UQ Researcher Elisa Bayraktarov talks about her climate change experiment.
UQ Researcher Elisa Bayraktarov talks about her climate change experiment.

More than 200 guests at the Heron Island Resort had an up close and personal research experience at The University of Queensland’s Heron Island Research Station Open Day on September 23.

Station Manager Dr Elizabeth Perkins praised the Station’s staff, and the University’s research partners, who pulled out all the stops to make the day enjoyable for guests at UQ’s world-class teaching and research facility on the Great Barrier Reef.

“The annual Heron Island Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the station,” she said.

“Guests were able to interact with researchers, learn more about this incredible reef habitat and see how to be involved in its conservation through citizen science.

“This year we also launched our Instagram presence, so we invite UQ staff, students, alumni, community groups, research partners and members of the public to follow us in order to view our facility and activities throughout the year.”

Dr Perkins said highlights of the day included seminars by researchers from the UQ Coral Reef Ecosystem Laboratory, hands-on touch tanks with corals and other marine creatures, and hands-on microscope displays to see the finer details of reef life.

“Mad Science outreach activities were a big hit with the kids and included sherbet making, dry ice bubble experiments and bubble print making,” she said.

The Open Day included displays from CoralWatch, Reef Check, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Eye on the Reef.

There was also a sausage sizzle and a reef walk to learn about CoralWatch and collect data to monitor coral health.

Dr Perkins said staff were looking forward to next year’s event, with planning already in the works.

To find out more about Heron Island Research Station, follow it on Instagram or visit the Heron Island Research Station website.

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