Science Gallery at the University of Melbourne
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Wetlands are important ecosystems, hosting critical habitats and diverse species. The soils which support these ecosystems are highly dynamic environments, acting as sinks for carbon, and playing a critical role in the cycling of greenhouse gases, nutrients, and biogeochemical processes at the intersection of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Coastal wetland soils experience rapid changes in water levels as a result of land management activities, variations in sea level, infrastructure development, and climate change and variability. These variations in water levels can then cause rapid changes in soil and water quality, such as increasing acidity and decreasing pH, rapid deoxygenation of waterways, and potential release of heavy metals.
We welcome Associate Professor Vanessa Wong as our featured speaker at the 2022 GW Memorial Leeper Lecture - an annual event celebrating the life and work of soil scientist Geoffrey Leeper, that has been presented by Soil Science Australia and the University of Melbourne since 1992. The lecture is also part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 2022 Dean’s Lecture series.
Hosting the event is Associate Professor Helen Suter, Deputy Head, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, who will moderate a live Q&A session following Associate Professor Wong’s talk. For guests attending in person, we will be offering informal drinks and refreshments at the conclusion of the lecture.
This lecture will also be broadcast live online for those unable to attend in person. (Please register using the same link)
Nature’s materials – from butterfly wings to snail mucus – are time-tested and honed by natural selection to fulfill every purpose. Drawing inspiration from nature holds enormous promise for developing the next generation of sustainable materials.
Discover the next generation of marine organism-inspired sustainable and biomedical materials from Professor Ali Miserez, leader of the Biomimetic and Biological Materials Laboratory at Nanyang Technological University Singapore.
In this lecture, he will talk about fibres made of engineered hagfish slime proteins, super-adhesive proteins in barnacles and mussels, the special material properties of shark and marine snail egg cases, and ultra-hard materials inspired by mantis shrimp clubs, giant sponges, chiton teeth, and squid beaks.
Following the public lecture please join us for some light refreshments, and meet the speaker and other special guests. Registrations are essential.
This lecture is proudly presented by the Hallmark Research Initiative in Bioinspiration.