Talk: Reefs, risks, resilience

07 July 2024 11:00 - 11:30 The Royal Society Free Watch online

This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2024.

Dr Sophie Nedelec's research involves diving on coral reefs, which are remarkable places to visit. When healthy, these reefs are beautiful, overflowing with wildlife, and home to thousands of very colourful animals. Coral reefs are not just a luxury holiday destination. Millions of people living in tropical countries rely on them for food, income and protection from waves.

However, coral reefs are in trouble. They are threatened by climate change, overfishing and pollution. Rapid assessment tools are needed to prioritise resources for coral reef protection and restoration. Dr Nedelec will discuss why a tiny animal we’ve never heard of, the snapping shrimp, can provide valuable information about the health of coral reefs through the sounds they make.

Dr Sophie Nedelec is Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Exeter. 

Attending the event

This talk will be held in the Kohn Centre room on Sunday 7 July 2024, 11am — 11.30am. 

  • Free to attend, no ticket required
  • The room has limited capacity, so we recommend that visitors arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the talk. We operate a first-come, first-served policy
  • This talk will take place in person at the Royal Society and will also be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel
  • Live subtitles will be available in-person and virtually
  • Suitable for everyone
  • Travel and accessibility information and details on planning your visit - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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