November 2016

There are loads of congratulations this month!

Congratulations to Dr Tom Barnes who has got a position at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart. Tom commenced the position working on Antarctic toothfish during October.

Also, congrats to Matt McMillan who has just published his first research paper. This was from his Honours research and involved an analysis of vertebral chemistry of a deep-sea shark to assess stock structure – it is published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science (doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw176).

Bronwyn Gillanders won the 2016 Winnovation award in the Regional Rural Remote category for leading a multi-disciplinary team that developed tools to understand the cumulative impacts of development in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf.

Mandy Shao has submitted her Hons thesis. Her thesis investigated calcium and strontium isotope constraints on water mixing, carbonate fluxes and fish migration in the Coorong Lagoon, South Australia. She was supervised by Juraj Farkaš (School of Physical Sciences) and Bronwyn Gillanders (School of Biological Sciences). Well done Mandy!

Babette Hoggakker, a NERC Fellow at the University of Oxford visited the lab for four days during October. Babette meet with researchers and also gave a seminar as part of the Sprigg Geobiology series titled “New methods to assess ocean oxygenation in the past; examples from the Atlantic and Southern oceans”. Bronwyn and Babette are collaborating on a project using otoliths from sediment cores to investigate hypoxia.

Max McQuillan, a second year BSc (Advanced) student in the lab, gave his seminar on mangroves and blue carbon.

Associate Professor Zhenjiang Ye from the Ocean University of China arrived in Australia in late October for a year’s sabbatical in the Gillanders Aquatic Ecology Laboratory. We wish him all the best for a successful year in Australia.