Applied Marine Environmental History in the Indo-Pacific

Problems, Sources and Opportunities

Applied Marine Environmental History in the Indo-Pacific: Problems, Sources and Opportunities is a one-day workshop which will critically evaluate the problems, sources and opportunities for developing baselines to inform management and conservation, and to better understand long-term patterns of marine resource exploitation and trade, in the Indo-Pacific region.

By focussing on recent and current research in marine environmental history and historical marine ecology from established and emerging scholars, it is designed to foster innovative and interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges of investigating the past, present and future of Indo-Pacific seas. The workshop builds on earlier initiatives at the Asia Research Centre, including the ‘History of Marine Animal Populations – Asia’ project (2009-14) and the ‘Pearls, People and Power: Pearling and the transformation of the Indian Ocean World’ (2014-19) Discovery Project, underlining the Centre’s role as a global leader in the applied study of human-environment interaction in the Indo-Pacific World.

Presentations will be given by the following:

  • Carol Warren, Joseph Christensen and Malcolm Tull (Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University)
  • Dirk Zeller, Gabe Vianna, Amy McAlpine, Rachel White, Lincoln Hood and Matt Ansell (Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, The University of Western Australia)
  • Pedro Machado (Indiana University)
  • Ruth Thurstan (University of Exeter)
  • V.L. Forbes (The University of Western Australia)
  • Clara Obregón (Murdoch University)
  • Carolina Chong-Montenegro (University of Queensland).

The workshop will be moderated by Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez, an Associate of the Asia Research Centre and editor of Perspectives on Oceans Past: A Handbook of Marine Environmental History (2016).

Registration is essential by 1 December 2019.

Admission is free.

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Hill Lecture Theatre (Building 450)
Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA, 6150

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For any queries about this event, please call on +61 8 9360 2263.

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