IMAS Weekend Lectures: Krill- Upon Which the Entire Antarctic Ecosystem Relies

Date: June 13, 2015 - June 6, 2015
Time: 11 am - 12 noon


Aurora Lecture Theatre; IMAS Waterfront Building
Castray Esplanade; HOBART


Vanishing Point is an arts/science collaboration to raise awareness about plastics pollution in the ocean. The exhibition will take place at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Hobart waterfront. 

To coincide with this exciting exhibition, throughout winter the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Students will be holding a series of public talks from 11-12am on Saturdays May-July 2015 in the Aurora Lecture Theatre at the IMAS Waterfront Building.

This lecture will be presented by Dr Patti Virtue, Senior Research Fellow, IMAS

Dr Patti Virtue is a marine scientist and university lecturer who has been involved in many Antarctic expeditions undertaking research with her students. Her research incorporates aspects of biological oceanography, sea ice ecology, and studies on zooplankton (krill, which form the basis of the marine food chain). Working in such a precious environment such as Antarctica, Patti is only too aware that micro plastics (the size of krill food) pose an insidious threat to fragile marine ecosystems.

Patti will present the story of the amazing life or krill and how important they are in the Antarctic ecosystem.

Event audience: Everyone