Skip to main content

UOWD EnviroTalk explores ‘the cradle of life’

Tuesday, 08 July, 2014

The secrets of the ocean, widely known as ‘the cradle of life’, were the subject of the latest in the series of EnviroTalk debates hosted by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD).  

In an interactive session, UOWD students and staff heard from environmental specialist, Mr Razib Khan, about the richness and complexity of marine ecosystems and how they have evolved over time in the ocean environment.    

With a range of aquatic species on display, the audience got up close with some of the oceans’ most fascinating creatures to identify the unique characteristics they have developed to help them adapt to their living environment. From sharks to rabbitfish, the students examined their anatomy first-hand, revealing the features that they have evolved over time.

The discussion also drew attention to the huge challenges facing marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs, which are the richest of all marine biomes. Mr Khan said, “Currently around 60 per cent of all the world’s coral reefs are under threat. By 2030 we expect that to be 90 per cent and by 2050 it could be close to 100 per cent.”

Highlighting the threats posed by pollution, which causes coral bleaching, and the over-fishing of certain species, Mr Khan said that the impact could have consequences well beyond the damage caused to the oceans’ biodiversity.

Speaking about the wider effects of responsible environmentalism, he said, “There are many economic benefits to effectively preserving marine habitats. Industries such as tourism rely upon the natural environment to attract visitors, particularly in developing parts of the world where it is supporting growth and diversification.”

The debate was part of UOWD’s EnviroTalk series, which was established to provide a platform for discussion on critical topics relevant to both students and the wider community. 

Ms Zeenath Reza Khan, Instructor of Environmental Sciences at UOWD and organiser of the event said, “It’s important that all our students develop an understanding of the environment and the impact we have on it, and moreover, how we can all play a part in preserving natural habitats and mitigating negative effects.

“Taking a hands-on approach to teaching these lessons really helps to instil the message and encourages students to develop their learning beyond the classroom and promote positive actions in their own day-to-day lives.” 


UOWD in the news

Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students at University of Wollongong, 2019

Smartiz Career

University of Wollongong, Dubai  Campus invites applications for the undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship open to international students for 2018/2019 academic session. More…

“Businesses of the Future” Forum Calls for Instilling Culture of Inclusion & Innovation to Bolster Businesses Sustainability Agenda in Technological Revolution Era

MENA Herald

Dr. Al Gurg pointed out that the future of businesses is based on key pillars. More…

New horizons, careers and opportunities for students

Khaleej Times

The fast pace at which the world is changing obviously has its impact on what we need to learn. More…

Popular degree programmes in the UAE

Khaleej Times

Many courses are popular in the UAE due to the scope in the country and the various areas covered within the field. More…

Get to Work This Summer!

Education UAE magazine

Internships are a great way to gain work experience, but how do you get a good summer internship and what are employees looking for?. More…

Dubai Nurses Required to Go Back to School

Education UAE magazine

Dubai Healthy Authority has announced that licenses to practice as a Registered Nurse will only be provided to applicants who have a Bachelor of Nursing degree, effective by 2020. More…

Lock your phones in class and win fee waivers

Gulf Today

A new initiative to encourage students not to use mobile phones in classrooms has been receiving an impressive response. More…

University of Wollongong Dubai launches first model United Nations conference


UOWD hosted its first ever Model United Nations (MUN) conference to discuss current world issues. More…

The Assembly announces winners of 2019 Show & Tech


The Assembly, the region's first Smart Lab-Maker Space and Community Learning Initiative based in Dubai, concluded its second Show & Tech. More…

'Businesses of the Future' forum to discuss innovation & sustainability

Gulf Today

(DBWC) will organise, in collaboration with UOWD and the UN, a forum entitled “Inclusion, Innovation, & Sustainability: Businesses of The Future”. More…

Copyright © 2019 University of Wollongong in Dubai   | Privacy | Disclaimer | Site map

Enquiry Form