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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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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.

Click here to download the overview ...



Events

July 11 - 15, 2016 - 4th International Soil Bio- and Eco-Engineering conference

March 17, 2015 - USIMS Meet & Greet 2015

March 1, 2015 - Join USIMS for the 2015 Clean Up Australia Day

November 25, 2014 - Marine Science Careers Information Session

November 20 - 21, 2014 - Wetland Education and Training Workshop

AMSA 2014 conference timetable

November 17 - 21, 2014 - High school work experience week with USIMS

August 30, 2014 - Sydney Uni Open Day!

July 1 - August 29, 2014 - Applications open for USIMS work experience program

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

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


July 11 - 15, 2016 - 4th International Soil Bio- and Eco-Engineering conference

The 2016 symposium is themed "The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability".

As in the preceding conferences, we will bring together scientific researchers, practitioners, geotechnical and civil engineers, biologists, ecologists, geomorphologists and foresters to discuss current problems in slope stability research, and how to address those problems using soil bio- and eco-engineering techniques.

Manuscript abstract submissions are due 1 March 2016.
Poster abstract submissions are due 1 May 2016.

Visit this page for more information.

March 17, 2015 - USIMS Meet & Greet!

Join USIMS at the start of the 2015 academic year for the annual "Meet & Greet" session. Come along and find out what's coming up in the USyd marine science year.

Nibbles and drinks will be provided ...

Date: 17 March, 2015
Time: 4pm
Location: Madsen Conference Room, Rm 449

RSVP to present and attend:

March 1, 2015 - USIMS @ Clean Up Australia Day - Above and Below H20

Join USIMS on March 1st at Silver Beach, Kurnell (Bonna Point Boat Ramp Carpark, Prince Charles Parade). There'll be litter collection along the beach and/or SCUBA collection.

For details, donations and registration visit cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

RSVP for SCUBA:

Read both pre-event and post-event newspaper articles published by the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader.

01:05 minutes Download video (mp4, 5.92 Mb)


November 25, 2014 - Marine Science Careers Information Session

This event has been organised for our Marine Science and Management Course students but is welcome to all students and staff interested in Marine Science Careers! It will involve USYD Careers Centre presentation ( topics include Networking and Application, Effective National and International Job Search) and guest speakers from Marine related industries and employment:

- Dr Marc Daley
Coastal Advisor - Coastal, Estuary and Floodplains management programs
Regional Operations Group
Office of Environment and Heritage
NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

- Dr Ana M Rubio
Research Fellow Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney)
Environmental Scientist at Hornsby Shire Council (Lower Hawkesbury Estuary Management Plan)

Date: 25th November 2014 1pm
Location: Madsen conference Room 449

November 20 - 21, 2014 - Wetland Education and Training Workshop

‘Managing constructed wetlands and water plants’

All wetlands are under enormous pressure due to anthropogenic activities. Urban constructed wetlands are particularly at risk and can also suffer greatly from unplanned design and inappropriate construction. Poor maintenance and inadequate repair works also add to their degradation. Unless properly planned actions are taken, wetland assets can quickly turn into a huge liability. This two-day workshop will focus on these issues, highlight lessons learned from successful construction and management, as well as discuss effective, practical management tools.

The workshop will include site visits to wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park.

This is the 42nd workshop that the Authority has organised.

See this document for more information and registration details. See also www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/education_and_learning/professional_development.

November 17-21, 2014 - 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.

August 30, 2014 - 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 ...

July 1 - August 29, 2014 - 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.

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

Follow this link for the 2014 AMSA conference timetable which features presentations from many USIMS members including Tim Stephens, Michelle Blewitt, Eleanor Bruce, Doug Cato, Will Figueira, Ross Coleman, Tom Bridge, Renata Ferrari, Rebecca Morris and Inke Falkner (SIMS).