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Next meeting:
Monday 11th July 2016

Climate Change and Rocky Coasts
By Sue Hull


With current environmental climate models predicting increased temperatures, sea level rise and disturbance events we can look to these areas to determine if we can detect ecological changes occurring in community structure, distribution of species and their breeding biology. In such a dynamic, ever-changing environment predicting what changes will occur is difficult, and here we explore the ecology of such areas and whether or not there is any evidence of changes on our shores due to both anthropogenic and climate related effects.



Dr Sue Hull is a marine ecology lecturer based at the University of Hull with over 20 years of experience in consultancy and research and a passion for working on rocky shores.  Her research examines the structure and function of rocky shore communities, how organisms engineer their own habitats and how different species adapt to this extreme marine environment.  She is a keen birdwatcher and secretary of the local bird watching group examining how shorebirds use coastal areas.  She is currently involved the nationwide ‘Capturing the Coast’ project, training citizen scientists to monitor rocky shore species throughout the UK hoping to engage others in re-discovering their childhood. By investigating what lives on the beach and compiling UK based data, this will allow us to better understand patterns of change in intertidal communities.


























About Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where people can meet to hear eminent speakers on all things scientific. The events are extremely popular with lively discussion and informative talks. Topics are always relevant, cutting edge and up-to-date. They are often taken from a wider global discussion.

All are welcome. The Café is held at The New Headingley Club on St Michael’s Road.

For information on topics please check back here for updates or for more information see the e-newsletter or the HDT newsletter.

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Monday 13th April 2015
‘The Case for Urgent and Radical Carbon Emission Reductions’
by Maria Sharmina
Tyndall Centre
University of Manchester

Monday 11th May 2015
‘The Science of Geometry and the Art of Optimsation’
by Richard Elwes
University of Leeds

Monday 8th June 2015
‘Microbiological Resistance”
by Chris Randall
Antimicrobial Research Centre
University of Leeds

Monday 13th July 2015
‘How G is Replacing E – Medical Imaging in Preclinical Research’
by Nagitha Wijayathunga
Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
University of Leeds

Monday 14th September 2015
“Mathematics in Art”
by David Knapp

Monday 12th October 2015
“Health Freaks on Trial”
By Martin Bland
Health Sciences
University of York

Monday 2nd November 2015
“Mathematics of Sea Waves”
By Tomasz Salwa and Floriane Gidel
School of Mathematics
University of Leeds

Monday 14th December 2015
“Our Technological Footprint on the Universe
–  in 63 steps”
By Dave Webb

Monday 11th January 2016
“Imaging Positrons Inside the Human Body”
By Charalampos Tsoumpas

Monday 8th February 2016
“From Dark Satanic Mills to DNA: the Scientific Heritage of Leeds and how it Changed the World”
By Kersten Hall

Monday 14th March 2016
“The Worst of Times:
How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions”
By Paul Wignall

Monday 11th April 2016
“Monster Magnets: Stellar Birth Control”
By Sven Van Loo

Monday 9th May 2016
“Ask for Evidence”
By Jessica Taylor

Monday 13th June 2016
“Herding Hemingway’s Cats: how do genes work?”
By Kate Arney

Coming soon:

Monday 11th July 2016
“Climate Change & Rocky Coasts”
By Sue Hull

Monday 12th September 2016
“Suatainable Transport”
By John Whitelegg

Monday 10th October 2016
“Growing Mini-Brains to Help Understand Cancer”
By Ryan Mathew

Monday 14th November 2016
“Neutrino Astronomy”
By Alan Watson


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