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Athletes of the Great Barrier Reef | Jodie Rummer | TEDxJCUCairns

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Published on Nov 13, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The world is fascinated with athletes, but the reasons that humans pursue ‘fitness’ and the traits we associate with a good athlete may be quite different from the rest of the animal kingdom.

Jodie is a scientist at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (JCU) with a strong background in marine biology (BSc, MSc degrees, USA) and animal physiology (PhD, Canada; post-doctoral, Hong Kong). She has done extensive research on fish buoyancy, exercise, and environmental perturbations (e.g. water quality, habitat degradation) and, although early in her career, has become a leading authority on the evolution of oxygen transport in fish and how they maintain performance during stress. Today, Jodie combines ecology, evolution, and physiology to address conservation issues such as the effects of climate change on coral reef fishes.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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