedding...

End of summer newsletter!

Summer has sadly come to an end but that doesn't mean you have to stop thinking about the ocean! Check out our end of summer newsletter for fascinating articles written by expert guest authors, a summary of recent Redmap data, links to valuable resources and a fascinating interview with a budding marine scientist!

Summer 2018/19: Out-of-range sightings data summary

The numbers are in! Tasmanian citizen scientists have contributed the largest number of sightings of marine species outside their usual distributions this Summer. A fantastic effort by community members from all parts of Australia! These data help to provide insights into the regions where marine species are range shifting most rapidly. 

The uncertain future of cephalopods in a changing ocean

Cephalopods – octopus, cuttlefish, squid and nautilus- have been a subject of human fascination for several thousands of years. Ancient Greek pottery from circa 1,500 BC had octopuses as a common theme and there is even an Egyptian hieroglyph of a squid...

Interview with IMAS marine scientist Patricia Peinado

Patricia Peinado is a PhD student at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. She is originally from Spain, but moved to Tasmania to undertake research at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre. We had a chat with Patricia to learn more about her interests and the current project she is working on...

How vagrants can help us understand the impacts of species geographic redistributions

Vagrant animals are those that turn up well outside their normal range. These individuals present an opportunity to investigate the underlying factors facilitating or inhibiting climate-induced changes to species distributions. In this article, Redmap guest authors and budding marine science experts Kai Paijmans and Dr Paloma Matis provide a concise rundown of what can be learned from studying vagrant marine critters...  

Citizen scientists contribute to new global database of marine forests

“All around the world we’re seeing changes in our underwater forests due to climate change and other human-caused disturbances. Some marine forests are sadly disappearing, while others are starting to appear in places where they traditionally haven’t occurred”, says Dr Cayne Layton, a marine ecologist at IMAS and a volunteer regional coordinator for the Marine Forests citizen science project. “And so this project is partnering with citizen scientists from around …

Bioluminescence: the ocean’s shining light

Bioluminescence is undoubtedly a wonder of the natural world that’s capable of captivating the imaginations of those who witness the phenomenon, including the father of evolution Charles Darwin whose first notebook entry while aboard the famous Beagle voyage remarked that:

“The sea was luminous in specks and in the wake of the vessel, of a uniform slightly milky colour. When the water was put into a bottle, it gave out …

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