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!

Talking to preschoolers about ocean conservation on World Oceans Day 2017

This week I put on my ‘business suit’ and gave a talk to our daughters’ Montessori school on World Oceans Day about the oceans, especially coral reefs, and what we can do to help them. I told them about all the things the oceans do for people, and how, for example, lots of people all around the world depend on coral reefs to feed their families. “Why aren’t we taking care of the corals, then?” one of them asked. A pretty obvious question, but one that isn’t easy to answer. If more people understood the connection between their carbon-producing daily activities (e.g., driving, flying, air conditioning, food choices, etc.), AND the same people had an emotional connection of some sort with reefs, perhaps humanity would collectively be doing a better job of curbing our impacts on coral reefs. Talking to children like this is one way I can make a teensy tiny difference in both of those regards. Hopefully by the time these children are old enough to make their own decisions, saving coral reefs will still be an option.

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.