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Congratulations to our star students

Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Emily Lette recently attended the International Association of Astacology’s 22nd International Symposium on Freshwater Crayfish at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, USA from the 9th-13th July, 2018.  She presented her Masters work entitled “Profiling the metabolome of two Cherax species to investigate their reproductive physiology”.  This was a great opportunity for both the CEM and School of Science to showcase their research to an international audience.  Emily’s project is making a huge contribution to our understanding of freshwater crayfish metabolomics and how these may impact on breeding potential – an area of interest to both conservation and aquaculture researchers.  Emily received great feedback from the conference attendees, and was awarded a Student Travel Scholarship of $500 and received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for her oral presentation.  A big congratulations to Emily!

Melissa Karlinski also recently attended a conference, where she presented a poster entitled “Seedling xylem anatomy of two Banksia species relative to availability of groundwater”.  The Royal Society of Western Australia (RSWA) Symposium “Landscapes, Seascapes and Biota: unique Western Australia – Past, Present and Future” was hosted at the University of Western Australia. Mel’s Masters project is highlighting differences in Banksia seedling vulnerability to drought during establishment, leading to a better understanding of how their growth and survival is likely to be influenced by changing groundwater levels. There were ten $1000 sponsored poster awards, and Mel received the University of Western Australia sponsored award. This is a fantastic achievement, congratulations Mel!


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