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Dear CIE HDR students,
An important part of the annual CIE conference is to seek out and acknowledge your fantastic research efforts. So If you have a recent research output, please send it through for consideration in one of our Best CIE HDR Research Award categories.
1. Best reviewed research paper (a manuscript that has undergone part, or all of the external peer review process).
2. Best unreviewed research paper (a pre-submitted, or submitted manuscript, lacking any input from peer-review feedback)
3. Best CIE HDR award for science outreach:
Here we are looking for great examples of how you are translating and communicating your science for the benefit of the broader community and ideally having an impact beyond the ivory towers of academia! I am leaving this vague in its interpretation to allow for the broadest consideration of your research outreach efforts (e.g. an account of how your science helped Nuns in Mexico sustainably harvest endangered salamanders to make cough syrup, or it could be a blog or some other form of popular science communication ).
If you would like to enter, please send me a brief email, using no more than 200 words to describe your science outreach efforts.
If these do not appeal, and because many of you will be presenting at the upcoming CIE conference then you automatically qualify for the:
4. Best Presentation Awards:
The CIE will also be giving out awards the for best female and best male HDR candidate presentations at the conference.
The winner of each category:
Will be awarded a voucher and certificate.
We look forward to receiving many entries and learning about your great research!
In a first for Deakin University, Professor John Endler has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the world’s oldest and arguably most prestigious science academy.
For more information:
We are looking for a PhD candidate keen on studying the combined impact of pollution and infection susceptibility on migrating shorebirds.
The specific hypothesis of the project are that:
1) susceptibility to infections (e.g. avian influenza) will increase in a host due to high exposure to environmental pollution;
2) pollutants modulate the immune system in a specific manner that facilitates infection prevalence and/or disease severity;
3) microRNA profiles can be used as a predictive tool to assess disease outbreaks and severity.
The position is based at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and financed by the Norwegian Research Council and has a special responsibility within the project COAST-IMPACT (August 2020 – July 2023).
The overall aim of COAST-IMPACT is to study the impact of pollution in the coastal wetlands of East Asia by assessing the biodiversity of littoral macroinvertebrates, and the resulting impact of food availability, pollution and infection in migrating shorebirds along the East Asian Australian Flyway using these wetlands.
The field component of this PhD project will be linked to the ongoing large-scale study of migrating shorebirds in Australia (Melbourne in Victoria, and Broome in Western Australia).
Secondly, the lab component of the project will elucidate the mechanisms driving pollutant-induced immunomodulation that relate to increased infection susceptibility in the host (targeting microRNAs and inflammation markers).
Lastly, the obtained data will be used to develop diagnostic biomarkers to assess infection and exposure that will allow to improve disease outbreak predictions for the future.
For those who were unable to connect during live broadcasting of this seminar, you may now find the recording at the CIE’s YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe to our channel) or simply follow these direct links to seminar’s content:
Seminar was presented by Alfred Deakin Professor Marcel Klaassen from the Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Geelong.
A follow-up talk by Marcel was given to the CIE-Geelong discussion group on the epidemiology of COVID-19. You can now watch the recording of this talk:
Then you should consider taking SLE 354 in T2-2020. More information below (make sure to watch the Welcome to SLE 354 video):
Avoiding and fighting disease is an important aspect of our life and that of most other organisms. Often the pathogens that cause these diseases are microorganisms and invertebrate parasites that try and use other organisms (i.e. hosts) to their benefit. This unit will provide a deep understanding of the processes underlying the evolution and ecology of host-pathogen interactions and how these affect animal populations and communities and even ecosystems.
Notably in the face of various global change processes, creating sub-optimal conditions for many animals and making them, and the populations, communities and ecosystems of which they form part, more vulnerable to disease, this unit is of great importance to the broad community of animal ecologists. At the same time this unit is also of interest to students of wildlife conservation and management and the (bio-) medical sciences wanting to develop a deeper understanding of why pathogens are around and why they behave the way they do; knowledge of fundamental importance when managing wildlife and endeavouring fighting infectious diseases.
During T2-2020 this unit will be delivered entirely online, using video recordings, web-based presentations, tutorials and (computer) pracs. Group assignments will involve the production and delivery of online powerpoint presentations and a scientific report centred around your self-selected COVID-19 or other (wildlife) disease research project.
A prerequisite for following this unit is general knowledge of animal life and research methods/statistics. As your unit chair, I trust you will find this unit both intellectually stimulating and relevant to your studies in your current course and your future directions as a Deakin graduate.
Hi Researchers of the CIE
We would like to invite you to consider this opportunity for you to share your research with wider audiences. Impact and community engagement are what we are encouraged to consider more and more as academics at Deakin… participating in this project will do both for you.
We invite researchers (at any stage) to join us as we present a public symposium about Integrative Ecology. The symposium date is the 11th April at Deakin Downtown. There will be 5 research presentations across the morning session. Then the public part of the day concludes and lunch will be served to you and the teachers who have offered to stay the full day to continue working. This work will involve designing and developing teaching and learning sequences for lower secondary science students (years 7 – 10). We hope that you will stay for the afternoon session to support this process.
A team of Community Science Project students will be supporting this project. These students will be in touch with you and will facilitate collecting the necessary information prior to the 11th April. This information may include:
We will also need you to review the final web-based materials once they are generated – towards the end of May.
The process has been designed to be thorough – but not time consuming or onerous for you.
We have successfully worked with several Deakin Scientist previously – check out our materials
Please contact me if you have any questions.
If you would like to be part of this initiative and raise your project’s profile, can you please send an EOI to Peta White by Friday 1st March 2019?
Peta White (PhD)
Lecturer in Science and Environmental Education
Bachelor of Science/MTeach D304 Course Director
We are seeking a highly-motivated PhD student to join our DeakinSeaweed research group and Blue Carbon Labfor a project examining the carbon sequestration potential of seaweeds supervised by Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof. Peter Macreadie and Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett. The project will combine advanced analytical chemistry, seascape ecology, modelling, and environmental microbiology to develop novel biomarkers to search for seaweed carbon within marine sediments, uptake and retention rates of seaweed carbon within marine sediments, and model seaweed carbon export from Australian coasts. The research will help fulfil an important gap in our understanding of the contribution of seaweeds to global blue carbon sequestration.
You must be competitive for a PhD scholarship at Deakin University (currently valued at approximately AU$26,682 per annum) and apply in the upcoming scholarship round (due Thursday 15 March, 2018). In addition to the PhD stipend, you will be supported with up to $11,200 base-level…
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This month at the Conservation Science Lab we’ve started a new initiative! We are doing a ‘member spotlight’, and in this post we’ll be highlighting the achievements of one of our PhD students, Jess Rowland. Jess is into the second year of her PhD, and her outstanding work over the past few years is culminating in some well-deserved recognition.
Prior to starting her PhD, Jess completed a Master of Science at the University of Melbourne. Her research aimed to increase our understanding of the thermal properties of nest-boxes compared to tree-hollows to improve conservation-management efforts for our native wildlife under a rapidly changing climate.
Jess has achieved excellent impact with this research, with her paper on this research, ‘Comparing the thermal suitability of nest-boxes and tree-hollows for conservation-management of arboreal marsupials’ inspiring a feature post on science communication blog Sandpaw, and winning Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Best Student…
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We were thrilled to learn last week that CIE members were awarded not one, not two, but THREE Discovery Project grants from the Australian Research Council.
We wish a huge congratulations to Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Mylene Mariette, Dr Euan Ritchie and their collaborators on their success. Below is a summary of the three projects that will be hosted by the Centre for Integrative Ecology. Prof John Endler is also an investigator on a UQ-led project titled ‘Unravelling reef fish vision through gene-editing and behavioural ecology’. These prestigious grants are hard-won, with this year’s success rate being just 18.9%.
Leader of the pack: social structure and predator management
Genomic diversity, tolerance and ecology of wildlife disease
Revisiting the ontogeny of vocal learning in birds: from neuron to fitness
SPEAKER: Dr Ben Phillips, ARC Future Fellow, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne
DATE: Friday, 18th August 2017
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds- room ka4.207
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ABSTRACT: This is a homily to the role of space in evolution, in three parts. First I will look at expanding range edges and use the cane toad system to explore the evolutionary implications of range advance. Second, I will look at geographic variation in a much more stable system. Using data from climate-relevant traits of a rainforest lizard, I will argue that we can use spatial reasoning to identify when geographic variation is caused by local adaptation (as opposed to plasticity). Finally, I will head back to the toad system to float an adventurous idea for how we might use evolution to stop their invasion.
BIO: Ben Phillips spent most of the last 12 years working across northern Australia on a range of evolutionary and ecological questions. Ben has worked on toads, snakes, mammals, beetles, and even simulated organisms. He is particularly interested in how spatial processes change evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Ben is an ARC Future Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the School of BioSciences.
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