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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
USIMS members receive discount for dive training and equipment
University of Sydney ranked 16th for Earth & Marine Sciences in 2012
University of Sydney ranked 17th for Earth & Marine Sciences
University of the Sea
Marine Science News - The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science Newsletter


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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.

Click here to download the overview ...


USIMS members receive discount for dive training and equipment

As an affiliate of SIMS (Sydney Institute of Marine Science), USIMS is included in a long term discount offer from Plunge Diving, who are also situated at Chowder Bay.

The offers are:

  • Competitive pricing for all training courses - more information at www.plungediving.com.au or call (02) 9969 5733
  • special offer from Scubapro equipment for 30% off RRP for marine science affiliates of USIMS
  • similar offers for APEKS and AQUALUNG equipment, for 20% of RRP (to be confirmed) - but only with bulk buy (i.e. not a single item so would need to order multiples)

Each purchaser needs his/her email verified as a SIMS affiliate.


University of Sydney ranked 16th for Earth & Marine Sciences

The 2012 QS World University Rankings has placed Sydney
University in 16th place for Natural Sciences: Earth and Marine Sciences, which is one place better than last year (see item below). Geography ranked 24th so the School of Geosciences has done very well!

For more information visit QS Top Universities - Earth Sciences rankings 2012


University of Sydney ranked 17th for Earth & Marine Sciences

The latest rankings from QS World University Rankings have just been published for Physics and Environmental Science. The University of Sydney comes in equal 17th (tied with Yale) for the subject Earth and Marine Sciences.

For more information visit QS Top Universities - Earth Sciences rankings 2011

Download the current Australian Universities Physics and Environmental Sciences ranking table (.pdf):
QS World Universities Rankings - Physics & Environmental Sciences


University of the Sea

The 2009 program for the University of the Sea / Université de la Mer has closed. The University of the Sea is a partnership between the University of Sydney, Intergovernmental ceanographic Commission of UNESCO & many other Universities & research centres in the Australasian & Indo-Pacific region. The University of the Sea is dedicated to building marine science capacity in the Asia Pacific region & aims to bring together senior researchers & young local scholars to address marine science issues of direct interest to their region. For more information, please contact the University of the Sea director .


Marine Science News - The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science Newsletter

The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science publishes a newsletter with contributions from marine scientists and a list of upcoming events. You can find our latest newsletter (One Tree Island Research Station special issue) here. Previous issues can be found in our Archive.

Events

April 10, 2014 - USIMS Meet & Greet evening at the SciTech Library

July 6 - 10, 2014 - 2014 AMSA conference at the National Convetntion Centre, Canberra

July 25 - August 25, 2013 - Applications open for USIMS work experience program

August 31, 2013 - Sydney Uni Open Day!

November 25-29, 2013 - High school work experience week with USIMS


April 10, 2014 - USIMS Meet & Greet night at 5.30pm, SciTech Library

The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) warmly invites you to celebrate the beginning of the 2014 University year with a 'meet and greet' event for USIMS staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students and organisations that coordinate events with USIMS over the year.

Meet and ‘Sea’: We will have several speakers providing information on USIMS Marine Research, fellow scientific and student organisations that students will be interested in joining for support and information/research in regards to their future careers in Marine Science. These include, but not limited to, AMSA, AMOS AND SIMS. You are welcome to ask questions after the individual presentations and to mingle with your fellow Marine Scientists.

Exhibition: The theme for the small, concurrent exhibition is Women in Marine Science and USIMS research (including Sydney Harbour exhibits). This developing exhibition will showcase findings and experiences from USIMS marine research and technology.

Light food and beverages will be provided.

Date: Thursday 10 April, 5.30pm for 6pm
Address: The SciTech Library
Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building, G02
160 City Road
Darlington NSW 2006

RSVP: Thursday 3 April
USIMS Coordinator

Speaker Schedule (to be confirmed):

Dr Tim Stephens - USIMS Deputy Director
Dr Jody Webster - ‘Day in the life as a USIMS scientist' (USIMS Geology)
Dr Will Figueira - AMSA & USIMS Biology
Dr Eleanor Bruce – USIMS Postgraduate Studies
Fiona Johnson - AMOS
Ulysse Bove – SIMS
GeoSoc- TBC
SciSoc- TBC


July 6 -10, 2014 - 2014 AMSA conference at the National Convention Centre, Canberra

We warmly invite you to be part of AMSA2014 in Canberra at the National Convention Centre from 6 - 10 July. This is the 51st annual conference of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA), and the first time the conference has been held in our nation’s capital for several decades.

The theme for AMSA2014 is Investigating our Marine Nation and the conference promises to showcase the latest findings and experiences from Australia’s marine research, management and policy capabilities.

To register: amsaconference.com.au


July 25 - August 25, 2013 - Applications open for USIMS work experience program

Applicants are to apply on the USIMS website! Click here for more information about the High school students work experience program.


August 31, 2013 - Sydney Uni Open Day!

Join us for Open Day & Postgraduate Expo to find out everything you need to know about undergraduate and postgraduate study at Sydney University. Make sure you stop by and say hello at the USIMS booth. To find out more click here ...


November 25-29, 2013 - High school work experience week with USIMS

Year 10 students are invited to gain insight into the day-to-day work of marine scientists in the industry and to learn some hands-on skills in obtaining samples and analysing research findings.