Description of ActivityInvited speaker for the Marine Biological Association of the UK Marine Biology Live Webinar series. Topic: European oyster restoration
|Period||1 Jul 2021|
|Held at||The Marine Biological Association of the UK, United Kingdom|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
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With an estimated decline of 95% since the 19th century, native oyster reefs are now one of the most threatened marine habitats in Europe. In some regions of Europe native oysters are now functionally extinct. This talk is all about how we are bringing back this forgotten ecosystem through restoration ecology, pioneering projects and collaborative networks. Dr Joanne Preston is a Marine Biologist based at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth. She founded the UK/Ireland Native Oyster Network in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London to catalyse a national approach and scale of oyster habitat restoration. Dr Preston provides scientific leadership for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project in collaboration with Blue Marine Foundation and is on the Advisory board for the European Native Oyster Restoration Alliance and Wild Oyster Projects. Joanne is editing a suite of restoration handbooks for oysters and seagrass habitat and working with the coastal restoration community to ensure an integrated seascape approach to ecological restoration "Marine Biology Live" is a series of regular online talks organised by the Marine Biological Association. Talks take place at 11:00 am (UK time) every other Thursday on Zoom and will cover a range of current marine biology topics by MBA members, researchers and invited guests.