Upcoming Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Symposium

Calling all researchers,

You may be aware that DELWP is holding a ‘Science Symposium’ as part of Science Week this year, which is based on the theme of ‘Discovery!’. The Symposium is being held on Wednesday the 14th August at the RACV City Club in Bourke Street, Melbourne from 10am until 5pm.

Expressions of interest (EOI) are open for Researchers and Agency Research staff to nominate to present their science-based work in a ‘3 minute lightning talk’ session. Presenters may use up to 3 static slides to accompany their presentation, and the work must connect science to a DELWP policy/operational contribution or impact and be linked to the theme of ‘Discovery!’

Please use this link and attached documentation (PDF) to register and submit an EOI (including eligibility and evaluation criteria).

The EOI closes on the 26th July 2019.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for researchers to showcase their work and to connect with fellow researchers and DELWP policy and operational staff.

CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Vision in the ocean: a comparison of animals with and without legs


Dear CIE staff and students in Geelong,

This week’s CIE seminar will be given by ARC Laureate fellow Professor Justin Marshall (details below) and hosted by Professor Andy Bennett.

Justin will be at the Waurn Ponds campus from about 11am on Friday and will be around for lunch and dinner.

You are welcome to attend these meals but please let Natasha Kaukov (natasha.kaukov@deakin.edu.au) know no later than 1500 on Thursday, 18th July so I can book for the right numbers.

If you wish to book an appointment to talk to Justin during the day, then please also contact Natasha.

Friday, 19th July: 1200 noon, Lunch at Natural-1 café, GTP Building, Waurn Ponds campus (note: staff will need to pay for their own lunch).

Friday, 19th July: 1830 Dinner at Real Thai Café, 12/14 Pearl St, Torquay

Friday, 19th July: 2115 onwards, beer at Blackman’s Brewery, 26 Bell Street, Torquay.


SPEAKER: Professor Justin Marshall, ARC Laureate Fellow, Sensory Neurobiology Group, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

DATE: Friday, 19th July 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room).

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl).

ABSTRACT.

Animals that live in aquatic environments face different challenges to those that live on land. First of all, it is wet and that means that optics to focus need to be internalized and not reliant on an air-eyeball interphase.

There are no eagles underwater, or indeed any animal that might need to spot things at a great distance as it is not possible to see beyond a few meters due to the absorption and scatter of light. In fact, the visual world many aquatic species seldom strays outside the range of a large goldfish bowl.

The attenuation of light by water also changes its colour and its polarization content and this talk will focus on these two aspects of difference to terrestrial-world. From animals with 20 channels of information (12 spectral, 6 polarisation and 2 for B&W) to those with 2; fish, crustaceans and cephalopods will be compared for visual capability, colours, camouflage and any other word beginning with C that the audience might like to suggest. Confusion might be one, and indeed there is a fair bit of it to talk about.

BIO.

Much of the work in my laboratory within The Queensland Brain Institute focusses on the marine environment, in particular reef systems and the deep-sea. One label for what we do is neuroscience in the real world; that is, we examine neural function and vision in animal systems that are not the usual model systems. I am more interested in the retinal design of a mantis shrimp than a mouse and the brain design of an octopus than a rat.

As part of this effort I have become acutely aware of man’s influence on both these environments and have run two projects: The Deep Australia Project, and CoralWatch, the world’s largest citizen-science-based coral health assessment program (137 countries, 12 languages) that examine, educate and involve everyone in these very different habitats.

My research efforts fall into six areas:

  1. Vision in stomatopod (mantis shrimp) – the world’s most complex visual system.
  2. Reef fish vision – the evolution and diversity of colour vision.
  3. Cephalopod vision and behaviour – complex visual capability in invertebrates.
  4. The Deep Australia Project – unlocking the sensory systems of the abyss.
  5. Coral Watch – using colour to save the reef.
  6. Bio-inspired sensor design and applications from reef-vision.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Natasha Kaukov (natasha.kaukov@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://coralwatch.org/index.php/about/our-team-and-supporters/.

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt,then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

CIE Seminar Series – 2019: The genomic basis of explosive speciation

SPEAKER: Dr Matthew McGee, Head, Behavioural Studies Research Group, ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

DATE: Friday, 12th July 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room).

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl).

ABSTRACT.

Rates of speciation vary tremendously among evolutionary lineages and our understanding of the factors facilitating the very rapid speciation seen within species flocks remains incomplete.

Here, we examine the extrinsic and intrinsic factors promoting speciation within the cichlid fishes, a tropical freshwater group known for their exceptional diversity.

We analyze cichlids on a macroevolutionary scale using a large complete phylogeny of all described species, as well as a microevolutionary scale using one hundred whole genomes of the Lake Victoria species flock, which has the fastest sustained speciation rate in vertebrates.

BIO.

My lab uses whole genomic sequencing, phylogenetic comparative methods, and functional experiments to study the factors governing speciation, adaptation, and extinction, with an emphasis on fishes.

I received my PhD at the University of California Davis, then did my postdoc with Ole Seehausen at University of Bern.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Larry Croft (l.croft@deakin.edu.au).

For more info: https://www.monash.edu/science/schools/biological-sciences/staff/matt-mcgee.

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt,then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!