One of eight con­tri­bu­tions by univer­sity’s De­part­ment of Bi­ol­ogy wins ‘out­stand­ing poster‘ award at MEDCOAST 2017 Congress

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Aca­demic staff and stu­dents of the De­part­ment of Bi­ol­ogy re­cently pre­sented their re­search work at MEDCOAST 2017, the thir­teenth ‘ In­ter­na­tional MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Ma­rine Sciences, En­gi­neer­ing, Man­age­ment and Con­ser­va­tion’, held at Mel­lieħa, Malta, be­tween 31st Oc­to­ber - 4th Novem­ber. This bi­en­nial congress pro­vides a plat­form for dis­cussing sci­en­tific knowl­edge, ef­forts and ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quired for im­proved ma­rine and coastal zone man­age­ment amongst par­tic­i­pants, who this year came from 40 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Pre­sen­ta­tions de­liv­ered by the De­part­ment of Bi­ol­ogy cov­ered a va­ri­ety of top­ics, in­clud­ing the in­flu­ence of ar­ti­fi­cial reefs on an­i­mals liv­ing in ad­ja­cent sandy bot­toms, float­ing lit­ter in coastal wa­ters, lev­els of mi­croplas­tics on sandy beaches, and ero­sion caused by or­gan­isms found on rocky shores. Posters about sand­banks in the Mal­tese Is­lands, the im­pacts of tuna aqua­cul­ture on the seabed, and sur­face fea­tures in coastal rock pro­duced by liv­ing or­gan­isms on Mal­tese rocky shores were also pre­sented.

A poster en­ti­tled ‘Stake­holder In­volve­ment in Ma­rine Spa­tial Plan­ning‘ by Ly­dia Koehler, a re­cent grad­u­ate in Ocean Gover­nance (Fac­ulty of Laws), and her dis­ser­ta­tion su­per­vi­sors Dr Leyla Knit­tweis and Prof. Joseph A. Borg of the De­part­ment of Bi­olo- gy was cho­sen as an ‘out­stand­ing poster pre­sen­ta­tion’ from amongst the 116 posters pre­sented by congress par­tic­i­pants.

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