Winner of Paris Goodsell Grant in Aid for marine ecology
17 November 2011
Dr Paris Goodsell was a talented, clever and enthusiastic young researcher at the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities in the School of Biological Sciences, working with Professors Underwood and Chapman. She died very suddenly in early July 2011.
In recognising Paris's dedication for working with junior scientists and her love of experimental marine ecology, her mother has generously endowed a Grant in Aid to support the research of students working in marine ecology. The winner will be announced every year on the 17th November as this would correspond with Paris's birthday.
The winner for 2011 is David McElroy. In receiving the grant, Dave says:
"I am extremely grateful to receive this Grant in Aid. Beginning with the Ecological Society of Australia conference in Hobart and then another presentation in Adelaide early next year it opens new opportunities for communicating my work around Australia. I also hope to use the funding in my research as while much of my experimental equipment is recyclable, some things need to be purchased anew and this grant will have made that possible.
"For this project, subtidal settlement plates were used to create sets of largely-similar algal and macro-invertebrate assemblages with a common size, shape and history. The composition of species that are found in an ecosystem is contingent upon everything that has previously occurred in that site and despite this, the effect of these historical contingencies on biodiversity assessment and restoration outcomes remains underexplored. Thus, these settlement plates are currently being used to investigate the effect of alternate history and season on aspects of biological quantification. It is proposed that measuring the way ecological communities change in response to a disturbance will eliminate some of the confounding effects associated with historical contingencies.
"I only ever met Dr. Goodsell a few times, but by all accounts she was a talented and enthusiastic ecologist. I hope I prove a worthy first recipient of this Grant in Aid."
Contact: Carla Avolio
Phone: 02 9351 4543