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Genetically Engineering Coral Reefs

10pm-12am | 06/08

Join Kirsha Kaechele, artist, curator, and “God’s Mistress” of Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), as she applies her philosophy of turning a flaw into a feature, shit into gold, to the pressing problem of invasive species wreaking havoc on ecosystems and environments. Why not transform them into a glamorous feast?

You can taste some invasive species creations at Mona’s Eat the Problem Bar at [email protected], featuring a bevy of bevvies showcasing delicious ways to use introduced species in a range of cocktails inspired by the drinks at Mona’s flagship Eat the Problem Grand Feast. The sumptuous and surreal Eat the Problem cookbook will be available for perusal and purchase. See you there for a camel’s milk and mezcal horchata.

Prof Madeleine van Oppen

Uni Melbourne and Australian Institute of Marine Science

Professor Madeleine van Oppen is an ecological geneticist with an interest in microbial symbioses and climate change adaptation of reef corals. Her work has been published in >180 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Her early career focused on evolutionary and population genetics of algae and fish, and subsequently corals. She obtained a PhD in the molecular ecology of algae in 1995 (U Groningen, Netherlands) and is currently an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow with part positions at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Madeleine is driven by a desire to find biological solutions for mitigating the effects of climate warming that have resulted in a terrifyingly rapid loss of coral around the world.

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