Sydney workshop on coral reefs, technology, and conservation

We’ve just finished up a really fun and productive workshop that brought some great minds in marine science – Emily Darling and Marah Hardt – to Sydney to think about how emerging technologies can be best harnessed for coral reef conservation. During the workshop, we also ran a half-day masterclass for grad students, postdocs and faculty from all areas of science on “Making your science matter: Linking science with action to improve the world”. Prof. Lesley Hughes co-taught the class and added a unique perspective from her years of experience in international conservation and science communication. The workshop and masterclass were both generously funded by Macquarie University’s Research Enrichment Program and we had the pleasure of working on the water’s edge at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. There’s nothing like a beautiful view to inspire productivity!

Successful grant to launch Macquarie University Marine Research Centre!

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!


Ph.D. fellowships at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia

We have a number of international Ph.D. fellowships at Macquarie (details below). Potential candidates interested in proposing Ph.D. projects related to marine conservation and ecology can contact Elizabeth Madin.

Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia will have 30 iMQRES (for international) and 20 MQRES (for domestic) fellowships available to new commencing PhD candidates only. These candidates must meet our direct PhD admission and scholarship criteria and are able to commence no later than 15 December 2015! International candidates must submit their applications before 30 September 2015. Successful candidates must commence by 15 December 2015. Domestic candidates must submit their applications before 31 October 2015.

These scholarships will be made to the first approved 30 international and 20 domestic PhD offers. Once all scholarships have been allocated there will be no further 2015 general scholarships available.

Value and tenure: The iMQRES covers international tuition fees for up to a maximum of three years for a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). In addition to the tuition fees covered under the MQRES program, Macquarie University offers international awardees a matching living allowance stipend for up to a maximum of three years for a full-time PhD, valued at $25,849 per annum tax exempt (2015 rate) paid as a fortnightly stipend.

Successful Global Change Institute grant…well done, Trisha!

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, will be heading to Heron Island in Nov. 2014 to start work on this project.