Professor Bronwyn Gillanders

What do we really know about the Giant Australian Cuttlefish? A recent dramatic decline and then rapid recovery of numbers of cuttlefish aggregating near Whyalla has sparked off new investigations. Professor Bronwyn Gillanders will present some of the scientific detective work that she and her team have done to unravel some of the species’ enigmatic biology and how it contrasts with global cephalopod abundance trends.

Date: Tuesday 14th August
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Where: South Australian Museum (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)
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Professor Gillanders is a Professor at the University of Adelaide, where she runs the Gillanders Aquatic Ecology Lab, and has previously held ARC Fellowships. She completed her BSc at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), her MSc in Marine Science at the University of Otago (NZ) and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Sydney (Australia). She uses calcified structures of aquatic organisms as innovative tools to understand past environments and biological processes, such as age, growth and movement patterns. Her broader interests include integrated management and understanding cumulative environmental impacts.

Suitable for ages 12+
There is no need to print a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.
As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email

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We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following Environment Institute Members finalists for the 2018 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Excellence in Research Collaboration The Aboriginal Heritage Project, partnership between the local members of the Aboriginal community, the SA Museum, the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales – ACAD Australian Centre […]

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Choeras morialta

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