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Associate Professor Sean Connell presents the topic ‘Policy responses to a drying climate may save Adelaide's kelp forests’. Sean’s seminar is based on 10 years of experimental analyses of observations derived from the natural history of temperate Australian kelp forests. Theory-centric observations can hamper science and he happily admits where his prior biases have caused mistaken starts. Sean argues that if such bias of theory-centric science can be recognised as a possible model, its correctness can be investigated. Sean notes that a modern bias is our culture for alarming news of ecosystem change, he sees it as playing an increasing role in ecology; in not only what is funded and published, but also in how data is acquired and interpreted. Sean indicates that less research seems constructed to survive beyond short-term headlines. He passionately advocates that if we can recognise the theory-laden traps that seek to account for the will-o'-the-wisp, we may return value to research programs that are less about chasing ambulances and wild geese.