We’ve just received a large, multi-year grant, led by Professor Simon George, to launch and lead the Macquarie University Marine Research Centre. This is an exciting new initiative to bring together diverse researchers from across multiple departments within Macquarie, as well as from other universities and research organisations, to address important, cross-disciplinary marine research questions. One of the unique things about our new centre is a strong emphasis on mentoring and fostering collaboration with early-career researchers (ECRs). We’re looking forward to seeing where it goes in the coming years!
Grazing halos surrounding patch reefs in the lagoon of Heron Island, part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Elizabeth and colleagues Dr. Trisha Atwood (lead investigator; University of Queensland/University of Technology Sydney), Dr. Alastair Harbourne (University of Queensland) and Dr. Pete Macreadie (University of Technology Sydney/Deakin University) have just been awarded a seed grant from the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute to study how predators may be indirectly affecting blue carbon storage in grazing halos. This group, along with collaborators from Google and ConservationDrones.org, will be heading to Heron Island in Nov. 2014 to start work on this project.
Surf break in Ventura. Photo: Dylan Gordon.
Elizabeth was awarded a travel grant to attend the first Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions in Ventura, California in January 2014.