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Congratulations to our star students

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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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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