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USIMS provides one of the 200 "Great Ideas" for the 3 Bays Precinct redevelopment
USIMS affiliate Shawna Foo (Byrne Lab) has been awarded the 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship!
USIMS Director Elaine Baker named as one of the "100 Women Of Influence" 2015
USIMS welcomes two new staff members
New Marine Geoscience Undergraduate Advisor - Dr Samantha Clark
USIMS Deputy Director Professor Tim Stephens features on The Project
USIMS Director Prof Elaine Baker and fellow USIMS and Geoscience staff members tour the RV Investigator
Professor Maria Byrne wins the 2015 AMSA Jubilee Award for Excellence
Assoc Prof Tim Stephens conducts mock case on marine issues as part of the IUCN World Parks Congress
USIMS Deputy Director Dr Tim Stephens wins coveted ARC Future Fellowship
Research and Collaboration between Australian Universities: USIMS East to West!
New USIMS Deputy Director appointed
Ph.D. student earns People's Choice at Bommy Awards
Edwina Tanner completes first stage of ongoing sustainable fishing project

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3 Bays Precinct

USIMS provides one of the 200 "Great Ideas" for the 3 Bays Precinct redevelopment

A submission put together by members of the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science was competitively selected from more than 200 ‘great ideas’ submitted from around the world to inform the Urban Growth NSW Transformation plan for the multibillion dollar urban redevelopment of three of Sydney Harbour Bays. These are Blackwattle Bay, Roselle Bay and White Bay.

The proposal "Marine ecological restoration through urban development”, is to make use of hydrodynamic and ecosystem models of the harbour (developed for the Sydney Harbour Observatory) to identify the greatest risks to water quality in the three bays and evaluate the most effective ways to improve the water quality and increase marine biodiversity. These methods include incorporating novel water quality improvement aspects in the design and concept phase, such as artificial wetlands, underground storm water filtration units, increased flushing, or in situ sediment remediation.

The team's idea is highlighted in the great ideas competition report, as one of the winning ideas, and is built on many years of investigation of Sydney Harbour by the University of Sydney. The team included Professors Ian Jones, Gavin Birch, and Phil Mulhearn, as well as PhD candidates, Daniel Harrison and Edwina Tanner. Congratulations Team!

Read more about the transformation plan here ...


Shawna Foo

USIMS affiliate Shawna Foo (Byrne Lab) has been awarded the 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to USIMS affiliate Shawna Foo (Byrne Lab) who has added the 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship to the long list of awards she has received for her research.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships funded by the Australian Government that support citizens around the world to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas.

Applications for the 2017 round are expected to open in April 2016. Please check the Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowships website closer to April 2016 for further information.

Research in the Byrne Laboratory investigates the biology and evolution of marine and freshwater invertebrates with a focus on the Echinodermata and the Mollusca: Click here for more ...


Elaine Baker named as a Woman Of Influence 2015!

Congratulations to USIMS director Professor Elaine Baker for making the Australian Financial Review/Westpac "100 Women Of Influence" Awards for 2015.

As Geosciences Pro-Dean Tom Hubble says:

"This is a well-deserved recognition of all the work she has done in championing the rights of the Pacific and African nations under the Law of the Sea Conventions and establishing their rights to exclusive maritime economic zones amongst many other successful endeavours."

Good on you Elaine!

Go to the AFR site to find out more ...


USIMS welcomes two new staff members

Dr Mitchell Bryson

Mitch is a post-doctorate research fellow and lecturer at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney where he is involved in a number of research areas including:
— robotic navigation and mapping systems/algorithms
— picture compilation and perception in unstructured terrestrial/underwater environments using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

www-personal.acfr.usyd.edu.au/m.bryson/

Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska

PhD in Ecology; BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology;
Loxton Bequest Research Fellow in Nutritional Ecology;
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Charles Perkins Centre
School of Biological Sciences

Gabriel is working in the area of nutritional and sensory ecology of marine and terrestrial animals. His current research aims to understand the effects of nutrient balance on the behaviour, physiology, life history and fitness of animals.

sydney.edu.au/vetscience/about/staff/profiles/g.machovsky


Dr Samantha Clarke

New Marine Geoscience Undergraduate Advisor - Dr Samantha Clark

Samantha Clarke is an associate lecturer and marine geologist in the Geocoastal Research Group (GRG) within the School of Geosciences. Samantha’s primary research focuses on the study of submarine landslides in the offshore marine zone and riverbank morphology and collapse. Of particular interest to Samantha is the geology and geotechnical characteristics of Australia’s eastern continental margin and the newly identified submarine landslides present in this region.

Samantha's interests also extend to the processes and geomorphology of river systems as well as coastal hazards such as tsunami. Samantha has experience in marine processes, engineering geology, submarine mass movements and their consequences, offshore and riverine geomorphology, coastal hazards, riverbank collapse and management, tsunami modelling, slope stability modelling, core logging, bathymetric and seismic data processing and analysis, and GIS/spatial analysis.

You can find more information about Samantha and her research using the links below:
www.geosci.usyd.edu.au/people/pg_clarke.shtml
sydney.edu.au/science/people/samantha.clarke.php]
www.researchgate.net/profile/Samantha_Clarke2
Geocoastal Research Group: http://grgusyd.org/people/samantha-clarke

For marine geoscience undergraduate advice:
Madsen Building (F09), Room 438
Phone: +61 2 9351 2056
Fax: +61 2 9351 2442
Email:


USIMS Deputy Director Professor Tim Stephens features on The Project

USIMS Deputy Director Professor Tim Stephens featured on The Project (Channel 10 - June 3 2015) commenting on the health and importance of the Great Barrier Reef in relation to the UN's World Heritage Committee recent appraisal of its endangered status.

Check out the video here.


USIMS Director Prof Elaine Baker and fellow USIMS and Geoscience staff members tour the RV Investigator

Geosciences staff members Assoc Prof Tom Hubble, Dr Maria Seton, Dr Simon Williams, Prof Sally Andrews, Prof Elaine Baker, Prof Phil McManus, Dr David Dall, Assoc Prof Jody Webster, Assoc Prof Jock Keene and Dr Samantha Clarke took part in a group tour on board the Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator on 14th May 2015.

The RV Invetigator docked in Sydney May 2015

The RV Invetigator docked in Sydney May 2015

The Investigator is a 93.9 metre purpose-built research vessel, capable of travelling 10,800 nautical miles in a single voyage, carrying up to 40 scientists and support staff, from the equator to the Antarctic ice-edge. The $120 million ship was completed in 2014, and will support atmospheric, oceanographic, biological and geoscience research. The Marine National Facility operates an annual financial year schedule from July to June.

From left to right: Prof Jock Keene,Dr Maria Seton, Prof Phil McManus, Prof Elaine Baker, Assoc Prof

From left to right: Prof Jock Keene,Dr Maria Seton, Prof Phil McManus, Prof Elaine Baker, Assoc Prof Tom Hubble, Dr Samantha Clarke, Dr David Dall and Prof Sally Andrews


Professor Maria Byrne wins the 2015 AMSA Jubilee Award for Excellence

Quoted from the AMSA conference website:

"First awarded in AMSAs Silver Jubilee Year (1988) our professional award recognizes excellence in marine research and is presented to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia.

This year our worthy and distinguished winner is Professor Maria Byrne from the University of Sydney who has undertaken pioneering research in several fields and amassed a significant body of peer reviewed scientific literature that continues to rise annually, with over 4000 citations from 250 refereed papers and other publications. Most significantly Prof. Byrne’s studies of larval ecologies of marine invertebrates (in particular sea stars and their relations) has led to discovery of new species and has shown that these species are highly responsive to environmental change (especially climate change) and can evolve rapidly. Prof Byrne has also shown ongoing grace and integrity across science advocacy and is the mentor and supervisor of multiple generations of graduate students."

AMSA 2015 Award winners

Congratulations Maria!


Assoc Prof Tim Stephens conducts mock case on marine issues as part of the IUCN World Parks Congress

As part of the World Parks Congress being held at Sydney Olympic Park in November 2014 the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) conducted a mock case on marine issues as part of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme series of Congress events. It was held at the Dome Theatrette (The Dome, Sydney Olympic Park). Based on a hypothetical request for an Advisory Opinion from the ICJ, the case examined the legal and scientific issues concerning the protection of the world’s most iconic reefs from human-induced climate change and ocean acidification.

Thank you to all those involved making this event possible including Justice Nicola Pain (NSW Land and Environment Court), Justice Rachel Pepper (NSW Land and Environment Court) and Associate Professor Tim Stephens (Sydney Law School); senior students from the Sydney Law School (Elizabeth Pearson, Eric Shi and John Tsaousidis); and Dr Paul Marshall (University of Queensland), a leading expert in applied conservation science and a specialist on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs.

This event was proudly presented by: the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney Institute for Marine Science (USIMS), the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN World Commission for Protected Areas - Marine Specialist Group. The ACT Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Environment and Planning Law Group supported the event.

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USIMS Deputy Director Assoc Prof Tim Stephens wins coveted ARC Future Fellowship

Dr Tim Stephens, Associate Professor of Law and USIMS Deputy Director has earned a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.

The project aims to examine how international law deals with environmental systems in the Anthropocene: the current geological epoch defined by human interference with Earth's biophysical systems. It will assess whether and how international law takes a systemic approach in controlling human impacts upon key environmental spheres (in particular the atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere). The project also aims to assess whether environmental regimes are capable of further development to ensure the continued existence of a safe operating space for humanity.

Read more here ...


Research and Collaboration between Australian Universities: USIMS East to West!

Edwina Tanner is a physical oceanographer in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. She is doing her PhD, looking at the carbon budget of the Sydney Harbour, collaborating with the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research at Southern Cross University.

She attended Dr Clelia Luisa Marti's talk at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) and was very impressed with University of Western Australia's Centre for Water Research software (ELCOM-CAEDYM). She noted that the ELCOM software couples with CAEDYM, to facilitate carbon cycle studies- something not currently supported by the DSI systems Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code she is currently using.

Edwina will be visiting University of Western Australia and its Centre for Water Research throughout the year and will be running some modelling studies on the Sydney Harbour using their software.


New USIMS Deputy Director appointed

March 2014 - USIMS has appointed Dr Tim Stephens as Deputy Director.

Dr Tim Stephens, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, is an international lawyer and human geographer. He has published widely on issues of public international law, national and international environmental law and the law of the sea. He is Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) of Sydney Law School and Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law.

Dr Stephens supervises postgraduate research and undergraduate honours students across a range of fields of public international law, particularly the law of the sea and international environmental law.

He was recently appointed to the List of Experts in the Field of Fisheries for the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation on the nomination of the Australian Government. Under the SPRFMO, member States may nominate experts, ‘whose competence in the legal, scientific or technical aspects of fisheries covered by [the] convention is established and generally recognised’, to serve on Review Panels to assess objections by member States to Commission decisions.


Ph.D. student earns People's Choice at Bommy Awards

Usyd Ph.D. student Kennedy Wolfe (supervisor Maria Byrne) voted winner of 2013 Bommies People's Choice Award.

Kennedy Wolfe received 1,373 Facebook Likes for his entry titled ‘Probing Sea Cucumbers for the Answers to Climate Change’ to win the 2013 People’s Choice Bommies Award. Kennedy’s winning video entry is an entertaining explanation of his study into the ecological role of Sea Cucumbers on the Reef. To watch Kennedy’s video click here.

To view the other winning films and to stay update for 2014 Bommies Award click here.

Learn more about the Bommies here.


Edwina Tanner completes first stage of ongoing sustainable fishing project

During December 2013 students from the University of Sydney participated in an International Student Volunteer (ISV) Project in San Juanillo, Costa Rica . This was the first stage of a sustainable fisheries project with the International Student Volunteers (ISV) that was completed from December 3rd to 16th 2013. The ISV team consisted of 9 Australian student volunteers along with the ISV project leaders Esteban Rojas and Wagner Quiros, working with scientists Edwina Tanner and Ryan Liddell from the University of Sydney and local scientist Fernando Campos from University National Costa Rica. The aim of the group’s investigations was to determine the current status of the fisheries and coral reefs in the region whilst implementing the first phases of a two year research and development project designed to improve conditions in the community.

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