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Biodiversity in the City : issue 1
10 Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Chowder Bay From the big to the small, a major focus of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) is the remarkable biodiversity of marine life. This focus ranges from high profile groups such as fishes and sharks to the crucial microscopic bacteria and phytoplankton that are at the base of marine ecosystems. Harnessing the skills of over 80 scientists from five NSW universities, and governmental environmental agencies the Institute represents a powerful scientific resource capacity, and one that is fundamental to advancing our understanding and preservation, of the incredible biodiversity of Sydney Harbour and the wider NSW marine environment. Come down to the water's edge to discover the hidden secrets of the biodiversity of the marine world. Get hands on with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Industry and Investment NSW Fisheries. Experts will be on hand to talk to you about life beneath out harbour. Get up close to the biodiversity of the deep -- explore the online Integrated Marine Observing System, marine life display tanks, and "toss in a line" with a fun fishing game. Dr Martina Doblin, Senior Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney Dr Martina Doblin is an international expert in biological oceanography. Her research has contributed to the understanding of the development of harmful algal blooms and the transport of introduced species via ships' ballast water. Dr Belinda Curley, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Technology, University of Sydney Dr Belinda Curley is a marine ecologist who works with temperate marine systems. Her research to date has focused on understanding patterns of biodiversity, movement, and population connectivity of temperate reef fishes. marine location: Druitt Landing, Darling Harbour