2019 Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference: Wetlands of the Future


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2019 AMSN Conference: Wetlands of the Future Focus Meeting of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association

Registration for AMSN 2019 is essential and will remain open throughout the event. Abstract submission for this event is now closed. Hosted in Melbourne, Victoria over three days, AMSN 2019 offers catered formal and informal events including plenary talks, student prizes, oral and poster presentation sessions, as well as a conference dinner and field trip. Students are strongly encouraged to attend. Please note, AMSN membership is encouraged, but not required for registration.

When: Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 June 2019

Where: Rm G60, 9 Rainforest Walk, Monash University, Clayton Campus + Conference Field Trip 20th June (Corner Inlet)

Cost: Please see registration price items (top right).

Note: only a limited number of Conference Dinner registrations are available - register now to secure your seat.

Event Schedule

DAY 1 - Tues 18th June

9:00 - 11:10

Session 1: Blue Carbon

Speaker (* Student)



Ruth Reef


Plenary 1: Are we underestimating Blue Carbon sequestration rates?

Isaac R. Santos


Accommodation space controls coastal wetland adaptation to sea-level rise and carbon storage

Kerrylee Rogers


Modelling future sea level and human impacts on coastal wetlands and their carbon sequestration capacity

Jose Rodriguez


It’s time to stop playing in the mud – tidal carbon exchange is where blue carbon science needs to focus

Damien Maher


Quantifying the vulnerability of blue carbon in temperate wetlands to becoming a source of atmospheric CO2

*Christina Asanopoulos


Thirty-year repeat measures of mangrove above- and below-ground biomass reveals unexpectedly high carbon


Neil Saintilan

11:10 -


Morning Tea

11:35 - 12:50

Session 2: Blue Carbon (cont.)


Microbial decomposition in Australian wetland ecosystems

Stacey Trevathan-Tackett


The potential contribution of Indonesia Papua mangroves blue carbon to national emission reduction targets

*Sigit Sasmito


Rehabilitating mangroves and their carbon sequestration capacity

Paul Carnell


Quantum and distribution of Blue Carbon stocks of Tasmanian coastal saltmarshes

*John Aalders


Considerations for the use of stable isotope analysis in coastal carbon studies

Jeff Kelleway

12:50 -



13:30 - 14:45

Session 3: Dieback and Biogeography


Ongoing threats, damaging processes and longer term consequences associated with the 2015 dieback of

mangroves in northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria

Norman Duke


Baseline for monitoring mangrove dieback trajectory in the Gulf of Carpentaria

Arnon Accad


Assessing the distribution and drivers of mangrove dieback in Kakadu National Park, northern Australia

Emma Asbridge


March of the mangroves: drivers of encroachment into southern temperate saltmarsh

*Ashley Whitt


Planning for the future, Derwent Estuary saltmarsh management

Inger Visby

14:45 -


Break + session 4: posters

15:45 - 17:30

Session 5: Fisheries and Society


Fish use of vegetated saltmarsh flats – gaps, methods and opportunities

*Violet Harrison-Day


The key role of saltmarsh in supporting fishery food webs in central Queensland

*Kristin Jinks


Stable isotopes indicate significant saltmarsh provisioning for two commercially important penaied species in

a temperate NSW estuary

Tim Smith


Utilisation of a recovering wetland by a commercially important species of penaeid shrimp

Troy Gaston


Should environmental scientists engage in public advocacy to help conserve coastal wetlands?

Paul Boon


Communities of practice- the new buzzword

Simon Rowe

17:15 -


Networking Session

DAY 2 - Wed 19th Jun

9:00 - 11:00

Session 6: Restoration


Plenary 2: Threats, opportunities and challenges for coastal wetland conservation

Catherine Lovelock


Experimental saltmarsh restoration in the Hunter River: vegetation findings two years on

*Caleb Rankin


Saltmarsh renovation in the highly urbanised Georges River Estuary

David Reid


Integrating the ecosystem services paradigm into environmental law: a mechanism to protect wetlands?

Justine Bell-James


Investigating the social-ecological trade-offs between removing and preserving mangroves in Aotearoa, New


*Amrit Dencer-Brown


Valuing mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems

Peter Macreadie

11:00 -


Morning Tea

11:20 - 13:20

Session 7: Physical Environments


Hydrodynamic and biophysical forcings of sediment deposition in marshes

Ruth Reef


Wetland zonation and inundation regimes in microtidal estuaries

Michael Hughes


A field study on wave attenuation by coastal wetlands in Victoria

*Jaya Kelvin


A thousand years in the making: old grey mangroves in Moreton Bay

Ralph Dowling


The role of saltmarshes to improve economic, social and environmental outcomes in a prawn fishery

Ian Cresswell


Inventory and planning overlays for conserving current and future coastal saltmarshes: a Tasmanian case


Vishnu Prahalad


Coastal wetlands to mitigate nitrogen pollution in the Great Barrier Reef catchments

Fernanda Adame

13:20 -



14:00 - 15:00

AMSN General Meeting

Norm Duke

15:00 - 16:00

Break + Poster Session (student award deliberation)

16:00 - 16:30

Awards and Closing Comments

Ruth Reef

18:30 - 10:30

Conference Dinner


DAY 3 - Thurs 20th June

Field Trip

Corner Inlet


Meet at Monash University, Clayton


Return to Monash University, Clayton

Information for Presenters

Please note your session day and time in the above schedule, and provide your hardcopy poster or electronic presentation to AMSN staff at least 30 minutes prior to your session.

Abstract submission is now closed.

Please follow the guidelines for abstract preparation as indicated in the attached template. All abstracts are subject to acceptance and minor editing (grammar, formatting, etc.) at the discretion of event organisers. Download Abstract Template

Information for Students

Students may register at a reduced cost. Please register using your current student email account and submit a copy of your valid student identification card to AMSN.Conference2019@gmail.com. Prizes will be awarded for Best Student Presentation in both poster and oral presentation categories (Note: presentations to be judged on a strictly opt-in basis. To be in the running, please submit your preference with your abstract).

Further Information

Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network is an independent network for organisations and individuals concerned with mangrove and saltmarsh tidal wetlands, particularly around Australia. The network hosts a diverse and growing membership; including those involved in policy and legislature around wetland management, environmental consultants, professional researchers, industry officers, and community representatives. AMSN 2019: Wetlands of the Future offers an ideal opportunity to broaden your coastal wetland, estuarine and environmental sciences network.

The AMSN 2019 conference theme ‘Wetlands of the Future’ directs our focus to the response of wetlands to global change, the continuing heavy losses of wetlands globally, and recent conservation and restoration efforts. We also address the significant role wetlands play in the mitigation of climate change and sea level rise impacts, such as through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and through coastal defence. We strive to understand and address the extensive environmental and economic costs caused by wetland loss and the complex issues faced by conservation and rehabilitation efforts across an array of coastal wetland settings. Through exploring new practices and frontier research around the characterisation, development and management of coastal wetlands, we can better understand the role of these globally important and uniquely beautiful environments.


There are many hotels, motels, hostels and AirBnB house stay options available throughout the Melbourne CBD and eastern suburbs. We encourage you to search around online to find an arrangement that best suits your personal needs.

Guests of Monash University may find it convenient to stay at the university's guest house, Gryphon House:
or at the nearby Campus or Quest accommodation: http://www.campusclayton.com/ https://www.questapartments.com.au/properties/vic/notting-hill/quest-notting-hill/hotel-rooms#147092

Getting to Monash Uni Clayton

  • For full details on getting to and around campus please visit https://www.monash.edu/people/transport-parking
  • Taxis leave from a ranks at Melbourne Airport, costing ~$120 for a fare to Monash University's Clayton Campus. Please note rates are highly variable depending time of travel and subject to traffic conditions. 
  • The Sky Bus runs from multiple locations at Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's CBD. Sky Bus tickets can be purchased at the time of travel (look for the red ticketbox outside the front of your terminal), and are available for a lower cost if pre-purchased online https://www.skybus.com.au/melbourne-city-express/fares/
  • From Southern Cross Station the Cranbourne/Pakenham line (Platform 10) train runs to Huntingdale Station. 
  • From Flinders Street Station the Cranbourne/Pakenham/Westall line (Platforms 6 and 7) train runs to Huntingdale Station.
  • The 601 shuttle bus service operates between Monash University and Huntingdale Station every 4 minutes and it is the best way to access the campus via public transport. Please note that the use of public transport within the Melbourne Metro service network requires a Myki card. Myki cards can be purchased at all train stations for $6. See https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki for more information and to use Public Transport Victoria's 'Journey Planner' app.

For further information, or if you have any questions at all please contact the organising committee at AMSN.Conference2019@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne!

This event is proudly hosted by Monash University’s School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment on behalf of the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network, and is an official Focus Meeting of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association


More Information
Contact Name Conference Secretariat
Contact Email AMSN.Conference2019@gmail.com