Pemika presents her poster at IWSB10
• Where did you go?
To Búzios in Brazil. Búzios, is a resort town located in the state of Rio de Janeiro about 180 km from Rio de Janeiro. The 10th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW10) was held from the 25th November to 30th November, 2012 and brought together members of the seagrass community, managers, students and scientists from 25 countries across the globe, to share their research experiences, to learn from one another and to discuss the knowledge gaps and the direction of future research. The conference was organized by the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) and the Brazilian Marine Biodiversity Institute (InstitutoBiodiversidadeMarinha).
• What did you do there?
I presented a poster on my research into sedimentary carbon pools associated with temperate seagrass species. Much of the research into the carbon sink capacity of seagrass has been done on only one species, Posodonia oceanica. The aim of my research was to address the knowledge gap with other temperate seagrass species , namely Zostera muelleri isubsp. Capricornii aschers. meadows whch is commonly found in Australian waters.
My preliminary research, which was funded by the IUCN and C3, showed that this species does provide a significant organic carbon pool in the ocean.
A number of attendees visited my poster and provided useful comments, shared experiences and discussed ideas about the direction of future Blue Carbon research. Most of them were interested in the study of carbon sources in seagrass sediment and the techniques to determine the carbon sources, which is one part of my further research.
My supervisor Dr Peter Macreadie also attended the conference and presented a paper on the human and climate impacts on global carbon sinks
Pemika and Peter Macreadie at IWSB10 in Rio de Janeiro
• Best experience?
The 360 degrees panorama of Rio de Janeiro from Cristo Retendo, the view from the top of Corcovado Mountain were amazing experiences. As was the delicious conference dinner – a buffet Brazilian style - and the cheese and wine poster session, with a great experience of research discussion.
•Outcomes - how will this help with your work at C3?
There is a lot of potential for new collaboration with seagrass scientists from 25 countries. The workshop discussion about future research direction, from the existing gaps in the science of seagrass biology, and learning about the various methods used by researchers, creative methods, and the challenges faced was especially helpful to my own research.
IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)