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Exploring the Deep Sea Canyons Off Ningaloo
4 September, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Shortly before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill, the RV Falkor research vessel, owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, visited the coast of WA to explore our off-shore deep-sea canyons.
A team led by Dr Nerida Wilson of the WA Museum used remotely operated underwater vehicles to explore the canyons around Ningaloo, discovering and describing the diversity of life living on the deep-sea floor. This environment was largely unexplored and the expedition revealed numerous species previously unrecorded in Australian waters. The information gained will help guide the management and conservation of this unique ecosystem.
This month, Dr Wilson will be speaking to the WA Naturalists’ Club and sharing some of the discoveries from this amazing expedition.
Dr Nerida Wilson is a research scientist at the Western Australian Museum, Perth, and manages its Molecular Systematics Unit. Her research interests focus on understanding and describing the extent of biological diversity present on earth and resolving the evolutionary relationships among those taxa. She is passionate about taxonomy and systematics as the foundational discipline that underpins biological science, and has a soft spot for sea slugs, which she spoke to us about last year.