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ECU welcomes postgraduate marine researchers

Friday, 05 November 2010

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ECU was proud to host the 2010 Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) Young Career Researcher Symposium on Thursday, 3 November at the Joondalup Campus welcoming postgraduate marine scientists from WA’s four public universities.

The symposium summarised four years of marine research by 31 WA postgraduate students, and discussed recent projects, including the response of the marine environment to natural and human effects and the reason why marine life is important to the health of our coastline.

The event was opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Advancement), Professor John Finlay-Jones and included presentations by researchers from ECU’s Centre for Marine Ecosystem Research, Mr Thibaut de Bettignies and Mr Adam Gartner.

Other topics discussed included the food chain in WA estuaries, climate change impacts on coral nutrition, mantra rays and their effect on the Ningaloo Reef and the ecological health of the Swan Estuaries.

Professor Finlay-Jones said WAMSI has a wonderful history of sponsoring postgraduate researchers, and it was a great pleasure to host the symposium at ECU.

“The event was a great opportunity for academics to share research stories, discuss important marine issues and  highlight solutions to topical issues affecting local marine life,” said Professor Finlay-Jones.

For more information on the symposium, visit the WAMSI website.

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