Explore your coastline at UQ Biodiversity Roadshow

To caress a crab, count the number of tiny animals living on a piece of seaweed, and discover the biological diversity of Moreton Bay at The University of Queensland Biodiversity Road Show.

On 8 April 2017, from 12pm to 3pm, members of the public can join UQ Centre for Marine Science director Ian Tibbetts, scientists and staff at the Wellington Point Reserve for a free interactive installation and guided tours.

“Wellington Point and the surrounding coastline is home to many fascinating and some endangered species,” Associate Professor Tibbetts said.

“We wanted to give locals the opportunity to better understand the habitats and creatures that are in their own backyard.”

The event caters for all ages, offering underwater video, small aquaria, and touch tanks showcasing some of the interesting creatures found in the area.

Visitors will be able to closely analyse seaweed, see the intricate beauty of planktonic animals, and learn about the corals found in Moreton Bay.

UQ tutors will be on hand to provide brief introductions of the animals’ biology and the ecology of their habitat.

“Observation is the beginning of scientific discovery,” Dr Tibbetts said.

“This is a great opportunity for local families to learn about the diverse, dynamic habitats in their area and start their journey to become a citizen scientist.

“This event is the first Biodiversity Roadshow for 2017, with more to come throughout 2017.”

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