Speakers: Dr Liz Hawkins
Coastal dolphins are keystone indicators of marine environmental health and are highly vulnerable to threats and environmental changes. Despite their charismatic nature, we know relatively little about the dolphins that live along our coastlines.
Since 2010, Dr Elizabeth Hawkins has led research into the populations of dolphins in Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast region. For Gecko’s final Guest Speaker Night of the year Dr Hawkins will introduce you to some of the local dolphins of the region, particularly those of the Pacific bottlenose and Australian humpback species, and explain how you can get involved in the important work she does as a citizen scientist.
Dr Elizabeth Hawkins is the Founding Director of Dolphin Research Australia, a marine education, research and conservation charity that is carrying out long-term research to provide essential information on the status of local dolphin populations. The project encourages members of the public to take part and assist in the monitoring of dolphin populations as part of a Citizen Science program. Dr Hawkins’ work has been published in international peer reviewed journals and featured in television documentaries. She has a passion for not only marine mammals, but educating the public about their plight for survival in an ever changing world.
Who: Dr Liz Hawkins, Dolphin Research Australia
When: 26th October, 6:30 for 7.00pm.
Where: The Cove Currumbin RSL, 165 Duringan St, Currumbin QLD 4223